Come join the Western Pacific Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Express on Oct. 14-15 and 21-22 for spooky, family fun. While the historic engine for the 2017 Pumpkin Patch Express remains a surprise, here is a look at last year’s engine, Locomotive 707. Photo courtesy of Mike Mucklin

Pumpkin Patch Express is here for Halloween

The Pumpkin Patch Express at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum is coming back for the second year Oct. 14 through 15 and Oct. 21 through 22.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. with trains departing hourly between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will also be special night trains on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 21, departing the museum between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes await attendees, with pumpkins priced at the patch. Portola Volunteer Fire Department will again be hosting the haunted rail car, which has been described as a “family friendly haunted house,” so that the whole family can enjoy some spooky fun.

Food will be available through Cross Eyed Katy’s BBQ of Reno,  with a tasty variety of treats on offer, from ribs to coleslaw and beans. Some may recognize this year’s food service from the July 4 Lacy J. Dalton concert, where attendees flocked to grab meal plates heavy with barbecue fixings.

Also involved in bringing the event together is Meagan Miller, Plumas County Alcohol and Drug Prevention coordinator, who will be bringing together WPRM and kids from Plumas County Friday Night Live and Club Live.

Friday Night Live is a county-orchestrated drug and alcohol prevention program for high-school-aged youth and in attending events like the Pumpkin Patch Express, kids come from all over Plumas County to help decorate and give out information on Friday Night Live and more.


“The kids enjoy it, it gets the community involved, and I don’t know what we would do without the kids’ help,” said event organizer Patty Clawson.

For the second year running, the community will come together to celebrate the season and perhaps give attendees a “Boo!” or two and organizers hope that one and all come out to attend and enjoy.

Admission will be $10 per vehicle, or $5 with three donated cans of food, which go to support the EPCAN food bank in Portola.