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Convention History

A Chronology Of AAPRCO Conventions 1978 – 2017

A List of Participating Cars Follows Below.

2001

Denver, Colorado

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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1999

Tampa, Florida

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1998

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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1997

Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

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1996

New Orleans, Louisiana

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1995

Nelson, British Columbia (Canada)

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1994

St. Louis, Missouri

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1993

Sacramento, California

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1992

Hoboken, New Jersey

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1991

Ashland, Wisconsin

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1990

Galveston, Texas

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1989

San Diego, California

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1987

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1988

St. Louis, Missouri

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Portland, Oregon

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Washington, District of Columbia

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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Denver, Colorado

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Mexico City (Mexico)

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White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

1979

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Chicago, Illinois

Participating Cars

2017 Convention – Burlington, VT (40th annual convention)
18 cars:
Federal, J. Pinckney Henderson, Wisconsin, Francis L. Suter, Pacific Sunset, Puget Sound, Sierra Hotel, Berlin, Dearing, San Marino, Pacific Sands, Tioga Pass, Promontory Point, Moonlight Dome, Birch Grove, Northern Sky, Northern Dreams and Georgia 300.

“The AAPRCO Green Mountain Flyer carried all 18 cars from Albany-Rensselaer NY to Burlington VT and return.”

2016 Convention – Spokane, WA (39th annual convention)
21 cars:
Yerba Buena, Redwood Empire, Burrard, Puget Sound, Sierra Hotel, Cimarron River, Caritas, Pacific Sunset, Berlin, Dearing, Birch Grove, Moonlight Dome, Oliver Hazard Perry, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, J Pinckney Henderson, Wisconsin, Pacific Sands, Tioga Pass, Federal and City of Spokane.

“The AAPRCO City of Spokane carried all 21 cars one way from Denver CO to Spokane WA.”

2015, St. Louis, Missouri (38th annual convention)
20 cars:
Dagny Taggart, Greenwich Estate Greenwich Harbor, J. Pinckney Henderson, Wisconsin, Northern Sky, Northern Dreams, Silver Star, Cimarron River, Caritas, Oliver Hazard Perry, Birch Grove, Moonlight Dome, Burrard, Dearing, Pacific Sands, Kansas, Sierra Hotel, Promonotory Point and Suitsme.

Oliver Hazard Perry was added at Cincinnati. Dagny Taggart was removed at St. Louis.

The “AAPRCO Spirit of St. Louis”.

2014, Portland, Maine (37th annual convention)
26 cars:
Babbling Brook, City of Spokane, Puget Sound, Sierra Hotel, New York Central 3, Mount Vernon, Dearing, Dover Harbor, Cannonball, J. Pinckney Henderson, Wisconsin, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Caritas, Cimarron River, Pacific Sunset, Salisbury Beach, Pacific Sands, Tioga Pass, Vista Canyon, Federal, Oliver Hazard Perry, Observatory, Moonlight Dome, Birch Grove and Georgia 300.

The “AAPRCO Pine Tree Limited”.

2013, Napa, California (36th annual convention)
28 cars:
Silver Solarium, City of Spokane, Chapel Hill, Birch Grove, Observatory, Oliver Hazard Perry, Wisconsin, Hollywood Beach, New York Central 3, Montana, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Virginia City, Pacific Sunset, Tioga Pass, Pacific Sands, Scottish Thistle, Vista Canyon, Federal, Promontory Point, SuitsMe, Berlin, Dearing, Puget Sound, Sierra Hotel, Caritas, Two Rivers, and Burrad.

The “AAPRCO Napa Valley Limited”.

2012, Chattanooga, Tennessee (35th annual convention)
29 cars:
Berlin, Birch Grove, Cannon Ball, Caritas, Cimarron River, City of Spokane, Dearing, Dover Harbor, Federal, Georgia 300, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Mount Vernon, New York Central 3, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Observatory, Pacific Sands, Pacific Sunset, Pacific Union, Puget Sound, Royal Street, Santa Fe 56, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Suits Me, Vista Canyon, and Wisconsin.

The “AAPRCO Chattanooga Limited” carried all 29 cars from Washington DC to Chattanooga TN and return. It sets a new record for the largest number of cars participating in a convention special train.

2011, Kansas City, Missouri
20 cars:
Santa Fe 56, Birch Grove, Burrard, Caritas, Chapel Hill, Evelyn Henry, Federal, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Pacific Sands, Promontory Point, Puget Sound, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Virginia City, Vista Canyon, Warren R. Henry, Wisconsin and Yosemite Falls.

