When? : The museum is
open from the first Saturday in May through the last Sunday in October, 7 days
a week from 10am to 5pm,.
Due note 1: The museum
also maintains a gift memorabilia shop located within the diesel shop.
My thoughts: This is a nice
one hour stop along your road trip in northern California. Get into the small Museum
and explore the yard, see all the locomotives and carriage. This is not a must
stop but if you are passing by or near this area than I do recommend this as something
“different” to do.
Pacific Railroad Museum is located at the locomotive servicing facility in
Portola, California. The 37-acre site includes a 220-foot-long diesel shop that
was used from 1954 until 1974. It also includes two and a half miles of yard
The museum has
over 35 historic locomotives and 101 cars of various types.
Visitors to the
Western Pacific Railroad Museum can get into some cars and locomotives.
days the rugged Feather River Canyon track was completed in 1909, and despite
rockfall and other difficult conditions, the line was maintained and is still
used to this day. Western Pacific introducing the California Zephyr in 1949.
The Zephyr, which operated over three railroads on its route between Oakland
and Chicago, gained immense recognition but failed to last past the year 1970.
Pacific, the original operators of the California Zephyr passenger line were
acquired in 1982 by the Union Pacific Corporation and it was soon merged into
their Union Pacific Railroad.
Fun Facts: As
part of the expansion of Disney California Adventure Park they donate California
Zephyr train to the museum. It is still located on one of the cards in the back
of the yard.