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2016 PRO Excursion Calendar

June 4-5

Pacific Railcar Operators is pleased to announce a two day excursion on the former Camas Prairie Railroad. Set on will be at the headquarters of the Great Northwest Railroad in Lewiston, Idaho on June 3 from 3-6 PM, and June 4 from 6:30-7:30 AM.

Saturday we will run on the GRNW from Lewiston to Riparia and return for a total of 144 miles. Sunday we will run on the Bountiful Grain & Craig Mountain RR from Lewiston to Kamiah and return for another 129 miles. Total miles will be approximately 273. There is a limit of 30 motorcars for this excursion and the cost is $220 per car.

This is a NARCOA excursion. All NARCOA rules and insurance requirements will be followed along with PRO rules which require a spark arrestor. Make checks out to PRO and mail them to the excursion coordinator for this run: Will Krasselt, 3179 Flomer LN, Moscow, ID 83843. Please include your current mailing address, phone number, and a valid email address with your check. You can contact Will at nova1965@yahoo.com or call 208-310-1335. Excursion Coordinator in Training will be Mike Phelps. You can e-mail Mike at klpmgp@accima.com or call 509-345-0100. Before the excursion, you will receive an itinerary and information regarding lodging which will be emailed or sent by regular mail.

Posted 02-29-2016

June 6-12 - Full, Waiting List Started

The PRO Montana Tour will be held June 6-12, 2016. The run will begin on Montana Rail Link’s 10th Subdivision (Desmet to Paradise (120 rdt miles). This is the portion of the former Northern Pacific’s passenger main line traveled by the North Coast Limited over Evaro Hill on 2.2% grades and along the Flathead River. The route remains a MRL secondary mainline.

We will then move to Montana Rail Link’s 5th & 6th Subdivisions between Whitehall and Logan (5th) and the Harrison branch (6th) (112 rdt miles). The 5th consists of some of the east side of Homestake Pass to MP 45 and the connection with the MRL mainline at Logan. The 6th is a 10 mile active branch line through Antelope Creek Canyon on a 2.2% grade.

The tour will end on Central Montana Rail (approx. 180 rdt miles). This is part of the former Milwaukee Road Northern Montana Division and Great Northern Lewistown branch. It will include the first motorcar run over the newly refurbished (as of April 1) Ross Fork Trestle since 2010.

The total rdt mileage for the excursion will be approximately 400. Please send the run fee of $535 to EC Bill Taylor, 917 Parkview Way, Missoula, MT 59803. Make checks payable to PRO. There is a 25 car limit. No reservation will be accepted without payment. Complete run packets with maps, seton sites, lodging and meal info will be mailed after registration. Those seeking to operate with passenger carrying trailers, Hirail vehicles or oversized cars must receive the EC’s permission prior to set on.

This is a NARCOA insured run through remote portions of Montana. Participants and passengers must be physically able to walk at least two miles in case of an emergency. Proper footware and clothing is required. Cell service will not always be available. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals. Dry camping will be available. USFS approved spark arrestors are required.

For more information and reservations contact EC Bill Taylor at wtaylor@bresnan.net

Posted 02-16-2016

June 18

Albany & Eastern Railroad.

Set-on at Lebanon, OR on Albany & Eastern Railroad at 0800 for a run to Sweet Home on former Oregon Electric track, will have lunch at McDonalds – or bring a lunch - in Sweet Home (no host), and return to Lebanon approximately 28 miles total.  $120/car.

All PRO rules apply, especially spark arrestors.  Correct NARCOA forms required; all persons riding must sign release, form must be two-sided.  Extra forms will be available at set-on. Safety meeting at 0900. Email preferred and cell phone recommended.  More details mailed/emailed to you when run fee received EC Bill Bain, bill@yaquina.com, 541-961-0600.

Posted 03-24-2016

June 19

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Set-on at Garibaldi, OR on Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad starting at 0730.  We will first go south to the blimp hangar at the former Naval Air Station Tillamook, then return through Garibaldi, north through Wheeler and onward to Salmonberry and the end of track, close to Enright, then return to Garibaldi for set-off.  We will be operating around excursion train(s), normally powered by McCloud RR #25, or other vintage equipment. Total mileage approximately 100 miles.  $160/car.

All PRO rules apply, especially spark arrestors. Correct NARCOA forms required; all persons riding must sign release, form must be two-sided. Extra forms will be available at set-on. Safety meeting at 0830. Email preferred and cell phone recommended.  More details mailed/emailed to you when run fee received EC Bill Bain, bill@yaquina.com, 541-961-0600.

