Media, local dignitaries, and a congressional representative had the chance to get up close and personal to learn about some of America's great transportation history, and were given the opportunity to not only ride the trains, but run a locomotive.
In an effort to revitalize attendance for the museum, and gain new awareness about the Run A Rail Program (RAL) Western Pacific Railroad Museum directors and volunteers took this select group on guided docent tours, and served them a specially prepared lunch in the "Silver Plate" the last remaining dining car from the California Zephyr.
The collection of trains is impressive, but beyond the tons of metal there is a human story. From the WWII Troop Sleeper that housed troops; or, the Charles O. Sweetwood military blood procurement car (one of the most famous railroad cars in the western United States noted for its significance of transporting blood that saved the lives of countless soldiers wounded in the Korean War), to the famous snow plow that rescued the city of San Francisco in 1953, every train has its own tale to tell.
As a tourist attraction, Western Pacific Railroad Museum brings families, history and train enthusiasts from around the world to discover its unique collection. The museum offers an experience that everyone will enjoy. Check out the photos from media day and some of the featured trains. For more information about the Western Pacific Railroad Museum call 530-832-4131 or visit www.wplives.org.
Media Contact: Patty Clawson
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