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.

Fritz measures for attaching the shelf brackets to the studs in the wall.

Fritz measures for attaching the shelf brackets to the studs in the wall.

Work was complicated by the spacing of the studs being a bit unpredictable, but success was achieved nonetheless.

Fritz measures the middle of the shelf to center it on the brackets.

Fritz measures the middle of the shelf to center it on the brackets.

With the shelf now placed, and attached to the brackets, it was time to re-hang the wall-art that had to be removed.

Wall Art

Wall Art has been changed a bit.

With the shelf mounted, and the large desk removed, we arranged the computers to allow for traffic through the room even with the computers in use.  “New” printers have been acquired and one is operational.

New arrangement of the office allows for people to walk through even when others are using the computers.

New arrangement of the office allows for people to walk through even when others are using the computers.

And, the (mostly) finished product.

The mostly finished product.

The mostly finished product. Ready for use!

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2015 Western Pacific Historical Photo Calendars

There are still WP Historical Photo calendars available.

To order, go to http://calendar.wplives.org.

All proceeds support preservation of the Western Pacific Railroad and its family.

All photos in the calendar are high-resolution scans, professionally retouched and printed, from the Feather River Rail Society historical archives. (note: watermarks shown in attached images are not in calendar.)

Eugene Vicknair
Director – WPRM

FTs leading rail train passing steel train 72d WMMotorcars waiting service 72d WM

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2015 Western Pacific Railroad Calendar now available!

As part of our fundraising efforts, the Feather River Rail Society now has available a Western Pacific 2015 wall calendar featuring images from its WP photo archives. Thirteen photos (12 months plus cover) covering steam, diesel, Sacramento Northern electric, San Francisco Bay ferry operations, motorcars and images of WP crews at work.  The calendar opens to near 11″ X 17″ and it professionally printed on high quality paper.

Price is $15.95 plus tax and $5.00 shipping and handling. The calendar will also be available in the Museum Store at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum during Santa Trains the next two Saturdays (December 13 and 20) from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

To order, go to this address: http//calendar.wplives.org

Enjoy the Western Pacific all year long and help support its preservation!

Eugene Vicknair
Director
Feather River Rail Society

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Santa Trains 2014!

The WPRM will be running Santa Trains again this year, and have even added an extra Saturday!

Trains will run the first THREE Saturdays in December, the 6th, 13th & 20th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Once again we are benefiting EPCAN, the Portola Food Pantry.  Admission is $5.00 + 3 cans of nonperishable food per car load or $10.00 per car load.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there and there will be complimentary Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Cider and Cookies .  Also, be sure to visit the museum Gift and Book Store!

If you would like to help, donations are always welcome.  We need volunteers to help run the event, donations of cookies and baked goods, and monetary donations to help defray the costs.

Santa Trains will be running at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum
700 Western Pacific Way near Old Town Portola
For more information, visit http://www.wplives.org or call Debra Baer at 530-832-0819

You can download the Santa Train flyer here: https://frrs.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/santa-train-flyer-2014.pdf

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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 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: http://www.wplives.org.

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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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