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Western Pacific Railroad Museum
Western Pacific Railroad Museum

Portola, CA

May 25, 2008

Story and photographs by Richard Elgenson
RailNews Network writer

As part of the Domes Over Donner tour, we were treated to a whirlwind tour of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.  Bill Parks drove all who were interested in visiting the museum.  Eugene Vicknair, Feather River Rail Society  Secretary, was our docent for most of the tour.  Our first order of business was a train ride on the caboose train pulled by the WP 707 locomotive.


A family is enjoying their ride on the old Missouri Pacific caboose.


Above, views across the property to the still operating Union Pacific Railroad.

Next, we were invited aboard the WP 707 for another quick trip around the museum.  This1952 vintage  locomotive has dual control stands.  Below left, engineer Don Nelson handles the engine.  Lew Barnard explains how a locomotive controls work.

On the ground near the WP2001 is Steve Habeck,  Vice-President and Yardmaster.
The museum has a vast collection of large and small railroad equipment.  The Quincy Railroad number 3 is sandwiched between the WP 2001 Geep and the UP Centennial 6946.


Western Pacific Railroad Museum Visit

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