The “AAPRCO Kansas City Chief” carried all 20 cars one way from New Orleans LA to Kansas City MO.

2010, Pueblo, Colorado
20 cars:
Birch Grove, Burrard, Caritas, Cimarron River, Chapel Hill, Federal, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Observatory, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Pacific Sands, Puget Sound, Scenic View, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Iris, Virginia City, Vista Canyon, and Wisconsin.

The “AAPRCO San Juan Limited” operated Albuquerque NM – Walsenburg CO – Alamosa CO – Walsenburg CO – Pueblo CO – Amarillo TX – Albuquerque NM.

While the “AAPRCO San Juan Limited” was parked at Pueblo CO for the convention, Caritas, Cimarron River, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, and Scenic Viewoperated an excursion trip around one of the high speed loop tracks at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI), Pueblo, Colorado.

2009, Savannah, Georgia
20 cars:
Birch Grove, Burrard, Cannon Ball, City of Spokane, Chapel Hill, Dover Harbor, Diablo Canyon, Federal, Georgia 300, Greenwich Estate, Greenwich Harbor, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Pacific Sands, Promontory Point, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Vista Canyon, and Wisconsin.

The “AAPRCO James L. Larson Florida Special” operated from Washington DC to City Point FL, then returned to Washington DC by way of Savannah GA.

2008, San Pedro, California
24 cars:
Bella Vista, Birch Grove, Burrard, Caritas, Chapel Hill, City of Angels, City of Spokane, Colonial Crafts, Colorado Pine, Hollywood Beach, Louis Sockalexis, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Observatory, Overland Trail, Palm Leaf, Pointe St. Charles, Pony Express, Salisbury Beach, Scottish Thistle, Silver Lariat, Tolani, Two Rivers, and Virginia City.

The “AAPRCO San Diegan” carried all cars from Los Angeles to San Diego and return to San Pedro. Motive power was ATSF 3751 (Northern class 4-8-4) and three Amtrak P42 locomotives.

2007, Omaha, Nebraska (30th annual convention)
18 cars:
Birch Grove, Burrard, Caritas, Chapel Hill, City of Spokane, Diablo Canyon, Georgia 300, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Jane Marie, Metis, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Pacific Sands, Promontory Point, Scottish Thistle, Vista Canyon, and Vista Dome.

The “AAPRCO City of Omaha” carried all cars from Chicago to Omaha and return. Union Pacific provided their power car 207, City of San Francisco, Overland, City of Los Angeles, and St. Louis for the car party on Friday night.

2006, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, Pennsylvania
19 cars:
Birch Grove, Chapel Hill, Chico, Diablo Canyon, Dover Harbor, Federal, Hickory Creek, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Metis, Mount Vernon, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Pacific Sands, Pacific Union, Scottish Thistle, Vista Canyon, and Vista Dome.

The “AAPRCO Green Mountain Pocono Express” operated Chicago IL – Albany-Rensselaer NY – Cantic QC (Canada) – St. Albans VT – Albany-Rensselaer NY – Scranton PA – Albany-Rensselaer NY – Chicago IL.

Dover Harbor, Hickory Creek, J. Pinckney Henderson, and Mount Vernon arrived at Albany-Rensselaer on regularly scheduled Amtrak trains and were added to the “AAPRCO Green Mountain Pocono Express” at that location. On the way home from the convention, these 4 cars were setout at Albany-Rensselaer and travelled on regularly scheduled Amtrak trains to New York NY and on to Washington DC.

2005, Williams, Arizona
22 cars:
Birch Grove, Burrard, Chapel Hill, City of Spokane, Evelyn Henry, Federal, Georgia 300, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Metis, North Star, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Pacific Sands, Point St. Charles, Pony Express, Santa Fe 56, Scottish Thistle, Silver Iris, Vista Dome, and Warren R. Henry.

The “AAPRCO Arizona Limited” operated Chicago IL – Albuquerque NM – Santa Fe NM – Williams AZ – Grand Canyon AZ – Phoenix AZ – Chicago IL.

City of Spokane, Pacific Sands, Pony Express, Scottish Thistle, and Silver Iris arrived at Albuquerque on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and were added to the “AAPRCO Arizona Limited” at that location.