Posted 03-24-2016

June 30-July 3 - Full, Waiting List Started

Coos Bay Rail Link, Coos Bay OR. Phone Coos Bay motel AFTER you receive acceptance letter; the 800 number will not get you the PRO discount. If accepted, you will receive a welcome letter with full details, itinerary, and full instructions.

Vaughn OR set on; you will need a Eugene motel following set on. Dry camping is available with 24 hour security. Railroad requires long sleeve shirts, long pants, and boots. Please notify EC if operating belt drive car. Running under PRO Rule #5.

EC Bill Andrews, 191 Azalea Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526. Phone: 541-295-5631 Email: railsnrods@msn.com

Updated 03-07-2016

July 9

PRO is pleased to announce a ride for the public on Saturday, July 9, 2016. This will be a free ride for operators providing seats for the public.  We need operators with larger cars to provide rides. Please contact Al McCracken at alnethie@aol.com or (408) 294-2953 to sign up and let him know how many seats you can provide.

We will be making 6 trips, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. This run is in conjunction with the Model Railroad Convention being held in the area. Also as a treat for the operators after the rides for the public are done we will be running all the way to Verona Road and return.

Posted 04-19-2016

July 9

Public rides on the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway to help raise funds for the ongoing restoration of the Potlatch Depot. This coincides with their annual depot day, scheduled for July 9th. Set on will be at the depot in Potlatch, Idaho on July 9th, from 6-7:45 am. We will run both east and west from the depot on the Idaho section of the line.

There are no fees for the operators. Total miles for the day will be about 100. There will be a limit of 10 motorcars. If you would like to participate, please contact EC Will Krasselt at nova1965@yahoo.com or call 208-310-1335. Also, let him know how many seats you will be providing for the rides.

Excursion Coordinator in Training will be Mike Phelps. You can e-mail Mike at klpmgp@accima.com or call 509-345-0100. For more information about the Potlatch Depot, go to the Washington, Idaho, and Montana historic preservation group website.

Posted 05-28-2016

August 18-21 - Full, Waiting List Started

Coos Bay Railink, OR. We will run 235 Miles round trip from Vaughn Oregon to Coquile Oregon and Back.

Thursday, set-on Aug 18 at Vaughn. Please NOTE there will be no set-on Friday the 19th!

Friday, Vaughn to Coos Bay, Welcome dinner at the Red Lion Hotel, Overnight.

Saturday, Coos Bay to Coquile, back to Coos Bay, Overnight.

Sunday, Coos Bay to Vaughn and Set-off.

Both nights we will tied down the cars on the Main opposite the Red Lion Hotel where a block of room has been reserved for us. To book rooms, please use the Hotel's direct Number (541) 267-4141 and ask for the PRO booking.

A detailed run package will be mailed to you after I receive the $430 run fee which includes two meals at the welcome dinner on Friday night. Please make cheques out to "Pacific Railcar Operators" and mail them to Guy Howard, 94991 Toftdahl Lane, Junction City, Oregon 97448. If you have any questions feel free to call 541-998-5280 10:00 to 22:00 Pacific time.

Updated 05-28-2016

September 17-18

On September 17-18 we will be traveling approximately 160 miles round trip from Island City Oregon to Joseph Oregon and back, on the Idaho Northern and Pacific and the Wallowa Union Railroad. We will overnight at Joseph, transport from the Rail yards in Joseph to hotels will be provided. I have not been able formally to hold blocks of rooms but -

o The Indian Head in Joseph 541-432-2651 (Debbie)

o Mountain view in Joseph 541-432-2982

have rooms available.

o Wallowa lodge outside Joseph 541-432-9821 may have some rooms.

o The run fee is $215 and is limited to 25 cars. In addition to NARCOA rules PRO general order No. 5 will be in effect. No Mentoring will be allowed on this run. A detail run package will be sent out to operators before the event.

o To sign up or ask any questions please feel free to contact EC
Guy Howard
94991 Toftdahl Lane
Junction City
Oregon, 97448
541-998-5280

Posted 05-24-2016

2016 Tentative Planning Calendar

o July 9-11 - WA&ID/Potlatch - Krasselt

o September - Virginia & Truckee - Paluso

o October 1-2 - EWGRR Wilbur - set on Wilbur September 30 - Krasselt

o October 9 - BYCX, Yacolt to Heisson and Chelatchie - Bain

o Fall - Columbia Basin - Healy/Wade

o October 22 - PRO Board Meeting - Bear Hotel Grants Pass, OR

o Nov - Dec - Oregon Pacific (Portland) - Howard

Updated 05-28-2016

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