Season Opening Work Session

Another season opening work session! We’re continuing our clean-up and work session to get ready for 2017. This weekend we’ll be working in and around the Diesel Shop.
For more information and to sign up, please visit:
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More Convention Shows and Events!

We are pleased to announce several more shows for the WP Convention happening May 4-7, 2017 at Harrah’s in Reno, Nevada:

Orange and Silver Days Gone By – by Keith Ardinger
WP’s Oroville Line Change – by Kerry Cochran
The Story of WP Caboose 668 – by Katy Dickinson
Virgil Staff films
plus, we will soon have information on a special show hosted by Reno ESPN radio personality and train fan Todd Bruso!

We have also added two LAYOUT TOURS:

Kevin Caldwell
Thursday, May 4 – 5 PM to 10 PM
Viewing session
Kevin’s layout is the N Scale Squirrel Valley Railway Company, a 9′ x 13′ foot garage layout with plans for a lower deck. The layout has many different sections (all in various degrees of construction, no formal scenery has been completed) that includes the mountainous Donner Pass, coal regions of DRGW Tennessee Pass, a freelanced brewery section, Southern California citrus region with yards, engine facilities and a passenger station. A 6.5 coil helix has been constructed for the flight down to the proposed lower level. All 66 turnouts and diamonds are handmade with Code 55 track. The main era of focus is late 70s to mid 1980s and include the Western Pacific, Southern Pacific, ATSF, DRGW, UP, and his fictional Squirrel Valley.

James Petro
Friday, May 5 – 5 PM to 10 PM
Operating and viewing session
Jim’s layout is HO scale and models the D&RGW in about 1955. It is an operation oriented layout with several staging areas. It starts with the Joint Line, south of Denver, has a large Denver area, then proceeds through Moffat tunnel and goes through Grand Junction. Car movements are done with car cards. The layout is dispatcher controlled with CTC and some ABS signaling.

More to come!

To register for the convention, please visit:

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Start of Season Work Session!

Hi everyone. We will be having a clean-up and redecoration weekend coming on March 25-26 at the museum. Primary focus will be getting the Museum Store cleared out, cleaned and then repainting the floor and touching up the walls. We will also be working on the Diesel Shop and some other areas.
To get more info and to sign up, please visit:
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2017 WP Convention Update

Update on WP Convention in Reno, May 4-7, 2017.

We have several great presentations currently in the works. They will include:

“The Feather River Lumber Company”  by Dan Elliott – Plumas County Museum
“Indian Valley Railway”  by Eugene Vicknair
“California Zephyr films”  by Warren Haack – Catenary Video Productions
“Time Flies and the Feather Flows – WP Then and Now”  by Steve Cope
“Tesla, California, and the Alameda & San Joaquin Railroad”  by Dan Mosier
“WPRM and the City of Portola: present and future”  by Robert Meacher – Portola City Manager and Steve Habeck – FRRS President

More presentation announcements to follow, as well as the reveal of our banquet speaker. Also coming is a full itinerary for the Sunday excursions and tours.

To register or for more details, go to:

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2017 Historic Convention opens registration

The 2017 Western Pacific Railroad Historic Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada, over May 4-7, 2017 at Harrah’s Reno.

We have some great presentations lined up as well as some special events, including a Western Pacific Night at the Reno Aces vs. Salt Lake City baseball game and a private mixer and tours at the WP / NCO Depot in downtown Reno.

Visit for more information.

We have discount rooms arranged with Harrah’s.  You can reserve them by visiting  King and 2 Double Bed rooms for $247 for the 3 nights of the convention, plus taxes and fees.


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Winter at the WPRM


January 11 saw the museum receive another few inches of snow.

The week of January 9th saw a large amount of weather activity in the Sierra Nevada mountains, with flooding issues in many places, such as Reno, and through the Feather River Canyon. Luckily the museum was spared any major flooding outside the usual snow melt.


Fritz operates the backhoe, steadily clearing the way to the front gates.

The middle of the week saw temperatures drop and another storm move through the area, leaving several inches of snow on top of the previous accumulation, necessitating a trip to the Museum to begin the process of clearing access for the upcoming board meeting. Fritz made his way to the backhoe, and began the process of starting it, while I found a shovel and began clearing a path from the entrance to the parking lot, and through the snow berms to various doors around the shop.


Fritz in his usual snow removal attire, shoveling snow from in front of the entrance gates to allow them to open freely.

After successfully clearing the way to the shop from the front gate, and running out of useful daylight, we put the backhoe away and headed back to Reno.


A clear entrance, with a line of stored Union Pacific locomotives in the background.

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FRRS Sponsors!

The Feather River Rail Society has started a corporate sponsorship program and we have our first two sponsors!

Huge thank you to Portola Village Pharmacy for signing on as our first sponsor under this program.  They have joined as a SILVER level sponsor.

Just a few days later, Feather River Food Co-op also joined as a SILVER level.

You can see our sponsor page at:

For a description of the sponsorship levels or to become a sponsor, please visit:

We ask everyone to patronize our sponsors and let them know you appreciate their support of the FRRS and preservation of the Western Pacific!

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