Monday, April 14, 2014

Volunteers needed in Portola, CA (June 9 to 14)

We need a few volunteers to participate in a work party at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA during the week of June 9-14.

This work party will finish preparing the 5057 for movement to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad shop in Usk, WA this summer.   The primary focus will be on the air brake system.  The brake beams and hangers for the #3 axle need to be reassembled so the air brake system can be tested and any problems can be resolved.  Also, more work needs to be done to secure the locomotive for the trip (welding temporary steel bars across the hood access doors).  We will be working hard to get the work done earlier than June 14, but we're allowing extra time in case things don't go as planned.

Volunteer accommodations are available in a sleeping car at the museum at least to June 12.

All participants will be Feather River Rail Society members.  If you are not a member, we will ensure you become a member.

Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own if you have them.

If you're interested in joining this volunteer crew or have questions, please contact Paul Krueger at

Join our crew for the June 2014 work party!

We're seeing double! Matching challenge donation

An anonymous donor has stepped forward with a matching challenge donation.  The donor will match the the next $1,000 dollars we raise with a $500 matching donation.  The donor's donation is eligible for an employer matching donation, effectively making this a $1,000 matching donation.  In other words, if you donate now the impact of your donation will be doubled!

All donations contributed toward this challenge will count toward our  Adopt-a-Mile campaign.  If we're successful in meeting this challenge, it will be the equivalent of 400 miles out of the 890 miles to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad.  Added to current Adopt-a-Mile donations, this would put us across the Columbia River into Washington!

This offer is good until June 1, so act soon.  You can donate using PayPal through our website or by mail.