Portola Railroad Days
At the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, our World Famous "Run-A-Locomotive" program allows you, our visiting public, to rent a vintage diesel locomotive and operate it on the museum grounds, under the close supervision of your own private instructor. Relive a childhood fantasy! No experience required, just an adventurous mind. Income from locomotive rentals helps fund the restoration of our historic equipment. The "R-A-L program" has three basic & two special plans, all include private instruction from a qualified engineer.What visit to a railroad museum would be complete without a train ride? Come ride with the crews of today's "Western Pacific Railroad" on a leisurely journey around the museum grounds in a vintage caboose, just like the Brakemen and Conductors of years past when every freight train was completed with a good old fashioned CABOOSE!
Our trains run every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day and operate between locomotive rentals, from 12pm to 4:02pm. Train rides are approximately 1 mile in length and take about 10 minutes. Trains board from the passenger platform on track 3, next to the diesel shop. Purchase train ride tickets and admission wrist bands in the gift shop, inside the diesel shop.