Society Activities

Annual Meetings and Conferences (Conventions)

The Society holds an annual Conference that includes our annual membership meeting. The annual meeting is like that of any other historical society with reports by the officers and the results of an annual mail ballot election. It also provides for input and discussion by the membership.

The annual meeting is part of a several day conference devoted to presentations and field trips related to the narrow gauge railroads of the SP.

Presentations in the past have covered modeling the railroad, history of the railroad, reports of field trips and observations.

Field trips have involved right-of-way exploration trips, visits to museums and other historic sites, and when available a historic train ride (or two). The field trips are a way of sharing individual knowledge to the membership.

2018 Society Conference

Coming Soon!

2018 Sierra Narrow Gauge Conference

June 7 - 10, 2018 - Nevada City, California.

Presented by the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Co-Hosted by the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Railroad Historical Society Inc.

Come join in for 4 days of Narrow Gauge presentations and activities as we explore the NG Railroads that once roamed the high mountains and lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range. Through presentations and hands on activities we will venture into the history of these railroads and discuss such topics as the locations, structures, equipment, and the people that kept it all on track.

We will also talk about modeling these NG lines and conduct a model show where you can bring your favorite NG modeling projects to show off.

You will be able to examine and inspect up close the many pieces of NG equipment that the museum has on location and can even get a opportunity to ride in one of the restored West Side Lumber Company logging cabooses.

There will be Steam, 2 Rail Cars, and WS Plymouth activity, rides and switching in the yard. We will once again hold our West Side Lumber Company day with all West Side activities and the West Side Restoration Tri-Tip and Chicken BBQ.

The conference will be limited to 130 attendees so register early.

2018 Sierra Narrow Gauge Conference Registration form is now available!

Click here for registration form in PDF format.

Visit our "News" section for the latest conference information.

Future conference locations:

  • 2018 - TBD.

Past conference locations:

  • 2017 - Carson City, Nevada. "H.M. Yerington Mines, Mills, and Railroads".
  • 2016 -
  • 2015 - Hawthorne, Nevada
  • 2014 - Lone Pine, California
  • 2013 - Tonopah, Nevada (the boomtown that changed the C&C)
  • 2012 - Newark, California (SPCRR, etc.)
  • 2011 - Hawthorne, Nevada
  • 2010 - Bishop, California
  • 2009 - Carson City & Dayton, Nevada
  • 2008 - Bishop, California

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Society through either of the following means:

Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Historical Society, Inc.,

P.O. Box 718
Lakeport CA. 95453

E-Mail: Contact Form