Western Rail Road Museum Operations News

Operators are very important at our Museum. They function as docents, giving rides on historic railway equipment to visitors and representing our Museum to the public. We’d love to have you become an Operator at our Museum. If you’ve always wanted to operate a train or a streetcar, here is your opportunity. No experience is necessary. We have a free training program. If you’d like to help our museum in a very positive way, email info@wrm.org to set up training at a mutually convenient time.

July 2010

In April our most important operation was the Scenic Limited train that ran three times on every Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday. With the wet weather in March and cool, damp days in April we had lots of wildflowers that lasted all through the month.

On April 21 five cattle were on Museum property. The 11:00 AM Scenic Limited train crew discovered a cow stuck in the first trestle. Two legs had gone down between the ties. The train crew could not remove the cow. We called our farmer neighbors. The train returned to the Museum, and passengers received rain checks (cattle checks?) upon request.

Two farmhands advised the 12:30 PM train crew that they had not been able to move the cow, so they had called for more help. Soon, eight farmhands were on the scene including the cow’s owner riding a horse to herd his cattle home. With several ropes, much effort, and lots of colorful language, all the farmhands were finally able to free the cow. Our visitors got quite a show.

We continued to run the train for the first two weekends of May since plenty of flowers were still blooming. A big thank you goes to our hard selling ticket agents.

On May 15, we ran a private train charter for a wedding. The train ran down to the double private road crossing by the gas dehydrator plant. The rear platform of #751 was spotted just east of the crossing. About 100 guests got off the train and stood on the road crossing while the ceremony was performed on the observation platform. We hid the bride from the groom in the cab of Central California Traction locomotive #7 before the ceremony to comply with wedding tradition. After lots of photos, we gave all the guests train rides until time for a reception in Laflin Park, followed by dinner in the Visitor Center. None of the wedding party had any previous connection with our Museum. The bride and groom thought that our train charter would be a neat way to have a different kind of wedding. The train charter and Visitor Center dinner rental provided a memorable venue for the wedding, and important revenue to support our mission.

On June 18, a group of seniors from the North Natomas Community Center chartered our train, and enjoyed two round trips on the Sacramento Northern line while enjoying finger sandwiches and sandwich wraps.

A big thank you goes to all the operators who worked during the past three months: Enid Albedi, Andy Alkema, Roger Bergmans, Greg Byers, Fred Codoni, Ray Crist, Jon DeLalla, Steve Graves, John Krauskopf, Fred Krock, Jim Mason, Ray Muther, Robert Parr, Eric Peak, Karl Peery, Isaac Schwarz, Randall Shores, Reuben Smith, Bill Strahle, Paul Trimble, Jim Ward, Richard Wheeler, and Jon Wiltshire.