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Western Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636
Phone Number: 530-832-4131
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Historical railroad museum featuring a unique Run-a-Locomotive program,...

Historical railroad museum featuring a unique Run-a-Locomotive program, which allows anyone to rent and operate a train on the museum premises.

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Love this museum....you get to climb all over the trains and get a feeling for what it takes to be on the railroads...good place to bring the kids...and if you plan to come in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen C
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Reno, Nevada
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San Francis co
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most of the people running the museum are polite and genuinely interested in helping people have a good time. However one employee (dark hair, in his 20s) screamed at me and stoped the train when I was standing in a passenger car watching the world go by. His problem seemed to be that I wasn't seated. Since when can't you... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this museum....you get to climb all over the trains and get a feeling for what it takes to be on the railroads...good place to bring the kids...and if you plan to come in the summer on weekends you can ride a train..plan in advance and you can make a reservation to drive a train...very fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

This place is assome, you can climb up on everything in the yard, if there's something you want to see and it's locked up don't be afraid to ask to see inside a engine that's locked up, everyone was a pleasure to speek with, driving a locomotive was a dream come true, but please make shere you book ahead as... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We stopped in and got to talk to some workers who really are passionate about this museum and trains. We got to go inside of the California zephyr silver plate car and see how elite passenger used to travel. we got to go in the snow blower car and see its huge two stroke engine. we got to learn how... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Visitors get up close and personal with the engines and rolling stock. Cars and engines from the mid 1870s to the 1980s. Running stock and a program fro people who want to be an engineer and actually run yard and line locomotives. Local volunteers are a wealth of information.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

These guys are amazing. We called ahead and asked to get an appointment to run one of their locomotives. But we found that they don't actually open till May. I was March. But the lady I spoke to said they would be around and we could come up anyway, closed or not! So we went to Portola and met the... More 

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Portola, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Something for everyone of every age. The older remember the trains from days gone by. The young can't believe these massive engines really did run all over the world. Some days you can even climb on board and pull the horn.

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Antioch,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Great history in this town for the Railroad. Quite a few old trains. Especially the troop train, with the bunks in it. You have to check out the history there.

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

As a rail enthusiast I've always wanted to operate a diesel locomotive, particularly one from my childhood era of the 60s. I booked a pair of locomotives, an EMD SW1100 switching engine and a F7 Streamliner. Much to my pleasant surprise my wife was able to come along and got to participate as well; she's still smiling about the whole... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This place offers the opportunity to operate a real locomotive. It is $200 but evidently allows family or friends on board for free. The deal lasts nearly an hour. Admission is $20 per family. This is like a charity to me and we are glad to assist, No where near as large as the wonderful assembly at Sacramento but very... More 

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