Sunday, May 5, 2024


The Western Pacific Railroad Museum opens its 2024 season on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The museum will be open 12 noon to 4 PM on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. To help kick off the new season, there will be special motorcar rides on Sunday, May 5, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

What is a motorcar?
Also called “speeder cars” or “Putt-Putts”, a motorcar is a small, self-propelled work vehicle once common on America’s railroads. These cars replaced human powered handcars to allow crews to inspect the line or reach a worksite without using a full sized train. Today, this work is performed by trucks and SUVs with retractable “hi-rail” wheels and the classic motorcar is only operated by some museums, shortlines and private owners. Come join us for this rare chance to ride these historic cars and experience a different side of railroading. Rides on Sunday, May 5 will be FREE with admission to the museum.

Museum Admission
Adults 19 – 64: $10.00
Youth 5 – 18: $5.00
Senior (65 & up) & Active Military: $8.00
Children 4 and under: free
Family Pass *: $25.00 * Family Pass - 2 Adults and any related children 18 and under.

The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located in beautiful Plumas County, near historic Old Town Portola. For more info and how to find us, visit www.WPLives.org. Caboose train rides will operate on Saturdays and Sundays this year starting Memorial Day Weekend.



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