The Headlight

The WPRRHS produces and distributes the journal of Western Pacific history, The Headlight, on a three-times/year schedule for the benefit of FRRS/WPRRHS members.

The Headlight magazine

Founded in 1989, The Headlight serves to provide information to WP enthusiasts and modelers on the operations, equipment, history, facilities, events and people that made the WP such a unique and interesting railroad. The magazine was founded by John Ryczkowski and was named after Western Pacific's early employee magazine of the same name.

Through the pages of The Headlight, fans of all ages can experience the rich and colorful history of the WP - a railroad which in spite of losing her corporate identity over 25 years ago, still maintains a passionate, devoted and enthusiastic following even to this day.

The Headlight is provided as a member benefit for all FRRS and WPRRHS members (requires FRRS Active membership or higher) and is also available from many higher quality hobby shops. An index of all issues of The Headlight since issue 1 is here and some back issues of The Headlight can be ordered from the Western Pacific Railroad Museum gift shop.

Issue 17 of The Headlight
Click here to download a complete free sample issue
(Issue #17, 3.8MB PDF - Acrobat Reader required).


Help us make YOUR magazine better!

Content for The Headlight is collected and produced on a 100% volunteer effort and the staff always welcomes Western Pacific and related ideas and material, including manuscripts and photogrpahs, for publication. If you have a potential article or other material of interest please contact The Headlight Editor, Dave Pires, for information and submission guidelines. You do not have to be a writer or have experience preparing articles for publication. We will help you polish up the information if needed to produce a final piece in the magazine. Please contact Dave Pires at



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