The Feather River Express laid over in Portola, CA for two nights, giving The Frog a full day to explore Portola Railroad Days and the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola.
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is one of the more notable railroad museums in that they not only have a great collection of locomotives, but also passenger and freight cars from the Western Pacific and connecting lines. And – you can also rent a locomotive and be an engineer for an hour or two. Who out there can honestly say they never wanted to run a locomotive? Who, I ask!
The Western Pacific Railroad ran between Salt Lake City / Ogden Utah and Oakland, CA. It was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1983.
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum Gallery is a reminder that there was a time before graffiti, and that railroads did paint things other than black and red. Railroads even had slogans in those days! And, who knew that the Strategic Air Command had command centers on the rails?
Great museum. Great area. What else can be said?
For a look at the sights and sounds of modern railroad power in 1952, as well as a look at passenger cars from that era, check out a few short video clips on Laughing Frog’s YouTube channel.
This is a view-only gallery (at least at this time).
If you like what you see, consider making a visit to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum to experience it for yourself, or at least make a donation so that others can continue to enjoy the museum and the artifacts for decades to come.