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Volunteers Needed!

The volunteers of the Feather River Rail Society, operators of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, 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!

We invite you to consider joining our team and volunteering with us.  Here is information about joining our Operating Department.  If you would like to volunteer in other departments, please email us at: and let us know what you would like to do so we can put you in touch with the right person to get started.

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Operated by the Feather River Rail Society, a California 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization

700 Western Pacific Way, P.O. Box 608, Portola CA 96122-8636 | 1-530-832-4131 | email us at:

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