Portola Railroad Days 2013

Hello, fellow FRRS Members!

Portola Railroad Days is coming soon.  Scheduled for August 16-18th, we will have activities in support of the event each day.  We are desperate for volunteers to work operations and as crossing guards, help in the gift shop, provide general support (including checking bathrooms, answering visitor questions, assisting with set-up and tear-down) and anything else needed to see that our event goes smoothly.

Since all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, we will have a catered dinner and live rock band (Rock Shop with our own Rick Gruninger on drums) after the visitors leave the grounds on Saturday.  All volunteers are invited to participate in the days events and stay for the after-party!  The more, the merrier!

You can sign up to volunteer on the FRRS / WPRM website using the i-Volunteer software or by contacting me, Gail McClure, at the museum (530-832-4131) or by e-mail at badfrog89@gmail.com.

Please, please, please…come and volunteer – stay and party!

See you there…GMc

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Help Wanted…

Hello to all!

We are in desperate need of volunteers to help with projects around the Museum.  The next project weekend is planned for 06/29-30/2013 to work on the gift shop.  If you can spare the time, don’t mind a little hard work, are ready to sweat, and need a few laughs, please sign up for the weekend on our website through the Members link, e-mail me at badfrog89@gmail.com or call the Museum at 530-832-4131.  We will start at 10 am and finish by 5 pm both days.

Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to seeing you at the Museum!

Gail McClure, Family Life Member

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Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner – Saturday, June 1, 2013

Greetings and Hello!

The annual Membership Meeting and Dinner will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 in the Diesel Shop at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.  The dinner will be a pot-luck with the Museum providing BBQ Tri-Tip and Smoked Chicken.  We ask that all attending bring a dish to feed 4-6:  Last names ending in A-N bring a side dish, M-Z bring a dessert.

Please e-mail me, Gail McClure, at badfrog89@gmail.com and let me know how many in your party as well as what you will be bringing.

Plan on attending this social event and network with other FRRS members!  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Gail McClure

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2013 FRRS Board Elections – nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2013 FRRS Board of Directors Election.

Below are some dates and procedure information that society members need to be aware of.  They are:

Jan 1 – Jan 31, 2013 – Open Nominations. During this time members can nominate themselves or another FRRS member as a candidate for one of the three seats.

Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2013 – Members nominated have this time to either accept their nominations or decline their nominations. Any candidate that does not notify the Election Chair in writing of their intent to withdraw from the election by Feb 28, 2013 will be on the 2013 ballot.

Mar 1- Mar 31, 2013 – Candidates have this time to send their written candidate statement to the Election Chair for inclusion in the ballot instructions.

April 15, 2013 – Ballot mailing, all ballots will be in the mail by this date.

May 25, 2013 – Ballot return deadline, all ballots must be in by this date or they will not be counted. Ballots will be counted May 31 and the results announced at the annual membership dinner at the museum on June 1, 2013.

There is a dedicated email address for the elections: election@wplives.orgFor nominations, please contact Ron Huey, 2013 Election Chair, via the Elections email address or by postal mail at 2013 FRRS Elections, 4536 Meade Street Shasta Lake, CA 96019-9309.

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2013 Western Pacific Railroad Historical Convention

The FRRS is pleased to announce the…

2013 Western Pacific Railroad Historical Convention
The Biggest and Best Ever

May 17 – 19, 2013 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Hosted by the California State Railroad Museum
Located in Old Sacramento, California

• Historic and Modeling Clinics
• Archive and Photo Exhibits
• Rare Film Footage from the Virgil Staff Collection
• Disney California Zephyr Exhibit
• Layout Tours
• Vendors and Special Guests
• Modeling Display and Competition
• Fantastic Banquet in the CSRM Roundhouse
• Special Train Ride and Reception aboard the Sacramento Southern
• Presentation and Discussion on the Future Direction of the FRRS – WPRRHS – WPRM
• Special Museum Tours and Events
• Our Ever Popular Raffle!

Pre-Registration ending May 1, 2013:
• Combination Fare (convention and banquet): $80 for FRRS members, $90 for non members
• Convention only: $40 for FRRS members, $50 for non-members
• Banquet only (available until May 1): $45
Convention only after May 1 until May 15: $45 for FRRS members, $55 for non-members
Convention only at the door: $50 for FRRS members, $60 for non-members

note: There is no charge for non-rail spouses to attend the convention, but they need to be registered and have paid fare to attend the clinics, banquet and some special events.

Register on-line at http://convention.WPLives.org (starting Friday, Dec. 28)
or mail payments to: WP Historic Convention 2013, 12012 Gold Arbor Lane, Gold River, CA 95670

Non-members wishing to join FRRS can receive a 1 year Active membership for $15 more over cost of any non-member fare. This is a 50% discount over regular Active membership. As a special bonus, current members wishing to renew their Active memberships can also do so for 50% off ($25 extra) when they register.

Guest Speaker, Times, Clinic and Event Line-Up and more information will be announced soon. Convention info will be available at http://www.WPRRHS.org and http://www.WPLives.org

Closest hotels…
• Embassy Suites – Riverfront Promenade
• Holiday Inn – Sacramento Capitol Plaza
• Vagabond – Sacramento Old Town
• Delta King – on the river in Old Sacramento
• Hawthorn Suites
• Clarion
• Holiday Inn Express
• Sheraton

Scott McAllister, Convention Chair
eMail – convention@WPLives.org

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Around the Museum, 9/2/2012

Hi Everyone! Yes, we’re way overdue for an update, but here’s one for you. After Railroad Days things began to slow down here at the museum. Summer is coming to a close, schools are going back into session, and so things have slowed down a bit here at the museum. Our volunteers who continue to keep up their participation are remaining busy seeing to ongoing repair and restorations projects as well as general upkeep of the facilities. Right now we are in the midst of the Labor Day Holiday weekend, and business has been great for us so far! Yesterday (Saturday) was busy but today was even busier. This weekend represents kind of our “last hurrah” for the summer, and it’s been great to see so many people coming over the last few days to enjoy our museum – if you are reading this and are among those who have come to visit us this weekend, we thank you so much for making this a great weekend for us! Volunteers helping out this weekend include Ethan Doty, Rick Gruninger, Loren Ross, Gail McClure, Stephanie Parker, Matt Parker, Matt Elems, Bob Sims, Bill Parker, and Fred Elenbaas. Some of us are fortunate enough to be spending this holiday weekend right here at the museum, enjoying the camaraderie of our fellow members – what a great way to spend a long weekend!

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Guest blog

I just recieved a link and video to a wonderful blog post by Author Janet Dawson, who is writing a novel set on the “California Zephyr”.  In it, Ms. Dawson talks about a unique part of her research for her new book:  A “Run – A – Locomotive” experience at our museum.  If you’ve ever been “on the fence” about having your own RAL experience, check it out:


After you read through her blog post, check out the photos and video she posted HERE

Enjoy, and I look forward to reading her book when it comes out.  Should be a winner.


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