Having an operating museum requires that there be an Operating Department. Our Operating Department is dedicated to supporting the museum at the highest level of safety, reliability, courtesy, and professionalism.
The Western Pacific Railroad was more like a family than a business, with a forward-thinking attitude that shaped innovation in the industry. Our organization strives to educate current and future generations in this rich railroad history by operating our historic collection of artifacts and providing a hands-on experience to our visitors and members. The museum attempts to emulate an operating WP facility from the 1950's.
The Operating Department is the backbone of our summer weekend demonstration caboose trains for the public, our Run-a-Locomotive program, and our winter Santa Train charity program. We also support maintenance and restoration activities by moving equipment as required. We wear many hats (some of them hard!) to join other museum teams in the overall mission of the museum. We do track work; we clean up the grounds; we contribute. We also have the times of our lives working together.
The Operating Department is a team of about 50 people who work together to safely maintain and operate a functioning railroad. Most of us do not come from a career in railroading. We come from all walks of life and from near and far. We welcome new members to our team, no experience required. We will train you in the safe operation of a railroad.
How to Join the Operating Department