2019 GOLDEN SPIKE RAILS CONVENTION
NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
MAY 7 - 12, 2019
2019 marks the sesquicentennial of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. To celebrate this historic event, the National Railway Historical Society is holding the 2019 National Convention in Utah. The dates of the convention are Tuesday, May 7 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Our host hotel will be the Radisson Hotel-Downtown, 215 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. The telephone number is: 1-801-531-7500.
We will view the celebrations at the Ogden Union Station museum on Thursday, May 9th. Two operating Union Pacific steam locomotives are slated to re-enact the touching of the couplers. The following day, May 10th, we will journey by chartered bus to the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit, to view the 150th anniversary ceremonies at the exact location of the joining of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific lines.
On Saturday, May 11th, we will travel by chartered bus to the Heber Valley Railroad to ride a chartered train over their entire line. That evening the NRHS has been invited by the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society to attend their celebration banquet in Ogden. Chartered buses from our hotel in Salt Lake City to Ogden and return are included in the ticket price. Other convention events will include the annual membership meeting.
Some other sites in Salt Lake City to consider visiting include the former Union Pacific and the former Denver & Rio Grande Western passenger stations, Temple Square and the LDS Family History Library. The former D&RGW station houses the Utah Arts and Heritage Center, as well as the Research Center for the Utah State Archives. The original four commemorative spikes are planned to be on display at the Utah State Capital.
Please be aware that other groups will be hosting events at various venues in the Salt Lake City and Ogden areas throughout the week and access to venues may be limited or not permitted.
Please plan to attend this once-in-a-lifetime series of events marking the opening of the western United States by rail.
Please be aware that the NRHS has little control over special events at the 2019 NRHS National Convention.
The Thursday, May 9th events in Ogden are controlled by the City of Ogden, the State of Utah, the Spike150 organization and the Union Pacific Railroad. As such, we have very limited input to how the event is run and organized.
The Friday, May 10th events at Promontory Summit are controlled by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
We have limited knowledge of the parking situation and of the distances that you may have to walk on unpaved surfaces. We do not know how much seating will be available at the event. We have been advised to encourage attendees to bring camp chairs with them. Very large crowds are expected.
There will be food and drink available for purchase from food trucks, but we have no idea how long the lines may be for service.
Please plan accordingly.