The Feather River Rail Society Board of Directors has given its support to a joint effort of the FRRS' WP 165 Restoration Team and Wasatch Railroad Contractors to complete the final steps in returning historic Western Pacific steam locomotive 165 to full operation.
The goal is to accelerate the final stages of the restoration. The 165 is one of only five Western Pacific steam locomotives existing today and the only one currently slated for operation. This yard switching locomotive is being restored at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California, one of the facilities it worked regularly during its railroad career. This effort will only be possible with extensive support from donors and the community. We need to raise $80,000 to reach this point of first operation.
Returning the 165 to service will not only be a milestone in its preservation, but will also draw more visitors to Plumas County, helping to improve the economic health of the region, and become a rally point for the continued growth and improvement of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.