The 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.
- From Highway 70, you will turn southeast and cross the Feather River on the Gulling Street bridge.
- Make the first right turn on Commercial Street, heart of downtown Portola.
-Follow the signs to Pacific Street, where you will make a gentle left turn, followed by a right turn on Western Pacific Way.
- As you pass the city's "Equipment Yard", you'll pass through the front gate, and into the museum grounds, where 159 pieces of historic railroad rolling stock awaits you and your family.
Don't 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.
Sit in the engineers seat behind the controls of the mighty UP 6946, the largest diesel locomotive EVER built.
Tour 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 Museum!
Visiting Feather River Country
The Feather River Canyon is beautiful country year round, with plenty to see and do all year. The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located atop the headwaters of the North Fork of the Feather River in the quaint mountain town of Portola. Lodging, restaurants, and plenty of shopping options are available in Portola, along with many options for family fun and entertainment in and around town. Use the Google map below to help plan your visit.
Museum closed for the winter, but will be open for Santa Trains in December!
~ Museum Tour Guides ~
To help you enjoy your visit and learn more about out collection, we have two resources available for your use:
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