2004, Missoula, Montana
24 cars:
Birch Grove, Burrad, Chapel Hill, Colorado Pine, Dagny Taggart, Federal, Gritty Palace, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Jane Marie, Metis, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Pacific Union, Pointe St. Charles, Pony Express, Royal Street, Scottish Thistle, Silver Quail, Silver Solarium, Virginia City, Vista Canyon, and Vista Dome.

The eastern section of the “AAPRCO Northern Parks Limited” operated Chicago IL – Denver CO – Livingston MT – Missoula MT – Sandpoint ID – Chicago IL. Colorado Pine and Scottish Thistle were added to the consist at Denver.

The western section of the “AAPRCO Northern Parks Limited” operated Spokane WA – Livingston MT – Missoula MT – Sandpoint ID – Spokane WA. The consist was Burrad, Jane Marie, Pony Express, Silver Solarium, Virginia City, Vista Canyon, and Yosemite Falls.

2003, New Orleans, Louisiana
29 cars:
Bella Vista, Birch Grove, Burrard, Cannon Ball, Chapel Hill, Colorado Pine, Colorado River, Georgia 300, Greenwich Harbor, Henry Hudson, Henry E. Huntington, Hollywood Beach, Jane Marie, Metis, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver Hazard Perry, Pacific Union, Palm Beach, Puget Sound, Royal Street, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Iris, Silver Quail, The Survivor, Virginia City, Vista Canyon, and Vista Dome.

Nineteen cars arrived in New Orleans from Chicago on the “AAPRCO 2003 Southern Belle”: Birch Grove, Burrard, Chapel Hill, Colorado Pine, Colorado River, Henry Hudson, Hollywood Beach, Metis, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Oliver H. Perry, Pacific Union, Palm Beach, Puget Sound, Royal Street, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Quail, and Vista Dome.

These ten cars arrived on Amtrak: Cannon Ball, Greenwich Harbor, and The Survivor on the “Crescent;” Bella Vista, Georgia 300, Henry E. Huntington, Jane Marie, Silver Iris, Virginia City, and Vista Canyon on the “Sunset Limited.”

The New Orleans-Chicago “AAPRCO Panama Limited” was essentially the same as the “Southern Belle” with these exceptions: Burrard arrived on the “Belle;” it started for home on the “Sunset.” Silver Iris and Virginia City arrived on the “Sunset;” they started for home on the “Limited.”

2002, The B&O Museum, Baltimore, Maryland (25th annual convention)
23 cars:
Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403, Palmetto State, Mount Vernon, J. Pinckney Henderson, The Survivor, Henry Huntington, City of Spokane, Hollywood Beach, Federal, Sierra Hotel, Promontory Point, Jane Marie, America, Palm Beach, Colorado River, Scottish Thistle, Vista Dome, Chapel Hill, Yerba Buena, Northern Sky, Silver Iris, Virginia City, Georgia 300.

AAPRCO Silver Anniversary Baltimore Limited, western section: City of Spokane, Hollywood Beach, Federal, Sierra Hotel, Promontory Point, Jane Marie, America, Palm Beach, Colorado River, Scottish Thistle, Vista Dome, Chapel Hill, Yerba Buena, Northern Sky, Silver Iris, Virginia City, Georgia 300 (17 cars Chicago-Baltimore-Clearfield, and 19 cars Clearfield-Chicago).

Eastern train: Caritas, Cimarron River, Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403, Palmetto State, Mount Vernon, J. Pinckney Henderson, The Survivor, Henry Huntington, Mohave, Golden Sand, Warrior Ridge, Pennsylvania 120 (12 cars Philadelphia-Clearfield, 10 cars Clearfield-Pittsburgh, 8 cars Pittsburgh-Baltimore, and 8 cars Baltimore-Philadelphia following the convention).

NOTES:
AAPRCO Silver Anniversary Baltimore Limited, eastern section cars in the eastern train consist were Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403, Palmetto State, Mount Vernon, J. Pinckney Henderson, The Survivor, and Henry Huntington (6 cars). Power: Amtrak 25 (requested for the 25th Anniversary Convention train), and 137.
Caritas and Cimarron River traveled Philadelphia-Pittsburgh October 19­21 with the eastern train.
Mohave, Golden Sand, Warrior Ridge, and Pennsylvania 120 operated Philadelphia-Clearfield as the Susquehannock. Mohave and Golden Sand remained at Clearfield, PA, October 21­27. Both were added to the westbound AAPRCO Silver Anniversary Baltimore Limited, western section between Clearfield and Chicago on October 28.
Power for the eastern train: former Pennsylvania Railroad E-8A units 5711 and 5809.
A third Amtrak unit, 152, added to the western train, Pittsburgh-Chicago, October 28.
Warrior Ridge and Pennsylvania 120 were parked inside the fence at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum to protect them from the possibility of vandalism, but were not a part of the convention at the Museum.
Three former Museum-owned MARC cars, 1 and 130 on the end of Track 8, and 102 at the head of Track 4 were not a part of the convention.

