We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Western Pacific Railroad Museum

700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636
+1 530-832-4131
Review Highlights
A very real disappointment

This is a volunteer-staffed organization and it shows. They have a LOT of equipment -- rolling... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Roseville, California
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 15 June 2017
The Villages, Florida
via mobile
Read all 43 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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 good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636
+1 530-832-4131
Write a Review
Reviews (43)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 42 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a volunteer-staffed organization and it shows. They have a LOT of equipment -- rolling stock and locomotives. But they clearly haven't the manpower to keep any but the few indoor items looking nice. The "museum" is quite haphazardly arranged. And I found the...More

Thank LarryM708
Reviewed 15 June 2017 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 13 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 14 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 11 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
Nearby Restaurants
Sharon's Cafe
24 reviews
.76 km away
Nichole's Coffee Depot
11 reviews
.61 km away
The Family Corner
10 reviews
.21 km away
Rico's Mexican Food
13 reviews
.84 km away
Nearby Attractions
Dragon Golf Course at Nakoma Resort
41 reviews
6.04 km away
Grizzly Ranch Golf Club
33 reviews
6.55 km away
Nakoma Spa
7 reviews
5.82 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Western Pacific Railroad Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines