Author Archives: Poindexter

About Poindexter

Operations and Mechanical at the WPRM. Editor for the Train Sheet.

Winter at the WPRM

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 … Continue reading

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Around the Museum – 4 March 2015

Another unseasonably warm day at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum brought Fritz and I up from Reno to begin the work of making the RAL fleet ready for use this coming season. Our goal: Pre-lube, check, and start WP 917D. … Continue reading

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Crew Training for 2015 Season

That time is rapidly approaching again! Crew Training and Orientation will be held on April 11 and 12, 2015, as well as May 2 and 3, 2015.  If you wish to be on the operating crew this season, please make … Continue reading

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Work at the WPRM, 22 January 2015

Today’s efforts at the WPRM involved rearranging the “Ops Office” for greater ease of use. Work began with removing the overly deep desk and placing the shelf that resided on it on the wall. Work was complicated by the spacing … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Roger Stabler also showed up, along with Fritz, and they spent a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Work Continues at the WPRM (Week of April 6)

Work continues to happen at the museum in preparation for the coming season.  This week, work continued on 917-D, getting closer to being ready for re-entry into the RAL program.  Greg Elems is shown below working on rust removal on … Continue reading

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Work continues at the WPRM

Work continues at the WPRM even when we aren’t open to the general public.  Maintaining our fleet of vintage locomotives and rolling stock is a full-time job, and we have been taking full advantage of our mild winter weather over … Continue reading

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