2001, Denver, Colorado
26 cars:
Bella Vista, Burrard, Caritas, Chapel Hill, City of Spokane, Georgia 300, Henry Huntington, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Jane Marie, Northern Dreams, Northern Nites, Northern Sky, Pacific Sunset, Palm Beach, Palmetto State, Plaza Santa Fe, Pointe St. Charles, Royal Street, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Iris, Silver Quail, Silver Solarium, Tamalpais, Vista Dome.

AAPRCO Eastern Rocky Mountain Limited: Caritas, Chapel Hill, Georgia 300, Hollywood Beach, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Palm Beach, Palmetto State, Royal Street, Silver Quail, Silver Solarium, Vista Dome (12).

AAPRCO Western Rocky Mountain Limited: Bella Vista, Burrard, Henry Huntington, Jane Marie, Pacific Sunset, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel (7).

Arriving on Amtrak: City of Spokane, J. Pinckney Henderson, Northern Nites, Plaza Santa Fe, Pointe St. Charles, Silver Iris, Tamalpais (7).

NOTES:
1) Bella Vista and Sierra Hotel added to eastern train at Denver for return trip to Chicago.
2) Bella Vista is the second Rail Ventures car to be so named. Original Bella Vista is on long-term lease to AOE and has been renamed.

2000, Winnipeg, Manitoba
23 cars:
AAPRCO Winnipeg Limited: Dagny Taggart, Palm Beach, Virginia City, Silver Quail, Cimarron River, Pine Tree State, Burrard, Hollywood Beach, Vista Canyon, Jane Marie, Colorado River, Scottish Thistle, Vista Dome, Georgia 300, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, Northern Nites, Northern View, Sierra Hotel, Silver Solarium, Caritas.
Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403 , not a part of the Limited, added as Milwaukee Road 261 crew car between Minneapolis and Duluth.

Two cars, Pointe St. Charles and Colonial Crafts , traveling all the way across Canada (Vancouver-Halifax), stopped in Winnipeg for the convention.  The pair arrived from the west on the rear of the Canadian the afternoon of 8/31 and continued east on 9/2.  While in Winnipeg, both cars parked at the VIA Maintenance Center.
Total of 23 cars in Winnipeg for the convention: 21 at Winnipeg Union Station, two at the VIA Maintenance Center.
VIA F40s 6413 and 6425 all the way.  Wisconsin Central GP40 3014 and SD45 6624 added at Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, on the afternoon of 9/5.  3014 removed from train 9/6 at Schiller Park Yard; 6624 continued on into Chicago.

1999, Tampa, Florida
24 cars
AAPRCO Dixie Flyer: Amtrak engines 76 and 35, then Silver Solarium, Hollywood Beach, The Survivor, Scottish Thistle, Glacier Park, Casper Mountain, Sierra Hotel, Palm Beach, Palmetto State, The North Star, Lambert(s) Point, Caritas, Pine Tree State, Cimarron River, Jane Marie, Northern Dreams, Northern Sky, and Georgia 300. (18 cars)

Arriving and departing Tampa on Amtrak: Francis L. Suter, Cannon Ball, Intrepid, Henry E. Huntington, Pointe St. Charles, Coco Grove.

1998, Albuquerque, New Mexico
25 AAPRCO-member-owned cars, plus 1 Amtrak car.

Silver Solarium, Palm Beach, Hollywood Beach, Vista Canyon, Northern Sky, Caritas, Chapel Hill (7 cars).
These seven cars operated Chicago-Albuquerque as a part of 28 total car train #3, then Albuquerque-Grand Canyon-Santa Fe-Albuquerque as a 7-car all-private car special.  Cars returned east Albuquerque-Kansas City as part of eastbound train #4, then Kansas City-Iowa-Chicago as 7-car all-private car special.

