2014 WP Historic Convention Update

We’re working our tails off getting some last minute details squared away, but we can now give a first look at the clinic line-up for this year’s convention…





Historic Images from the Roger Hepkema collection                       

Modelling the Zephyrettes by David Epling — Modelling and history of the WP’s RDC-2s           

Gould’s Beachhead by Eugene Vicknair — A look at the Boca and Loyalton Railroad and its impact on the WP       

WP’s San Francisco Detours – from the Ken Meeker collection, edited by Wayne Monger — WP trackage rights trains on the Southern Pacific            

SN and TS before and after the UP merger by Dave Stanley

plus a show TBA



Potash Trains on the WP by Wayne Monger

Tidewater Tour by Ken Rattenne — A look at the Tidewater Southern following the merger

Virgil Staff Films from the FRRS Archives               

The Western Pacific and a Lost Opportunity: the Sacramento Northern Railway by Stuart Swiedler — A discussion of the Sacramento Northern   

72-82: Western Pacific’s Final Decade by Dale Sanders — Overview of the WP from 1972-1982      

Riding the WP 1945 and 1948 by Bob Sims – touring the post war WP from on board the Feather River Express


In addition to the clinics and presentations, we can also announce that advance copies of 72-82: Western Pacific’s Final Decade, by Dale Sanders, Dave Stanley, Ted Benson and Dick Dorn, published by White River Publications, will be available for review and (most) of the authors will be on hand to discuss the book.  This will be one of the first public looks at this eagerly anticipated book.


There are still openings for the layout tours and operations at Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Richmond and Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society in Napa (free), as well as the Sunday morning breakfast and tour at the Western Railway Museum (extra fare).


Our raffle prize pile also continues to grow.  Prizes have been donated by the Napa Valley Wine Train, Kadee Quality Products, Signature Press, Woodland Scenics, the WPRM Museum Store, the FRRS Archives and others.


Please join us in Fairfield, August 15-17, 2014.  For more information or to register, please visit http://convention.wplives.org


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Win Two Tickets for the Feather River Express

Thanks to Trains and Travel International, the Feather River Rail Society has 2 pairs of tickets available, one pair for the Feather River Express travelling to Portola Railroad Days August 8-10, 2014 and another pair for the Keddie Dinner Train on August 9, 2014.

More information can be found here: http://www.wplives.org/Raffle/

Note that the raffle will be held July 28, 2014, so time is short to enter! You can call the museum store during daily business hours (10 AM – 5 PM) or mail in the entry form downloadable from the webpage above.

The Store number is 530.832.4131.

Link to download flyer and purchase form: http://www.wplives.org/Raffle/2014RaffleFlyer.pdf

Info on the Feather River Express and the Keddie Dinner Train: http://traintrips.biz/2014_tours/feather_river_express_iv_2014.php
All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the Feather River Rail Society and its museum and archives programs.

Portola Railroad Days is being held August 8-10 in Portola, CA.

Eugene Vicknair
Director – FRRS

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Western Pacific Historical Convention 2014

A reminder that the Western Pacific RR Historical Convention will be held August 15-16 with special events on August 17 (Friday – Sunday), 2014 in Fairfield, CA. Information and registration are available at http://convention.wplives.org.

Past attendees should have also received or will soon receive a mailing about the convention and information will be in the next Train Sheet. Please join us in Fairfield!

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Around the Museum in the evening, June 30, 2014

As the sun set on a fine Monday at the WPRM, the temperature finally started dropping to the point where work became comfortable.


Steve Habeck has been busy for the last 3 weeks repairing and improving the steps that were used to allow access to the now shrink-wrapped Silver Hostel.  Tonight, he and Fritz moved them to the end of the UP 105 Business Car, allowing visitors to pass through the car and exit without doubling back.



And the finished product, at 9:50pm, with temperatures still comfortable:


Come by and take a look at the 105!

