The mission of the Truckee Donner Railroad Society is to perpetuate the study and advancement of knowledge of working railroads in the Truckee Donner area with the goal of building a railroad museum to preserve and share what we have learned.
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Riding “The Rattler” – Commuting by Train From Truckee to Tahoe
Truckee History Alive—Railroad Series: Part 2
Thursday, February 19th at 7:00 pm
Truckee Veterans' Memorial Building, 10214 High Street
A Presentation of the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company
Did you know at one time you could ride a train from Truckee to Lake Tahoe? At the Truckee Depot, you’d board a passenger car nick-named the “Rattler.” The train would take you up along the Truckee River to a railroad pier at Tahoe City. Upon arrival, you would step off the train, walk across the pier and board a steamer that sailed all the way around Lake Tahoe. Upon your return to Tahoe City, you could spend the rest of your week at the first class Tahoe Tavern resort hotel and casino.
Come hear the fascinating story of how Duane L Bliss, William Seth Bliss, Walter D Bliss, Duane L Bliss Jr, and Frank Titus built and ran this tourist system. They laid the foundation for Lake Tahoe’s present day tourist industry.
Presenter Jerry Blackwill has researched and given presentations on the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company for the last few years. He is Vice President of Strategic Planning for the Truckee Donner Railroad Society and Board President of the Sierra State Parks Foundation. In his spare time, he is a docent in the Truckee Railroad Museum and drives the kids’ train in Truckee Regional Park.
Presented by Friends of the Veterans’ Memorial Building, Truckee Donner Railroad Society,
Friends of the Truckee Library and Truckee Donner Historical Society
A 10.00 donation would be welcomed.
Dateline Truckee August 2014... Work is completed in building an 800 foot long riding train in the Regional Park. This 1/8 scale track is was targeted to be ready by the end of the summer and work was completed on time. Guest scale steam locomotives will also be invited to run on our railroad. The Kids Train page has more information.
We've begun a major upgrade of the Logging Railroad display, making it interactive. When completed, at the press of a button, the visitor can initiate a recorded interpretation of the display with lighting directing his attention to individual features as they are discussed.
This upgrade, enabled by the Brewster Foundation grant announced last fall, is providing valuable experience in modern museum technology that we can apply to upgrades of our other exhibits and to the planning of future museums.
Live locally? Like Trains? - Fun Opportunity!
The Truckee RR Museum has had over 12,000 visitors in the 21 months we've been open, and we need your help. We try to be open weekends and major holidays or about 16 three-hour shifts a month. At present the bulk of the shifts are being worked by just a few docents, each working several shifts a month.
Being a docent is fun, very simple, and does not require a deep knowledge of trains or history. It just involves being friendly, welcoming the visitor, and sharing what you do know. Quite often we learn interesting new things from the visitors. An experienced docent will work alongside beginners until they feel comfortable.
There are also several fun projects in need of someone with writing or graphics skills that are waiting for someone to come along and pick them up. If you have any questions, think you might be able to help, or would like to learn more, please contact Don Davis 530-582-4271 or by E-mail at email@example.com
While most history writers stick to doing their rambling through dusty tomes, Granite Bay’s Bill George has taken the roadbed less taken to author “Rails, Tales and Trails.” The result of his work is an epic travelogue that starts in Old Town Sacramento and then wends its way over the Sierra as the book follows the route of the Central Pacific (now Union Pacific) through not only Auburn, but lesser known and visited locations such as Dutch Flat, Big Bend and Giant Gap.You can find details at www.transcoshow.com
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