Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola

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The Western Pacific Railroad Museum (WPRM) in Portola, California, known as the Portola Railroad Museum until January 1, 2006, is a heritage railroad and archives that preserves and operates historic American railroad equipment and preserves documents, photos and information. The museum's mission is to preserve the history of the Western Pacific Railroad and is operated by the Feather River Rail Society (reporting mark FRRX), founded in 1983. It is located at a former Western Pacific locomotive facility, adjacent to the Union Pacific's former Western Pacific mainline through the Feather River Canyon.
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  • The Western Pacific Railroad was incorporated in 1903 to compete with the Southern Pacific Railway. Its pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains went through Portola (instead of the famous Donner...  more »
  • I think if you are looking at this, WPRM, as something you want to see then do it. It is a great time and the history is totally amazing. We are very glad that we went and I think you will agree...  more »
  • Loren was an excellent tour guide, full of knowledge and interesting facts, and very pleasant. An amazing group of volunteers run this entire program off donations. Important piece of railroad history!
  • What a wonderful place to see trains engines and cabooses. Informal and free running. You can wander around and see some one of the kind equipment left from an earlier day. Spend time and enjoy!

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