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.

2017 Society Conference


June 8 - 11. Gold Dust West Hotel & Casino - Carson City, Nevada.

Come join in for 4 days of of Historical presentations, field trips, and other activities as we explore the life of Henry Marvin Yerington, Nevada's early prominent businessman.

The conference will start out Thursday evening at 6PM with our Society's meet and greet, h'orderves, no host bar, introduction and presentations. Friday we will spend an afternoon and evening at the NSRM with a tour of the equipment stored at the museum, a steam up which includes the Glenbrook, and evening presentations.

Saturday will continue with a field trip to explore some of the mines and mills in and around 6 Mile Canyon, a picnic lunch, and a visit to Virginia City Nevada and then return to the Gold Dust Hotel for evening presentations, Society meeting, raffle, and Board election results.

Sundays activities will include a second field trip for the first part of the day.

Presentations will cover the life of H.M. Yerington, the Bodie & Beton RR, Carson & Colorado RR, Virginia & Truckee Railroad, mining and milling, Yeringtons business's in the Owens Valley, C&C/V&T railroad structure colors, and more.

You can download the registration form which has more detailed information regarding the accommodations and conference fees.

Register early, we have room for only 110 attendees.

You must confirm your Hotel reservations at the Gold Dust by May 2 to receive the discounted rates. Also spaces available at the Hotels Good Sam Approved RV Park.

2017 Conference Registration form is now available.

Click here for registration form in PDF format.

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

Future conference locations:

Past conference locations:

  • 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