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Portola Railroad Museum

The Portola Railroad Museum in the Sierra foothills town of Portola, California, north of Reno, Nevada, is operated by the Feather River Rail Society. It is located on the former Western Pacific line, now owned by the Union Pacific, famous in part for once hosting the California Zephyr, which now runs over the former Southern Pacific line to the south. We visited in August 2000 and took the following photographs. We spent a couple of very pleasant hours touring the the grounds and the small museum building, chatting with very friendly staff and enjoying the UP freights with rumbled through with considerable frequency. There's nothing fancy here. It's a 'close to the action' place that reflects a proud railroad tradition. Note that the day we were there several major pieces of equipment had been moved over to Truckee for its annual railroad celebration. We'll be sure to go back.