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:

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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.

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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


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