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About the Author and the Vision for these Pages:

The Author and WP 2001 Welcome! My name is Michael Hawkins. I have been interested (you could say it has become a passion) in the history of the Western Pacific since 1974, relatively late in their history.

Before that, I was interested in the Southern Pacific and the Burlington Northern. I had been modeling the Western Pacific Railroad for about 10+ years and collecting as much information on the railroad as I possibly can. I do not have much, but will be happy to share what I do find as I find it.

My goal is to help preserve the understanding, history, and importance of the Western Pacific Railroad. I will try and do this by sharing information with those interested. I strongly support The Feather River Rail Society – Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola and their preservation activities. Their efforts have resulted in the preservation of many pieces of the Western Pacific and their related railroads. They have also played an important part in helping other rail historical associations in their efforts to preserve rail history.

As you will notice, I am big fan of the EMD GP20 locomotive. Western Pacific received one of the first production units of this model and it is now preserved at The Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, CA. This model has been labeled as the start of the new generation of motive power for diesel locomotives. You will find on these pages, the history of the EMD GP20s as well as the history of the Western Pacific GP20s. The goal of this web site is to preserve the history as well as tell the story of these historic locomotives, as well as all of the Western Pacific locomotives.

These pages will change as new information and photographs are found, so stop by every now-and-then to see what is new. I am always open for new information that you may want to share, changes to items that I have, or just want to talk about the Western Pacific; so please contact me through the link on the left side of the page.

Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola:

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For more information on the Feather River Rail Society – Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, please visit their official web site (click on one of the icons above). It is a must for those with an interest in the Western Pacific Railroad. You may want to become a member of the Society and help preserve the history of the Western Pacific Railroad and get involved with the many activities that are going on at the museum.

If you have ever wanted to be an locomotive engineer, you might give their "Run-a-Locomotive" program a try; you will get expert education in the proper ways to run a locomotive and then you become the engineer.

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