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  • Plan A - $175 for 1 hour
    Switch Engine: SP 1100 (EMD TR6A).

  • Plan B - $200 for 1 hour
    Road Engine: WP 917D (EMD F7) or SP 2873 (EMD GP9)

  • Plan C - $300 for two hours
    Switch Engine for the first hour and Road Engine for the second hour.

*Please note that while advanced reservations are strongly encouraged, walk-ins will be taken on a time available, first come first served basis, weather, personnel, and locomotive availability permitting.

 

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.

Do you have a friend or family member that loves to remind you how large their vehicle is?  At the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, you and your family can take the throttle YOURSELF in one of our vintage diesel locomotives! (with a qualified engineer/instructor of course!)  Upon completing your engineer experience, you will receive a certificate, suitable for framing so YOU can brag to all of your large vehicle driving friends and family.  When they boast about the size of their vehicle, brandish your "Engineer's Certificate" and show them the pictures.  They'll either be envious, or will get real quiet, real quick.  All persons intending to operate a locomotive under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed release of liability.

 

For Further Rental Information and Appointments...
call 530-832-4532 - Run-A-Locomotive Rental Information

 

You can also reserve your Engineer's Experience by selecting the appropriate payment button below. Remember that once paid for via our secure shopping cart, you will receive your RAL certificate. You must still call the Museum at the number above to schedule your operation time.

 

*Please note that while advanced reservations are strongly encouraged, walk-ins will be taken on a time available, first come first served basis, weather, personnel, and locomotive availability permitting.  We reserve the right to change locomotives in the program with one of equal or greater rental value before or after guest arrival in the event a locomotive becomes unavailable due to mechanical ailment, or for any other reason.  Every effort will be made to accommodate specific locomotive requests.

 

Call 530-832-4532 to purchase Western Pacific #707 or Western Pacific #2001 Rentals

2013 Run A Locomotive Fleet

Plan "A" $175 per hour

Plan "A" $175 per hour

Quincy Railroad #1100

EMD/General Motors Model "TR-6A"

Yard Switching Engine

Horsepower: 800

Weight: 230,000 Pounds (115 Tons)

2 Seats for riders

US Army 1857

Fairbanks Morse

Model H-12-44

Yard Switching Engine

Horsepower: 1000

Weight: 230,000 Pounds (115 Tons)

2 Seats for riders

Plan "B" $200 per hour

Southern Pacific #2873

EMD/General Motors Model "GP-9E"

Road Freight Engine

Horsepower: 1750

Weight: 240,000 Pounds (120 Tons)

5 Seats for riders

 

Plan "B" $200 per hour

Western Pacific #917-D

EMD/General Motors Model "F-7"

"Streamlined" Freight

Horsepower: 1500

Weight: 230,000 Pounds (115 Tons)

2 Seats for riders

WP "707 Special" $500.00 per hour

Western Pacific #707

EMD/General Motors Model "GP-7"

Road Freight Engine

Horsepower: 1500

Weight: 251,700 Pounds (126 Tons)

3 Seats for riders

WP "2001 Special" $500.00 per hour

Western Pacific #2001

EMD/General Motors Model "GP-20"

Road Freight Engine

Horsepower: 2000

Weight: 256,890 Pounds (128 Tons)

2 Seats for riders

Details and Rules:

  • We will take "walk-in" rentals IF time and schedules allow*, however, it is best to book your reservation in advance to ensure the time slot and equipment that you desire.

  • Please allow at least 24 hours to schedule a rental. We have to ensure that an instructor is available.

  • Summer months are the busiest rental times, we highly recommend making reservations at least two weeks in advance.

  • Sessions may be shared amongst friends & family (maximum of 6 participants), however, the maximum number of occupants in the locomotives at any one time depends on the number of seats on that particular locomotive.

  • All participants must be seated at all times while locomotive is moving.

  • ALL RAL Operating clients must have a completed release (pink form) before Operating. To be verified by the RAL Instructor.

  • Due to the age and historic nature of these locomotives, it may from time to time, be necessary to temporarily remove one or more of them from the rental fleet for inspection, maintenance, or repair.  In the event that this is necessary, that particular locomotive will be replaced with a similar locomotive.  If none are available, guests will be offered a rental of greater value.

  • Specific locomotive requests will be accommodated when possible, substitutions may be necessary.

  • Rentals are from mid-April through mid-November (weather permitting) by appointment.

  • A certificate suitable for framing is awarded after every rental.

  • All persons intending to operate a locomotive under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed release of liability.

*Walk-ins not accepted for WP 707 & 2001.  WP 707 & WP 2001 rentals are not valid with gift certificates, however, your gift certificates value may be applied towards the rental price for WP 707 & WP 2001.  These locomotives must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance.

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