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. In the 1960's, the Western Pacific
Marketing Department in San Francisco embarked on an advertising campaign, nicknaming their employees spirit the "Willing
People". Today, the volunteers of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum personify this spirit and dedication at our
World Class museum. It is this tenacity that carries on the proud tradition of the WP railroaders before them.
The volunteers of the Non-Profit "Feather River Rail Society" come to us from all walks of life. Police officers, medics, businessmen, technology
professionals, educators, musicians, truck drivers, pilots, professional railroaders, retirees, the list goes on and on. They all come together in
their free time to carry on the proud traditions of the employees of the Western Pacific Railroad on 36 acres in Northern California on the site of the
former WP Portola Diesel facility, putting an exclamation point on the credo "WP Lives!"
Regardless of experience, railroad knowledge or physical abilities, these folks work tirelessly to keep the museum open and the trains rolling.
Every task they perform, large or small, makes a tremendous difference and is equally important to keeping the Western Pacific alive. The only
difference between these folks and the Western Pacific employees before them is that they do not receive a paycheck. On the contrary, a lot of
the work they perform is at great expense and sacrifice of time, money and materials. However, this dedication and spirit is paid back ten
fold on the faces of happy visitors, young and old. It makes all of the hours spent driving spikes, running trains, restoring equipment and sweeping
floors worth it!
Lodging is available at the museum for volunteers in our sleeping car, the "Edenwold." The volunteer area also features a shower car, deck with
barbeque and other amenities to make your stay comfortable after a day of railroading with the museum.
visit our Sleeper Reservation page
or email us at
to reserve a room in the "Edenwold" during your stay.
Please consider joining our team of volunteers. As you can see, we enjoy what we do, and we appreciate all help, regardless of experience or
abilities. For more information on membership and volunteer opportunities,
visit our Membership page