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The mission of the Truckee Donner Railroad Society is to preserve, interpret, and educate the public about railroading life and history in the Truckee region including its contribution to Truckee and the nation. We will accomplish this through the acquisition, preservation, and restoration of relevant equipment and artifacts and the display of exhibits in our Truckee museums. .

Upcoming events

October 2022 Boca and Loyalton Railroad Trestle Tour - RESCHEDULED
10/8/2022 Truckee River Railroad   11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
October 2022 Hobart Estates Trestle Tour


Caboose Museum

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial

Truckee-Donner Transcontinental Railroad Celebration - PaulAckerman

The Truckee Donner Railroad Society is joining with the Truckee Donner Historical Society and the Donner Summit Historical Society to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The history of Truckee is intertwined with that of the Central Pacific Railroad, the western half of the transcontinental railroad.

A series of events are planned in the Truckee area to celebrate the Golden Spike Sesquicentennial.  A partial list of these events is presented below. For more details, please see the complete list of events at the Donner Summit-Truckee Golden Spike Celebration Facebook page or visit https://www.goldspike.org/

5/4/2019Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus Truckee Historical RevueCommunity Arts Center - Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District
5/10/2019Ribbon Cutting-KickoffTruckee, California
5/10/2019Art Show Reception-Gold Spike SesquicentennialTruckee Donner Recreation and Park District - Community Recreation Center
5/11/2019History Talk - The Meaning of the RailroadTruckee Tahoe Airport
5/18/2019History Talk - Sierra Speaker Series featuring Norm SaylorDonner Memorial State Park
5/20/2019 Dedication George Wyman Plaque Truckee, California
6/1/2019"Historical Talk The Firsts, Speaker Bill Oudegeest"Truckee Tahoe Airport
6/8/2019 Historical Talk - The Story of Tunnel Six - Bill Oudegeest Clair Tappaan Lodge
6/10/2019Historical Talk Locomotive Technologies Jerry BlackwillPizza On The Hill
6/15/2019 Historical Interpretive Walk Boca Town Site Nelson Van Gundy Boca, California
6/15/2019Historical Talk Sierra Speaker Series Dave Burkhart Anchor SteamDonner Memorial State Park
6/22/2019Historical Talk The Chinese and their Importance to the RailroadTruckee Tahoe Airport
6/29/2019Historical Talk Snow Sheds Fires and Other Related SubjectsTruckee Tahoe Airport
7/4/2019July 4th ParadeTruckee, California
7/13/2019Information Booth at AirportTruckee Tahoe Airport
7/20/2019Historical Talk Lincoln HighwayDonner Memorial State Park
7/20/2019Old Timer's Picnic and Community ReunionTruckee River Regional Park
7/24/2019Historical Talk Henness Pass-Independence LakeTruckee Tahoe Airport
7/27/2019Historical Talk Logging RailroadsTruckee Tahoe Airport
7/28/2019Trestle Tour Drive/WalkTahoe National Forest
8/3/2019Historical Talk Truckee Tahoe Railway Jerry BlackwillTruckee Tahoe Airport
8/10/2019Historical WalkJibboom St, Truckee
8/10/2019Historical TalkArt Truckee
8/17/2019Historical Talk Vigilantism in AmericaDonner Memorial State Park
8/31/2019Picnic and Train RidesTruckee River Regional Park

Truckee River Railroad

Watch the Truckee River Railroad Video:

The 2022 Truckee River Railroad operating schedule is now available. See the Kids Train page for more information.

All Aboard!

Truckee Railroad Museum

The planning for the new Truckee History - Railroad Museum is underway. The railroad society and Truckee Donner HisRoundhouse museumtorical Society are jointly planning the new museum:

Our vision for the Truckee History – Railroad Museum is a timeline of Life, Individuals, Industry, and Railroading in and around Truckee thru the Professional display of artifacts and exhibits, creation of documentary films, scheduled lectures, educational services, and other related amenities; all in a venue that will be self-sustaining, have research facilities and capabilities, and provide space and provisions for community activities and events in and around the museum facility. For more information

Interior of Caboose Museum

The Logging  Railroad display is interactive in our Caboose museum. 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.

Live locally? Like Trains? - Fun Opportunity!

The Truckee RR Museum has had over 6,000 visitors annually, 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 E-mail our museum manager.

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Rails, Tales and Trails

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.

Copies are available at the California State Railroad Museum Store.

We need unrestricted donations to build our fundraising efforts.
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