Saturday October 25th from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at the Restoration Site in Petaluma.
Off East Washington Street between Baylis and Copeland.
- Climb aboard a working locomotive
- Ride a speeder (slowly) down an isolated side track (not on the rail line that will be used by SMART)
- Climb into the cupola of a caboose and sit on the conductor's bench
- Take a guided tour of the rail cars being restored
- Sit down for a chat with a railroad engineer: find out what running a locomotive is all about.
- Enjoy a working model railroad exhibit operated by the Redwood Empire Garden Railway Society
- Operate a restored wig-wag crossing signal (and receive some railroad safety information)
- Use an authentic spiking maul to drive in a golden spike
- Visit with SMART staff to hear an update of progress on the commuter rail
- Learn about the Petaluma Trolley Living History Railway Museum efforts to restore trolley service in Petaluma
- View a movie of the original golden spike ceremony for Northwestern Pacific Railroad
- ave you and your child's photo taken while waving from the locomotive, caboose or speeder. Free prints made on-site.
- Entrance to the event and off-street parking are free
- Free refreshments for attendees
We are sorry that the Whistlestop San Rafael program had to be cancelled. The center changed the door locks and did not give us a new key or tell us that a new key was needed. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this action. Mike Pechner has agreed to do this program in Janurary at our new location. We will be at the Elks Lodge at 1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA.
The Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society (NWPRRHS) was founded thirty years ago. It is dedicated to preserving the rich and colorful heritage of Redwood Empire railroading. We accomplish this through acquisition, preservation and display efforts as well as through gathering oral histories of people who have contributed to our regional history.
For detailed information about the Society and how to join, please click on About Us.
For a brief history of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, and a System Map, please click on NWP History.
Our long-established William R. Hogarty Library has a priceless collection of photos, maps, drawings and other related memorabilia, associated with the NWP RR. These materials are now in our new Archive space. For more information about the collections in our archival library and how to get there, please click on Library.
The NWPRRHS conducts quarterly railroad history programs in Marin and Sonoma counties. Please click on the Events page for dates and location information.
The NWPRRHS is continuing to restore vintage railroad rolling stock. We started with NWP Caboose #13, now on display and in service at Roots of Motive Power in Willits. Our P&SR Caboose #1 project is almost finished; final work will be done this year. We have taken on three new project cars, they are CP Coach #29 (NWP #123) and SF&NP Baggage #5 (NWP #605) and just acquired, Petaluma and Santa Rosa Boxcar # 2, that road's first boxcar. We work every other Saturday on the restoration of these wonderful cars, at the corner of Washington and Baylis in Petaluma. You are invited to join us..
For information about Caboose #13 - its acquisition, move and making a contribution to the final restoration and ongoing maintenance, please click on Caboose #13.
For information about P&SR #1 - its acquisition, move and making a contribution to the final restoration, please click on P&SR #1.
For information about NWP Coach #123 - its acquisition, move and making a contribution to the ongoing restoration, please click on Car 29/123.
For information about NWP Baggage #605 - its acquisition, move and making a contribution to the restoration, please click on Baggage 605.
For information about our latest acquisition please click this link to P&SR #2
The Society has some logo items and other goodies for sale. These include books about the NWP, DVDs of the NWP, and video of talks given at Whistlestop North in Santa Rosa. Click in the button below for details.
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Last updated on October 16, 2013