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Run A Locomotive Rates
  • Plan A - $175 for 1 hour
    Switch Engine: SP 1100 (EMD TR6A).

  • Plan B - $200 for 1 hour
    Road Engine: WP 917D (EMD F7) or SP 2873 (EMD GP9)
  • Plan C - $300 for two hours
    Switch Engine for the first hour and Road Engine for the second hour.

*Please note that while advanced reservations are strongly encouraged, walk-ins will be taken on a time available, first come first served basis, weather, personnel, and locomotive availability permitting.
 

 

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Our World Famous "Run-A-Locomotive" program allows you, our visiting public, to rent a vintage diesel locomotive and operate it on the museum grounds, under the close supervision of your own private instructor.  Relive a childhood fantasy!  No experience required, just an adventurous mind.  Income from locomotive rentals helps fund the restoration of our historic equipment.

 

The "R-A-L program" has three basic & two special plans, all include private instruction from a qualified engineer.

Do you have a friend or family member that loves to remind you how large their vehicle is?  At the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, you and your family can take the throttle YOURSELF in one of our vintage diesel locomotives! (with a qualified engineer/instructor of course!)  Upon completing your engineer experience, you will receive a certificate, suitable for framing so YOU can brag to all of your large vehicle driving friends and family.  When they boast about the size of their vehicle, brandish your "Engineer's Certificate" and show them the pictures.  They'll either be envious, or will get really quiet, really quick.  All persons intending to operate a locomotive under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed release of liability.

 

For Further Rental Information and Appointments...
call 530-832-4532 - Run-A-Locomotive Rental Information

 

*Please note that while advanced reservations are strongly encouraged, walk-ins will be taken on a time available, first come first served basis, weather, personnel, and locomotive availability permitting.  We reserve the right to change locomotives in the program with one of equal or greater rental value before or after guest arrival in the event a locomotive becomes unavailable due to mechanical ailment, or for any other reason.  Every effort will be made to accommodate specific locomotive requests.

 

Call 530-832-4532 and leave a message to reserve your Locomotive Rentals

Order your RAL gift certificate today online using PayPal!

Plan "A" $175
Plan "B" $200
Plan "C" $300 for TWO hours
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Run A Locomotive Fleet

Plan "A" $175 per hour

Plan "A" $175 per hour

Quincy Railroad #1100
EMD/General Motors Model "TR-6A"
Yard Switching Engine
Horsepower: 800
Weight: 230,000 Pounds
(115 Tons)
2 Seats for riders

US Army 1857
Fairbanks Morse
Model H-12-44
Yard Switching Engine
Horsepower: 1200
Weight: 246,000 Pounds
(123 Tons)
2 Seats for riders
Temporarily out of service for maintenance and repairs.

Plan "B" $200 per hour

Southern Pacific #2873
EMD/General Motors Model "GP-9E"
Road Freight Engine
Horsepower: 1750
Weight: 240,000 Pounds
(120 Tons)
5 Seats for riders

Plan "B" $200 per hour

Western Pacific #917-D
EMD/General Motors Model "F-7"
"Streamlined" Freight
Horsepower: 1750
Weight: 230,000 Pounds
(115 Tons)
2 Seats for riders

 

RAL Timetables for 2016

Non-Caboose Train Days*
RAL #Time Slot
10900-1000 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
21015-1115 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
31130-1230 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
41245-1345 (12:45 PM -  1:45 PM)
51400-1500 ( 2:00 PM -  3:00 PM)
61515-1615 ( 3:15 PM -  4:15 PM)
71630-1730 ( 4:30 PM -  5:30 PM)
   
Caboose Train Days**
RAL #Time Slot
10900-1000 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
21015-1115 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
31600-1700 ( 4:00 PM -  5:00 PM)
Starts at 1500 (3:00 PM) if Plan-C RAL

* Non-Caboose Train Days are: All days May 7th - May 27th
 Monday - Friday May 31st - Sept 2nd
 (except Memorial Day, July 4th, Thursday July 28th, August 25th, Friday August 26th)
 Friday - Monday Sept 9th - Sept 30th
 Saturday - Sunday Oct 1st - Oct 16th
 Dates not listed may be available weather, equipment and personnel
permitting; please call for more details.
 
** Caboose Train Days are: Weekends May 28th ~ Sept 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th,
Thursday July 28th, Thursday August 25th, Friday August 26th.
No RALs on RR Days weekend, August 27th & 28th.
No RALs on Pumpkin Express weekends, October 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th.
 

RAL Timetables for 2017
RALs are available most days the museum is open to the public.

Non-Caboose Train Days*
RAL #Time Slot
10900-1000 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
21015-1115 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
31130-1230 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
41315-1415 (1:15 PM -  2:15 PM)
51430-1530 ( 2:30 PM -  3:30 PM)
61545-1645 ( 3:45 PM -  4:45 PM)
71700-1800 ( 5:00 PM -  6:00 PM)
   
Caboose Train Days**
RAL #Time Slot
10900-1000 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
21015-1115 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
31600-1700 ( 4:00 PM -  5:00 PM)
Starts at 1500 (3:00 PM) if Plan-C RAL

* Non-Caboose Train Days are: All days April 1st - May 25th
 Monday - Friday May 30th - Sept 1st
 (except Memorial Day, July 3rd & 4th, Thursday & Friday of RR Days Week in August (TBD))
 Thursday - Sunday September 9th - October 16th
 
** Caboose Train Days are: Weekends May 27th ~ Sept 3rd, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 3rd & 4th,
Thursday & Friday RR Days in August TBD .
No RALs on RR Days weekend in August TBD.
No RALs on Pumpkin Express days:  October 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th.
 
  Dates not listed may be available weather, equipment and personnel permitting; please call for more details,
  special approval and Extra Fare may be required.
 

Details and Rules

  • We will take "walk-in" rentals IF time and schedules allow*, however, it is best to book your reservation in advance to ensure the time slot and equipment that you desire.

  • Please allow at least 24 hours to schedule a rental. We have to ensure that an instructor is available.

  • Summer months are the busiest rental times, we highly recommend making reservations at least two weeks in advance.

  • Sessions may be shared amongst friends & family (maximum of 6 participants), however, the maximum number of occupants in the locomotives at any one time depends on the number of seats on that particular locomotive.

  • All participants must be seated at all times while locomotive is moving.

  • ALL RAL Operating clients must have a completed release (pink form) before Operating. To be verified by the RAL Instructor.

  • Due to the age and historic nature of these locomotives, it may from time to time, be necessary to temporarily remove one or more of them from the rental fleet for inspection, maintenance, or repair.  In the event that this is necessary, that particular locomotive will be replaced with a similar locomotive.  If none are available, guests will be offered a rental of greater value.

  • Specific locomotive requests will be accommodated when possible, substitutions may be necessary.

  • Rentals are from mid-April through mid-November (weather permitting) by appointment.

  • A certificate suitable for framing is awarded after every rental.

  • All persons intending to operate a locomotive under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed release of liability.

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