City of Spokane, Cimarron River, Columbia River, Pacific Sunset (Wab. 800698), Pine Bluff, Jane Marie, Pacific Grove, Glacier Park, Scottish Thistle, Casper Mountain, Intrepid, Burrard, Virginia City, Silver Iris, Silver Lariat, baggage-dormitory 3105 (ex-SP Sunset Limited), Palm Leaf, AMT 2230 (leased to CSX, named Miami Beach), Pointe St. Charles. (19 cars).
This western AAPRCO train operated on all segments as a 19-car all-private car train.

1997, Montreal, Quebec & North Conway (Gorham, actually), N.H.
(20th annual convention)
22 AAPRCO member-owned cars, 3 railroad-owned cars.

CSX office car 317 Baltimore, Burrard, Caritas, Casper Mountain, Chapel Hill, Cimarron River, Duchess Lynn, Golden Mission, Henry E. Huntington, Hollywood Beach, Intrepid, Jane Marie, CSX power car 363 Kentucky, Lehigh Valley 353, Northern Sky, Ohio River, Palm Beach, Pine Tree State, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Solarium, Sonoma Valley, The Survivor, Vista Dome, CSX safety training car 310 West Virginia.

Lehigh Valley 353 operated Chicago-Montreal only in both directions, account front truck derailed at Valleyfield, Ontario, second day out of Chicago.

1996, New Orleans, Louisiana
26 AAPRCO member-owned cars, plus 1 Illinois Central business car, 1 BNSF power car ( BNA 30, Snoqualmie River), 2 IC E-units (100-101); see note below:

Bonnie Brook, Caritas, Casper Mountain, Chapel Hill, Cimarron River, City of Milwaukee, City of Spokane, Coco Grove, Georgia 300, Jane Marie, Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403, Northern Sky, Ohio River, Pacific Grove, Palm Beach, Pennsylvania 120, Pointe St. Charles, Prairie Rose, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Iris, Silver Solarium, The North Star, The Survivor, Virginia City, Vista Canyon.

NOTE:  BNSF power car BNA30, Snoqualmie River left upon arrival at New Orleans, Oct. 23, and was not a part of the convention.  The IC business car departed Thursday evening (10:30 p.m.) following the first private car open house.
1995, Nelson, British Columbia
37 cars at Nelson (see note below):
Amtrak 2222 Silver Pelican, Amtrak 2231 Star Crest, Bella Vista, Blue Ridge, Burrard, Casper Mountain, Caritas, Cimarron River, City of Spokane, Columbia River, Dagny Taggart, Duchess Lynn, Georgia 300, Golden Mission, Henry E. Huntington, Hollywood Beach, Imperial Sands, Indianapolis 500, Jane Marie, National Forum, Native Son, Northern Sky, Ohio River, Pacific Grove, Palm Beach, Palm Leaf, Pointe St. Charles, Sierra Hotel, Silver Iris, Silver Solarium, Sonoma Valley, Tallahassee, Tamalpais, The Survivor, Virginia City, Vista Canyon, Yerba Buena.

NOTE:   Intrepid carried in the Chicago train Chicago-Spokane only; and in the Los Angeles train Seattle-Los Angeles only.   Intrepid did not go into Canada account set out with bearing problem at Spokane.  SP business car Stanford carried on Los Angeles train Los Angeles-Oakland only.  Car was not part of the AAPRCO train consist.

1994, St. Louis, Missouri
30 cars:
Blue Ridge, Cannon Ball, Caritas, Casper Mountain, Chapel Hill, CSXT Florida, Cuivre River, Cuivre River, Dagny Taggart, Doris, Dover Harbor, Georgia 300, Hollywood Beach, Intrepid, Jane Marie, Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403, Montecito, Mountain View, Northern Sky, Ohio River, Osage River, Pacific Grove, Prairie Rose, Royal Street, Scottish Thistle, Sierra Hotel, Silver Iris, The North Star, The Survivor, Virginia City, Yerba Buena.

1993, Sacramento, California
44 cars:
Bella Vista, Blue Ridge, Burrard, Caritas, Cascade Nights, Chapel Hill, City of Spokane, Columbia River, Dagny Taggart, Florida, Georgia 300, Golden Mission, Hollywood Beach, Imperial Sands, Intrepid, Jane Marie, Missouri-Kansas-Texas 403, Montecito, Monterey, National Border, National Forum, Native Son, Northern Sky, Pacific Grove, Palm Beach, Palm Leaf, Paris, Peterson Canyon, Plaza Santa Fe, Pointe St. Charles, Pony Express, Prairie Rose, Sacramento Southern 1536, Salisbury Beach, Sierra Hotel, Silver Lariat, Silver Lookout, Sonoma Valley, Tallahassee, Tamalpais, Tennessee, The Survivor, Union Pacific 103, Virginia City.

