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Carrying on a tradition over
100 years ago...

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The Western Pacific Railroad was not the largest of the Western Class-One railroads.  It wasn't formed until 1906, with completion in 1909.  However, operating in the shadow of giants like the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and the Union Pacific, the relatively young WP had to work that much harder to survive.  Thanks to the tenacious spirit and dedication of its employees, the WP rolled on in the face of occasional adversity with a spirit, humor, and culture that made them a legendary figure in the annals of railroading.  Come celebrate with us at our annual WP Historical Conventions.  These conventions feature clinics and presentations on models, prototype equipment, lines and structures as well as the people that made the WP famous.  A large banquet with guest speaker rounds out the weekends festivities on Saturday evening.

Historical/Archive Department

- from the February 1952 WESTERN PACIFIC Mileposts

2017 Western Pacific Historical Convention was in Reno May 4-7

Photos & Materials from 2017 Western Pacific Railroad Historical Convention
Reno NV - May 5~7 HERE!

Why the Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society name is being retired by the Feather River Rail Society...

Special Features from the archives...
(Note:  these are both BIG pdf files so they take a minute or two to download)

View a slideshow of the History of the WP106
View a slideshow of the history of the Portola area and the Museum

Historical/Archive Department Resources

Headlight Magazine    

Old WP Videos - by Larry Goss

WPCCVX Altamont
WP auto parts train departs Stockton
WP3552 East 3rd street
UP power James
WP3509 East Milpitas
WP Containers Keddie
WP High Line train
WP U-Boats Rock Creek
WP U-boats Departing Stockton
WP San Jose to Stockton Manifest
WP Milpitas Cab Hop
WP Westbound Pulga
UP791792 Tidewater
WP3005 Oakland
WP3559 East Hearst
WP Meet at James
WP Empty steel James
WP Inside Gateway train James
WP meet 3rd street
WP east bound empty coal
WPCCVX Departs Stockton 1981

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