Santa Trains 2014!

The WPRM will be running Santa Trains again this year, and have even added an extra Saturday!

Trains will run the first THREE Saturdays in December, the 6th, 13th & 20th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Once again we are benefiting EPCAN, the Portola Food Pantry.  Admission is $5.00 + 3 cans of nonperishable food per car load or $10.00 per car load.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there and there will be complimentary Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Cider and Cookies .  Also, be sure to visit the museum Gift and Book Store!

If you would like to help, donations are always welcome.  We need volunteers to help run the event, donations of cookies and baked goods, and monetary donations to help defray the costs.

Santa Trains will be running at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum
700 Western Pacific Way near Old Town Portola
For more information, visit or call Debra Baer at 530-832-0819

You can download the Santa Train flyer here:

Posted in Uncategorized

Continuing Work at the WPRM – 30 October 2014 – 9:50pm

Continuing in a long tradition of efficient night work projects, the baggage car and Silver Plate have been switched into the shop in preparation for Santa Trains. Fritz and Poindexter switched the cars around using former US Army 1857, a Fairbanks-Morse H-12-44 locomotive, directed by Yardmaster Steve Habeck.

Just a reminder, there will be THREE Santa Trains this year, on the first, second, AND third Saturdays of December, starting at 5pm.  Volunteers can sign up on the i-volunteer website.

The Baggage Car and Silver Plate in their Santa Train location.

The Baggage Car and Silver Plate in their Santa Train location.

Admission for the Santa Train event will be $10 per car, or $5 with a donation of three canned food items.  Full details can be found on the WPRM website:

Posted in Operations, Santa Trains | Tagged ,

Work Continues at the WPRM – 30 October 2014

Duane Vander Veen arrived this morning to work on the new (to the museum) forklift, and fix the alternator issues. It now functions properly, and charges the battery.

Duane Vander Veen works on the forklift.

Duane Vander Veen works on the forklift.

Roger Stabler also showed up, along with Fritz, and they spent a few hours fixing the WPMW 37 crane, as the day warmed up from its rather brisk start. After the use of arms, legs, and long tools, it too now functions once more.

Roger Stabler works on WPMW 37

Roger Stabler works on the slew clutch on WPMW 37.

A new governor is now installed in WP 1503, and awaits testing tomorrow, thanks to the combined lifting efforts of Fritz, Duane Vander Veen, and myself. This should resolve issues with the locomotive not loading completely.

Newly installed governor.

New governor installed.

The old governor has been removed, and the 1503 awaits the new one.

The old governor has been removed, and the 1503 awaits the new one.

Posted in Maintenance | Tagged , | Leave a comment

2014 Western Pacific Historical Convention Schedule now available

The 2014 Convention Schedule is now available for download:

Download HERE

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

Posted in Uncategorized

2014 Western Pacific Convention update

The 2014 Western Pacific Historical Convention is coming up in one week. We still have tickets available for the convention. See this page for information.

Presentations this year include the Western Pacific’s final decade, a look at the Sacramento Northern, modelling WP’s RDC-2s, information on WP’s SP trackage rights trains to San Francisco and more.

Our banquet speaker this year is Dave Buccolo, former Terminal Superintendent for the Western Pacific in Stockton and current General Manager of the Central California Traction Company.

In addition, preview copies of the book “72-82: Western Pacific’s Final Decade” will be on hand along with all four authors: Dale Sanders, Ted Benson, Dave Stanley and Dick Dorn.

There are also two layout tours open to convention attendees. And on Sunday, a special breakfast, charter ride and tour of the Western Railway Museum. (Note: Sunday WRM event is extra fare.)   We will also be doing our annual fundraising price raffle and have a vendor room with exhibits and models.

All proceeds benefit the Feather River Rail Society archives and its Arthur Walter Keddie Railroad Library.

The convention is August 15-17 in Fairfield, CA at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please join us!

(If you have questions, please email us at or There are still some banquet seats available as well. Email for details.)

Eugene Vicknair
2014 WP Convention Chair

Posted in Uncategorized

Raffle Winners have been chosen!

Congratulations to  our Grand Prize Winner, Vicky Proud of Vallejo, California, who has won tickets for two on the Feather River Express!  Vicky and her guest will ride in style aboard luxurious private rail cars from Emeryvile, California, to Sacramento, where the Feather River Express will rejoin the route of the original “California Zephyr” through the Feather River Canyon on the Western Pacific and into the museum in Portola to enjoy the Railroad Days Celebration!

Gary Valentinsen of Napa, California has also won tickets for him and a guest to enjoy a gourmet catered dinner on the “Keddie Turn” from Portola Railroad Days to the world famous “Keddie Wye Bridge” and return on the Feather River Express train.

Congratulations to our winners!  We trust you will enjoy your memorable trip of a lifetime!

The Feather River Rail Society would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous donations of tickets and the unwavering support of Trains & Travel International & Chris Skow.  The Western Pacific Railroad Museum looks forward to the return of Passenger Service to Portola during Railroad Days.

Posted in Uncategorized

2014 Convention – Layout Registrations

If you are registering on-line and want to do the Friday (Richmond) and / or Sunday (Napa) layout tours, please email us at or and let us know your name, the name of any others in your party and which tours you would like to do.

Directions and other information for the layout tours and the WRM Sunday Breakfast and Tour will be available at the convention.

Thank you!

Posted in Uncategorized