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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.

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2018 WP Historic Photo Calendars Now Available!

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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
Julia Pagan, one of the original four Red Cross nurses who worked on the Charles' O Sweetwood, visited the museum on July 8th, 2017. See the news item about her visit.
View a slideshow of the history of the Portola area and the Museum

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