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IOA Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Trainload of fun headed for Railroad Days Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor This year's Railroad Days is shaping up to be a highly memorable event in the cele- bration's 28-year history, and the spin-off in associated ac- tivity is delighting the mem- bers of the Railroad Days Committee. Most exciting, the PBS film crew for the television series "Tracks Ahead" will film Railroad Days and spotlight the Western Pacific Museum of Portola this August. PBS will also film a 14-car special train called the Feath- er River Express that will travel through the Feather River Canyon and bring 400 rail fans to visit for much of the weekend. Chris Skow, Rail Tours manager at Trains and Trav- el, is to be credited with both the train and the PBS filming. "This is a lifelong dream-- to be able to run some passen- ger trains up the Feather Riv- er Canyon to Portola," said Skow, who is a retired con- ductor and a 42-year resident of Portola. Skow was also one of the founding fathers of the Feath- er River Rail Society 28 years ago, so he has a committed at- titude toward the railroad museum, so much so that the website for the train tour de- clares, "Half of the proceeds are being donated to the Feather River Rail Society, operators of the Western Pa- cific Railroad Museum in Portola, to fund activities for Railroad Days and other mu- seum projects." Although there have been a few special passenger trains running through the Canyon these past years, most were associated with an historical commemoration or the spe- cial appearance of a historic locomotive. The Union Pacif- ic line through the Canyon has been a freight-dominated line and permissions for pas- senger trains are rarely granted. Union Pacific, which took over Western Pacific in 1982, is now more open to passen- ger trains, Skow reported, and he was able to fulfill his dream with his first char- tered train through the Feath- er River Canyon last October. Coming as it did only two months after a similar excur- sion train by Union Pacific to mark the 100th year anniver- sary of the completion of the Western Pacific line, it did not fill up. This second train has no such handicap and is already half booked, even though Trains and Travel In- ternational is only accepting advance bookings until con- tracts are signed in March. Local rail fans who wish to sign up for the "Domes to Railroad Days" train should hurry, because the charter is filling quickly and Premium Fare bookings, with gourmet meals and linen tablecloths, are already filled. There are a variety of prices to match a variety of train cars from dome cars to sleepers to coaches. Round-trip price from Emeryville to Portola and back again in coach is $398 and one way in either di- rection is $238. For a full range of prices and availabili- ty, visit The speed with which the 14-car train is filling up is very encouraging to Skow, who hopes to see chartered trains travel the Feather Riv- er route twice a year, once in the fall for the color and again in the spring during wildflower season. Since the old Western Pa- cific line travels through some spectacular scenery, passes through 32 tunnels and crosses some amazing bridges as it follows the Feather River through a rugged canyon, it is likely to become a favorite tour among rail fans. The special Railroad Days charter will leave Emeryville at 8 a.m. Aug. 20, pick up pas- sengers in Martinez, Davis and Sacramento, and arrive in Portola at 30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The train will stay at the railroad museum until 8 a.m. Sunday morning when it will return to Emeryville. Sleeper car passengers will stay on museum grounds, with convenient access to Railroad Day activities, while other passengers will be transported to local hotels or to Reno, if that is their prefer- ence. Skow reported they have reserved 137 rooms, all of the available lodging in a 10-mile radius of Portola. Last August was a near miss for Railroad Days' tele- vision debut when it was an- nounced that "California Gold" film crews would be present. At the last moment, the television crew cancelled, but filming of Railroad Days by "Tracks Ahead" is a sure O O RAILROAD DAYS Railroad Days Committee Chairman and local artist Donna Mills designed this year's logo for Railroad Days. The logo will be used on posters and flyers to advertise the yearly celebration. The committee is currently canvassing local students to produce additional artwork for the but- ton and souvenirs sold to the public to help support the three-day event. Photo submitted thing, said Skow--the film crew's time and airline tick- ets have already been booked. Skow is a friend of the exec- utive producer, David Baule, who has already taken his TV crew on more than a dozen of Skow's railroad tours over the past 20 years. Skow has f Frame & Fmish ,.. Accidents are stressful enough. j %,/ ...... ChOosing qualcollisrr repair doesn't have tobe been asking Baule to cover Railroad Days and the West- ern Pacific Railroad Museum (with its unique "Run a Loco- motive" program) for the past few years. The addition of the train charter dedicated to the Portola celebration was the deciding factor in Baule's de- cision to go ahead with the filming Skow said. The television crew will ar- rive in Portola the week be- fore, scouting locations, and filming at the museum. 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