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2024 Western Railway Museum Excursion and Barbeque

April 19, 2024 - April 20, 2024


Motorcar Operators West is having their Annual Spring Run and Barbeque, and we welcome all NARCOA operators and guests. There will be a night run on Friday which includes an amazing homemade cookie assortment by Kristi Hall and a variety of hot beverages. The barbeque on Saturday will feature the mouth-watering renowned smoked short ribs expertly prepared by Mike Mitchell. Side dishes, drinks, and all other necessary items to go with them will be included. Dessert is provided by the rest of us, the participants, and this is a great finish to a fantastic meal. We ask only that you bring your favorite dessert, just a regular size something sweet to share. This is a nice way and a unique opportunity to spend some extra time with everyone on the excursion.

We begin on Friday, April 19, 2024, with a 4:30 PM set-on, followed by a Safety Briefing at 6 PM and a 6:15 PM departure. We will travel west to Molena, where we will enjoy the fresh-baked cookies with a hot beverage, before we return and secure the cars for the night. Maybe we will see the elk herd that is known to roam that area of the delta.

Saturday starts with a 7 AM set-on. The Safety Briefing will be at 8:15 AM followed by an 8:30 AM departure. We will run an additional mile of track at Molena, that has recently been repaired, to the burned-out trestle and return. The first train at the Museum leaves at 11AM, so we must be back before that time. We will try to return by 10:30 AM. This will also give everyone an opportunity to ride one of the museum’s vintage trolleys before lunch. We will have lunch from 12 noon to around 1 PM.

After our amazing lunch, at 1:15 pm, we will meet at the cars for a quick Safety Briefing before we depart east toward Cannon. There should be plenty of wild flowers along the way. We will break in our new turning pad before we return and set off.

Plan on approx. 50 total RT miles. The run fee is $80 per car which includes lunch for two. Additional guests are welcome and encouraged for an extra cost of $10/adults and $5/children 12 years old and under. Children must be at least five years old to ride in a motorcar. 

The ECs are Rick Smith 707-631-5778 and 
Dave Balestreri 916-531-7536. 
Contact either of us with questions.

Please contact Rick or Dave by April 12, 2024, to let them know how many people you are bringing so we have enough food, and don’t forget to bring your dessert.

The Western Railway Museum is located between Fairfield and Rio Vista at 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585. Highway 12 is easily accessible from all the major freeways. As you turn onto the Museum property, make an immediate right turn through the gate, and follow the road to the set-on location. Please check in with the EC or Assistants before you set on. There are hotels about 11 miles away in Suisun City and Fairfield. There are two dry camping sites available on a first come basis. Please contact Rick for availability.

Please make your check payable to MOW and send it to Rick Smith 5124 Hallmark Ct, Fairfield, CA 94534. Also, please include the following documents that have been carefully completed. From the MOW website ‘Forms’ tab, download the ‘Excursion Participant Registration’ and ‘General Release’ (one sheet double-sided) forms (also linked directly below this post). From the NARCOA website ‘NARCOA Documents & Forms’ tab, download the ‘NARCOA Rail Vehicle Inspection Form v4.0’ (this is a new form as of Feb. 1, 2024), and carefully complete them as indicated below, and include them with your check.

Excursion Name – WRM Excursion and Barbeque

Location – Suisun City, CA

Railroad – Bay Area Electric Railroad Association

Date – April 19-20, 2024

Affiliate – Motorcar Operators West

NARCOA compliant radio is required in all cars, no exceptions. This is a NARCOA event. Long pants, boots, and hi-vise vests (or=) are required for all participants. All NARCOA rules and MOW operating rules apply, and we will run rain or shine. No mentoring without prior approval of EC. No smoking on Railroad property. Don’t forget to RSVP by April 12, 2024, and bring a dessert.

We look forward to seeing you there! Thank you for your continued support.

2024 Northwest Rail Tour

May 10, 2024 - May 31, 2024


Northwest Rail Tour 2024

May 10 – 31, 2024

With the help and cooperation of both MOW and PRO ECs, we were able to put together a group of excursions for May 2024 that covers ten (10) railroads over five (5) states. Below is the list of dates for set on and running for each excursion, as well as the affiliate the excursion will be offered through and posted under. Each excursion is a separate event, but they are scheduled in a way that allows participants to do as many, or as few, as they are able.

For this reason, we have named it Northwest Rail Tour 2024.

Please visit the MOW and PRO websites for all the details of each excursion offered by that affiliate.

All NARCOA licensed and insured operators and passengers are welcome on all MOW Excursions.

2024 Northwest Rail Tour
By PRO and MOW
Excursion set-on and run dates

Friday, May 10 – Tour begins
Friday, May 10 – Set on in Lakeview, OR (MOW)
Saturday, May 11 – Run Goose Lake Railroad in Lakeview, OR (MOW)
Sunday, May 12 – Set on in Prineville, OR (PRO)
Monday, May 13 – Run City of Prineville Railroad in Prineville, OR (PRO)
Thursday, May 16 – Set on and run Chehalis Centralia Railroad in Chehalis, WA (PRO)
Friday, May 17 – Set on and run Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad in Mineral, WA (PRO)
Saturday, May 18 – Set on and run Oregon and Pacific Railroad in Canby, OR (PRO)
Sunday, May 19 – Set on and run Albany and Eastern Railroad in Lebanon, OR (PRO)
Tuesday, May 21 – Set on and run Mt. Hood Railway in Hood River, OR (PRO)
Friday, May 24 – Set on at Eastern Idaho Railroad in Idaho Falls, ID (MOW)
Saturday, May 25 – Run Eastern Idaho Railroad – Yellowstone Sub (MOW)
Sunday, May 26 – Run Eastern Idaho Railroad – East Belt Sub (MOW)
Monday, May 27 – Run Eastern Idaho Railroad – Menan (MOW)
Tuesday, May 28 – Set on in Heber City, UT (MOW)
Wednesday, May 29 – Run Heber Valley Railroad in Heber City, UT (MOW)
Thursday, May 30 – Set on and evening run Nevada Northern Railway in Ely, NV (MOW)
Friday, May 31 – Run Nevada Northern Railway in Ely, NV (MOW)
Friday, May 31 – Tour ends

Goose Lake Railway

May 10, 2024 - May 11, 2024


Motorcar Operators West is pleased to welcome all NARCOA operators and guests to the beginning of the Northwest Rail Tour 2024 in beautiful Lakeview, OR on the Goose Lake Railway. We will run approximately 110 RT miles from Lakeview, OR to just outside of Alturas, CA as we travel along the shore of Goose Lake past hot springs, Osprey nests, Chimney Rock Historical Monument, and other interesting sites with stops along the way.

We will have a lunch break at our turning point. There is a convenience store and gas station across the road where tasty treats can be purchased, if you don’t bring anything, or want something extra.

Your ECs for this excursion are listed below and can be contacted for answers to your questions:

Bill Schertle     
804 E Tularosa Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Rick Smith       

ECIT Mike Mitchell     

The fee for this excursion is $150.00 per car. Make check payable to MOW and send it with your carefully completed paperwork (as indicated below) to Bill Schertle at address above.

Participant Registration Form (link below post)
Excursion name: Goose Lake Railway
Date: May 10 – 11, 2024

NARCOA General Release Form (NARCOA website) (printed on one sheet, double-sided)
In consideration of: Goose Lake Railway
On the dates of: May 10 – 11, 2024
For excursions of: Motorcar Operators West

NARCOA Rail Vehicle Inspection Form (NARCOA website)
Excursion: Goose Lake Railway
Location: Lakeview, OR
Date: May 10 – 11, 2024

• Set-on will be on Friday evening, May 10, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Any additional set-on needed will be on Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
• The Main Drag running through town is US-395
• Traveling South (from Hotels) on US-395
• Go about 0.6 miles and then turn Right on S 3rd St
• Set-on is about ½ mile down S 3rd St at the railroad crossing
• There is a parking lot for the school on the right just before the crossing
• Please use this for staging and set-on prep of your motorcar and participants
• Safety Meeting will be at 8am, Saturday morning, May 11, 2024
• Suggest you bring food/snacks and drink – only other food will be at turning point
• Enroute restroom service will be provided by P.H.A.R.T. or affiliate
• Overnight dry camping and trailer parking is available on Railroad property
• There are several hotels and eateries in the area with a variety of prices
• No mentoring without pre-arrangement with EC
• As always, no smoking on Railroad property, long pants, boots, and Hi-vise required by all
• All cars must be equipped with a spark arrestor and a working radio
• All NARCOA Rules and MOW Special Operating Rules apply

We look forward to seeing you there. 
Thank you!

Memorial Day Weekend Excursion at Idaho Falls, Idaho

May 24, 2024 - May 27, 2024


We would like to announce the Memorial Day weekend excursion at Idaho Falls, IA. On Friday, May 24, 2024, we will set our cars on the spur track at the Eastern Idaho Railroad yards at 1050 North Emerson, Idaho Falls. Please note the North Emerson address. We will have a potty car with us for your convenience. Saturday morning, May 25, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. we will have our safety briefing. Then shortly after we will run the East Belt to Newdale and return to the Idaho Falls yard. Sunday morning, May 26, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. we will have our safety briefing and then depart to the Yellowstone branch to Ashton and then return to Idaho Falls. On Monday, May 27, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. we will have our safety briefing and depart to the West Belt branch. This will be a short trip and we will be back in the yard by 12:30 p.m. and start the set off. We should all be out of the area by 3:00 p.m. 

Each day, our turn point will not have access to any restaurants or fast food facilities. We recommend you bring something to eat along with some water. On Saturday, May 26, 2024, we will have a morning break at Ririe (There is a convenience store across from the park where we stop). On Sunday, May 26, 2024, we will stop at a park with nothing around. 

Use all the forms from the NARCOA website as they have been updated as of February 1, 2024. Please provide a signed release and car inspection form along with a check for $320.00 made out to MOW. 
Please send these documents and a check to: 

Mr. Joe Schnyder
20401 North 33rd Drive
Phoenix AZ 85027-3069. 

The E.C.s for this excurstion are: 

Joe Schnyder: 623-332-0238
John Martin:   661-331-7916

Grand Canyon Excursion

October 13, 2024 - October 16, 2024


MOW and The Grand Canyon Railway will host the 2024 excursion from Williams AZ to the south rim of the Grand Canyon 67.4 miles one way. Set on Sunday, October 13th at the engine repair facility. Monday, October 14th after the passenger train leaves we will leave for the south rim. Stay is two nights at South Rim Thunderbird Lodge Cost will be $1,205 canyon view room and $1,065 street view room double occupancy with a maximum of four persons in the room; $32.00 per person for the third and fourth person per room. All rooms have two queen beds. Price includes baggage transfer, room attendant costs, and all taxes. There is a 25-car limit no Hy-Rails and a minimum of 12 horsepower because of grades. Wednesday, October 16th we will return to Williams upon arrival of the passenger train, about 12:15. We should arrive back at Williams by 3:30 to be clear of returning passenger train. Immediately begin to set off and should be gone by 5 pm. 

For more info Joe Schnyder at 623-332-0238 or