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Press Release – FRRS secures grant from Union Pacific Foundation

FRRS Director Wayne Monger accepts UP Foundation Grant

Feather River Rail Society (Western Pacific Railroad Museum) Director Wayne Monger accepts 2014 Union Pacific Foundation grant check for ongoing Museum Archive preservation activities from Union Pacific Corporation director of Public Affairs for Northern California and Nevada Liisa Stark. May 16, 2014 at Rocklin, California Capitol Corridor depot. Photo by Debbie Baer.

MAY 21, 2014




Feather River Rail Society

Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola
700 Western Pacific Way
P.O. Box 608
Portola, CA 66122
530- 832-4131
Web site www.WPLives.org


   The Feather River Rail Society (FRRS), a public benefit 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is the owner and operator of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum of Portola, California, has announced they were successful in obtaining a $3,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation. This 2014 grant will be used to support ongoing stabilization and cataloguing work by FRRS volunteers of fragile portions of the historical archives of the Western Pacific Railroad stored at the museum site in Portola.

The Union Pacific Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Union Pacific Corporation. The Feather River Rail Society was one of over 2,300 charitable non-profits that applied for a Union Pacific Foundation grant. In 2013, the UP Foundation gave out around $7 million to 980 separate non-profits throughout the entire 23 state service area of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The successful FRRS grant writing team consisted of Active member Debbie Baer of Portola, Life member James Mason of Pasadena and charter Life member Wayne Monger of Suisun City. Mr. Monger has also served as an elected member of the FRRS Board of Directors for 25 of the past 30 years that the Feather River Rail Society has existed as a non-profit corporation. The Union Pacific Foundation grant application was completed prior to the mid-August 2013 deadline. During February 2014, the Union Pacific Foundation informed the FRRS that the grant application was successful and the organization would get $3,000 to support the ongoing volunteer work to stabilize and catalogue the vast Western Pacific Railroad archives.

To award the 2014 Union Pacific Foundation grant checks to all of the 33 winning non-profit charities in the greater Sacramento region, Union Pacific Corporation director of Public Affairs, Northern California and Nevada Liisa Stark arranged for a special Union Pacific heritage passenger train to be operated Friday May 16 between the Rocklin and Auburn Capitol Corridor passenger stations. FRRS representatives Debbie Baer of Portola and Wayne Monger of Suisun City were invited to join with dozens of representatives of the 32 other non-profit charities in the Sacramento region for the on-board ceremonies and check presentations.

The Feather River Rail Society owns and operates the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola. The museum is open to the public seven days a week from 10AM to 5PM from May 1st until October 1st volunteers permitting. Train rides are available on the museum grounds every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The world famous “Run-A-Locomotive” program, where a paying guest can operate a diesel locomotive under the guidance of an instructor, is also available from mid-April through mid-November weather permitting.


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2014 Feather River Rail Society Board of Directors Election Results

Election Committee for 2014:
Matt Shuman (chairman)
Ron Huey
Tellers for 2014:
Courtney Rulley
Michael Scholz
Craig Simmons
Steven Cope

Total ballots cast: 343

Total ruled invalid due to procedural errors: 2
Total valid ballots: 341
Board Candidates: (I = incumbent)
Charlie Spikes (I) – 273
Kerry Cochran (I) – 238
Greg Elems (I) – 224
James Mason – 222
Charlie Spikes, Kerry Cochran and Greg Elems are reelected to their seats.
Write-ins for Board:
Craig Simmons – 2
Rick Gruninger – 2
Bill Meeker – 1
Bill Parker – 1
By-laws Revision Measure:
Yes to adopt – 263 (77% of valid ballots)
No to reject – 66 (19% of valid ballots)
Response rate (ballots received vs. ballots mailed out) was 39.7%.
Total ballots mailed: 864
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It’s a Wrap!

FastWrap from Reno arrived Thursday morning on the 29th to cocoon the Silver Hostel in plastic. It took them about 4 hours working time with 7 people working in a well choreographed process. David Elems is seen here pulling the Silver Hostel around the balloon track past Milward Switch and Political Promise crossing to stage the Hostel for cocooning this fine May 29th morning.



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