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Western Pacific Railroad Museum

700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636
+1 530-832-4131
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Great for true RR buffs -- because you can drive a real locomotive!

The best thing about this railroad museum is that here you can actually drive several real diesel... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The Villages, Florida
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Great place for old train equipment

If you are a rail fan and enjoy looking at old railroad equipment you'll like this place. If you... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
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Historical railroad museum featuring a unique Run-a-Locomotive program, which allows anyone to rent and operate a train on the museum premises.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636
+1 530-832-4131
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best thing about this railroad museum is that here you can actually drive several real diesel electric locomotives for a relatively low cost. The museum is located in Portola, California, a small railroad town off the tourist track -- so only a modest number...More

Thank Florida-IaTraveler
Reviewed 16 February 2017

If you are a rail fan and enjoy looking at old railroad equipment you'll like this place. If you are looking for a museum experience with lots to read and study you'll likely be disappointed. This is a working museum, you can get as dirty...More

Thank 757richm
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great time learning to operate the Southern Pacific locomotive, it is something I've always wanted to do. The staff was friendly and helpful, they allowed my young kids and wife into the locomotive with me and were very accommodating. The museum has a...More

Thank sp4301
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The museum and grounds took quite a bit of time to see and almost no areas are restricted so we got up close and personal to all manner of rail cars and engines. Some passenger cars are open to view inside and their gift shop...More

Thank Thelmadee
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Great place for family time. All the trains you can play on! So much history to enjoy. Really was time well spent!

Thank ceskydup
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Most of the people running the museum are polite and genuinely interested in helping people have a good time. However one employee (dark hair, in his 20s) screamed at me and stoped the train when I was standing in a passenger car watching the world...More

Thank avacadovich
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Love this museum....you get to climb all over the trains and get a feeling for what it takes to be on the railroads...good place to bring the kids...and if you plan to come in the summer on weekends you can ride a train..plan in advance...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This place is assome, you can climb up on everything in the yard, if there's something you want to see and it's locked up don't be afraid to ask to see inside a engine that's locked up, everyone was a pleasure to speek with, driving...More

Thank April B
Reviewed 19 May 2016

We stopped in and got to talk to some workers who really are passionate about this museum and trains. We got to go inside of the California zephyr silver plate car and see how elite passenger used to travel. we got to go in the...More

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Visitors get up close and personal with the engines and rolling stock. Cars and engines from the mid 1870s to the 1980s. Running stock and a program fro people who want to be an engineer and actually run yard and line locomotives. Local volunteers are...More

Thank mmaskaly
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