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Run A Locomotive Rates
  • Plan A - $225 for 1 hour
    Switch Engine: SP 1100 (EMD TR6A).

  • Plan B - $250 for 1 hour
    Road Engine: WP 917D (EMD F7) or SP 2873 (EMD GP9)

  • Plan C - $350 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.

 

Your Seat 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 plans, all include private instruction from a qualified engineer.

RAL Photo 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.

 


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

If no answer, please call the museum Museum Store at 530-832-4131

 

*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

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Plan "A" $225

Plan "B" $250

Plan "C" $350
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Run A Locomotive Fleet

Plan "A" $225 per hour

Plan "A" $225 per hour

QRR 1100

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

USA 1857

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" $250 per hour

SP 2873

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" $250 per hour

WP 917D

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 2017


RALs are available most days the museum is open to the public.

Non-Caboose Train Days*
RAL # Time Slot
1 0900-1000 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
2 1015-1115 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
3 1130-1230 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
4 1315-1415 (1:15 PM -  2:15 PM)
5 1430-1530 ( 2:30 PM -  3:30 PM)
6 1545-1645 ( 3:45 PM -  4:45 PM)
7 1700-1800 ( 5:00 PM -  6:00 PM)
   
Caboose Train Days**
RAL # Time Slot
1 0900-1000 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
2 1015-1115 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
3 1600-1700 ( 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 3 rd & 4th, Friday of RR Days Week August 25th)
  Thursday - Sunday September 9th - October 16th
  (except Pumpkin Express Days:  Saturdays and Sundays October 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd)
** Caboose Train Days are: Weekends May 27 th ~ Sept 3rd, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 3rd & 4th,
Friday of RR Days, August 25th.
 
No RALs on Saturday June 3rd due to "Lost & Found" Bike Event.
No RALs Friday August 25th or the weekend of RR Days, August 26th - 27th.
No RALs on Pumpkin Express days:  October 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd.
 
  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

For your safety...click HERE for important information.
  • 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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