1992, Hoboken, New Jersey (15th annual convention)
28 cars, 27 of them AAPRCO member-owned (see note below):
Pennsylvania 120, Phoebe Snow, Hollywood Beach, J. Pinckney Henderson, Cannon Ball, Chapel Hill, The North Star, Boonesborough, Saint Lucie Sound, Ohio River, Sierra Hotel, City of Chicago, Intrepid, Palm Beach, Pacific Grove, Caritas, Silver Palace, Cimarron River, Amtrak Viewliner sleeper 2300, Northern Plains, Northern Nites, Northern View, Northern Sky, Mountain View, Imperial Sands, Silver Solarium, Dagny Taggart, Lehigh Valley 353.

NOTE: the 28 car figure shown above includes one car not originally intended to be a part of the convention.  Amtrak Viewliner sleeper 2300 was supposed to have been removed from the eastbound “AAPRCO Phoebe Snow” consist upon arrival at Hoboken, and was to be returned in time to make the trip back to Chicago.  In fact, however, the sleeper remained at Hoboken for the entire convention and therefore has been included in the total car count.
1991, Ashland, Wisconsin
25 cars:
Ex-Northern Pacific 254, Silver Solarium, ex-C&NW 6700, ex-CN/VIA 1348, Cimarron River, Caritas, Blue Ridge, Duchess Lynn, The North Star, Chapel Hill, Intrepid, Tennessee, Hollywood Beach, MKT 403, Ohio River, Palm Beach, Sierra Hotel, Wisconsin, Dagny Taggart, Tucson, Prairie Rose, Phoebe Snow, Northern Plains, Northern Nites, Northern View.

1990, Galveston, Texas
36 cars:
Caritas, North Star, MKT 403, Georgia 300, Silver Lariat, Sierra Hotel, Blue Ridge, Imperial Sands, Palm Beach, Vista Canyon, Cannon Ball, Yerba Buena, Bella Vista, Silver Solarium, Leigha Marie, Chapel Hill, Cimarron River, Amtrak 10501, Amtrak 10502, Saint Lucie Sound, J. Pinckney Henderson, Hollywood Beach, Cornelia, Virginia City, National Forum, Columbia River, Eagle Cliff, Texan, Intrepid, ex-AT&SF 403, ex-IC 8, Northern View, Northern Nites, Peterson Canyon, Ocean, Phoebe Snow.

1989, San Diego, California
34 cars:
The Survivor, Columbia River, National Forum, Native Son, Castleblayney, Silver Iris, Running Crane Lake, Lebanon Valley, Good Cheer, Henry E. Huntington, La Condesa, Mount Hood, Palm Beach, Manatee River, Sierra Hotel, Virginia City, Plaza Santa Fe, Chapel Hill, Georgia 300, Palm Leaf, Warrior River, Imperial Sands, Blue Ridge, MKT 403, Caritas, Yerba Buena, Bella Vista, Peterson Canyon, San Marino, Lehigh Valley 353, Amtrak 10501, Amtrak 10502, Catherine Boothe, Cyrus K. Holliday.

1988, St. Louis, Missouri
37 cars:
The Survivor, Yerba Buena, North Star, Philadelphia Star, Montana, Georgia 300, Cannon Ball, Duchess Lynn, Babbling Brook, Saint Lucie Sound, Hiram, Westport, Silver Solarium, Virginia City, Castleblayney, Blue Ridge, Eaton, Phoebe Snow, Bella Vista, Garden State, Lehigh Valley 353, Catherine Boothe, Charette Creek, Chief Keokuck, Chapel Hill, Cimarron River, Good Cheer, Peterson Canyon, Pony Express, San Marino, Susan Marie, Venice, Caritas, Palm Beach, Monon, Amtrak 10501, Amtrak 10502.

1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (10th annual convention)
37 cars:
The Survivor, Catherine Boothe, Virginia City, Montana, Chapel Hill, Silver Lookout, St. James Place, Belle McKee, Susan Marie, Cannon Ball, Cornelia, Lehigh Valley 353, Georgia 300, Dover Harbor, Philadelphia Star, Ohio River, Pennsylvania 1155, Woodland Stream, Garden State, Pine Tree State, Kanawha, Roanoke, Intrepid, Caritas, Amtrak 10002,  Amtrak 10001, Colonial Crafts, Clover Colony, Hampton Roads, Boonesborough, Native Son, Palm Leaf, California, San Marino, North Star, Palm Beach, Silver Solarium.

