volunteers of the Non-Profit "Feather River Rail
Society" come to us from all walks of life.
Police officers, medics, businessmen, technology
professionals, educators, musicians, truck drivers,
pilots, professional railroaders, retirees, the list
goes on and on. They all come together in
their free time to carry on the proud traditions of
the employees of the Western Pacific Railroad on 36
acres in Northern California on the site of the
former WP Portola Diesel facility, putting an
exclamation point on the credo "WP Lives!"
Regardless of experience, railroad knowledge or
physical abilities, these folks work tirelessly to
keep the museum open and the trains rolling.
Every task they perform, large or small, makes
a tremendous difference and is equally important to
keeping the Western Pacific alive. The only
difference between these folks and the Western
Pacific employees before them is that they do not
receive a paycheck. On the contrary, a lot of
the work they perform is at great expense and
sacrifice of time, money and materials.
However, this dedication and spirit is paid back ten
fold on the faces of happy visitors, young and old.
It makes all of the hours spent driving spikes,
running trains, restoring equipment and sweeping
floors worth it!
Lodging is available at the museum for volunteers in
our sleeping car, the "Edenwold". The
volunteer area also features a shower car, deck with
barbeque and other amenities to make your stay
comfortable after a day of railroading with the
museum. Contact the museum gift shop to
reserve room in the "Edenwold" during your stay.
Please consider joining our team of volunteers.
As you can see, we enjoy what we do, and we
appreciate all help, regardless of experience or
abilities. For more information on membership
and volunteer opportunities,