Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located less than an
hour's drive from Downtown Reno and Lake Tahoe in Portola,
California. Located on California Highway 70 at the top of
the scenic "Feather River Canyon", regardless of where
you're coming from, the drive to Portola is always a scenic
one, worth every bit of the trip itself.
Once you arrive in Portola, follow the signs around town to
the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
Highway 70, you will turn southeast and cross the Feather
River on the Gulling Street bridge.
the first right turn on Commercial Street, heart of downtown
Follow the signs to Pacific Street, where you will make a
gentle left turn, followed by a right turn on Western
you pass the city's "Equipment Yard", you'll pass through
the front gate, and into the museum grounds, where over 100
pieces of historic railroad rolling stock awaits you and
worry about the kids; there is a very good reason that if
you look around you, seldom will you see a "no climbing" or
"Please do not touch" sign. In fact, we encourage our
visitors to climb aboard and experience our collection in a
truly "Hands-on" way.
the engineers seat behind the controls of the mighty UP
6946, the largest diesel locomotive EVER built.
vintage passenger cars and see what rail travel was like
before the days of Amtrak. Sit in the Conductors seat in one
of our many restored cabooses. Marvel at the variety of
freight cars and locomotives. And take plenty of pictures to
remember your families experience at the West's premier Rail