Departure - Jim Lekas
FRRS Life Member



I received sad news today that my good friend and fellow railfan Jim Lekas passed today at age 87 in Winchester, Virginia, where he was living with his son.

Jim was in the hospital after a fall.

A longtime member of the FRRS, He contributed many materials for Ken Rattenne’s Feather River Route books and several other books on railroads.

He was an avid Western Pacific Railroad fan and his knowledge of the Feather River Canyon was next to the best of the WP engineers that ran over the line.

The museum just started working with him on a new book project. We hope that we can continue on the book project in his memory.

- Jim Atkins
Archive Staff

James Lekas Obituary at

James Lekas 1936 - 2023 Obituary at

Picture from a couple months ago. We were having a game night here at the house and Dad was enjoying himself. - Kevin Lekas, Jim's son
2021 when we took a trip on Amtrak to Portland from Virginia.- Kevin Lekas, Jim's son



Updated - 12/16/23