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Join railroad enthusiasts May 4 through 7 at Harrah’s Reno for the 2017 Western Pacific Railroad Historic Convention. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Western Pacific Railroad history is subject of Reno convention

The Western Pacific Railroad is heading to the “Biggest Little City,” Reno, for the upcoming 2017 Western Pacific Railroad Historic Convention at Harrah’s Reno on May 4 through 7.

The event celebrates the history of the WP and its people, with many special events, models, historic presentations, modeling contests, vendors, exhibits and more from the Western Pacific archives.

A few notable presentations will be given by members of the Portola community, including a talk about the Indian Valley Railroad by Feather River Rail Society member Eugene Vicknair on Thursday, May 4, and a presentation by Portola City Manager Robert Meacher and FRRS President Steve Habeck on Friday, May 5.

For railroad aficionados, the convention promises to be informative and fun, with banquets and excursions to Virginia City and the Nevada State Railroad Museum on the boards in addition to the presentations mentioned above. All proceeds from this event benefit the FRRS archives department and the Arthur Walter Keddie Library.

Information is constantly being updated as the event draws near, with tickets available online. For all of that and more, visit wplives.org or call the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at 832-4532.

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