1986, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
36 cars:
The Survivor, Philadelphia Star, Chapel Hill, Innsbrook, Catherine Boothe, Edward Randolph Godfrey, Garden State, Cimarron River, Amtrak 10504, Silver Solarium, La Condesa, Norma Peterson, National Border, ex-Union Pacific 5011, Cannon Ball, Lebanon Valley, Good Cheer, Erie 400, Pennsylvania 1155, Skagit River, Silver Chalet, Ohio River, Clover Colony, Southern 9, Lehigh Valley 353, Hiram, Caritas, Louisa, Boonesborough, North Star, Imperial Leaf, Golden Moon, Venice, Susan Marie, Palm Beach, Montana.

1985, Portland, Oregon
27 cars:
The Survivor, Philadelphia Star, Yerba Buena, Amtrak 10504, Catherine Boothe, Venice, Susan Marie, Chapel Hill, Cornelia, Hampton Roads, Caritas, Imperial Sands, ex-Union Pacific 5011, Native Son, La Condesa, Montana, Mount Hood, Palm Beach, Charlotte, City of Chicago, Eagle Cliff, Miln D. Gillespie, Skagit River, Silver Chalet, Belle McKee, Virginia City, Imperial.

1984, Washington, District of Columbia
40 AAPRCO member-owned cars (see note below):
The Survivor, Silver Lookout, Palm Beach, Warrior River, Iron Horse, Cornelia, Saint Lucie Sound, Pride of the Genesee, Erie 400, Charlotte, Eagle Cliff, Lehigh Valley 353, Lebanon Valley, Pennsylvania 120, Cedar Rapids, Minnesota River, Ohio River, Pennsylvania 1155, Yerba Buena, Susan Marie, Bluebonnet, Good Cheer, Cannon Ball, Hampton Roads, Philadelphia Star, Chapel Hill, Innsbrook, Independence, Birmingham, Boonesborough, Ferdinand Magellan, Imperial Leaf, Golden Moon, Fort Benning, Fort Monmouth, Cape Tormentine, Florida Sunrise, Manatee River, Pass-A-Grille Beach.

NOTE: the above car count of 40 does not include railroad owned cars in the station (1 car) or privately owned or railroad owned cars in the vicinity of the station (7 cars), but not a part of the convention that weekend.

1983, New Orleans, Louisiana
27 cars:
Former Amtrak 3344, 9224, Amtrak 10000, Cannon Ball, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, City of Cleveland, Cornelia, Eagle Cliff, ES&NA 50, Fort Benning, Fort Monmouth, Good Cheer, Hampton Roads, Imperial, Independence, Manatee River, Otto Kuhler, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Pennsylvania 1155, Philadelphia Star, Saint Lucie Sound, Silver Lookout, The Survivor,  Venice, Wayside, Yerba Buena.

1982, Denver, Colorado (5th annual convention)
15 cars:
Gritty Palace, Susan Marie, Chapel Hill, Imperial, Eagle Cliff, City of Chicago, Venice, Janice L, ex-AT&SF 56, ex-AT&SF 57, Baby Doe, JO-VI-LA, Minnesota River, Otto Kuhler, Boonesborough.

1981, Mexico City, Mexico
10 cars:
Chapel Hill, Hampton Roads, Imperial, City of Cleveland, Lake Pepin, National Border, Venice, Charlotte, 101, Imperial Sands.

1980, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
14 cars:
Georgetown, Cynthia, Erie 400, Imperial, Palm Beach, Stuart Knott, Houston, Virginia Beach, GHM 1, Hampton Roads, Chapel Hill, Clover Colony, Queen of Scots, Blackhawk.

1979, New Orleans, Louisiana
4 cars:
JO-VI-LA, Hampton Roads, Chapel Hill, Virginia Beach.

1978, Chicago, Illinois
3 cars:
Chapel Hill, Susan Marie, Hampton Roads.

The AAPRCO Web Committee is greatly indebted to the late John H. Kuehl,
former editor of Private Varnish, for the detailed information on the 1978 through 2003 conventions.

 

Updated 9/22/2017