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2017 PRO Excursion Calendar

June 10

PRO is pleased to announce a run on the Santa Cruz Big Trees and Pacific Railroad on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The cost of the run is $75. We will run from Felton to Olympia and then south to Santa Cruz, return to Roaring Camp for lunch and then after lunch head back south to Rincon. This is only the Roaring Camp Railroad and will not go any further than Mission Tunnel.

WE MUST SET ON THE MAJORITY OF THE CARS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON. We can only accommodate 5 cars to set on Saturday morning because of the train movement at Roaring Camp. If you can't set on Friday afternoon you must be one of the 5 cars who have got prior permission from me. If you are not one of the 5 cars and can't set on Friday afternoon unfortunately you will not be able to participate.

We have a 25 car limit. Please make your check payable to PRO and send it to Steve Paluso, 2878 Rosario Court, San Jose, CA 95132. Please include your email address with your check as run information will be sent out by email. If you have any questions call me at (408) 956-8070 or email me at sbpaluso@aol.com.

The hotels in the area seem to be a little more pricey maybe because of graduations. You will want to do some research on options.

Steve Paluso

Posted 04-15-2017

June 5-10 FULL, Waiting List started.

PRO Montana: Riding the Front Range Tour

The PRO Montana Riding the Front Range Tour will be held June 5-10, 2017. The run will begin on Montana Rail Link at Harrison, MT. On June 6th we will travel over the 6th, 5th and 3rd Subdivisions (Harrison to Toston). This will begin on the 2.2% Antelope Canyon grade, east along the Jefferson River from Sappington to Logan and (provisionally) over MRL’s CTC main line between Logan and Toston which will pass the historic headwaters of the Missouri, pass through the magnificent Missouri River canyon and through historic Lombard. This is provisional depending on main line traffic density (120 rdt miles). The second day we will again begin at Harrison and travel the route of the NP North Coast Limited upstream along the Jefferson River from Sappington to Whitehall and Pipestone siding on the east slopes of Homestake Pass.

The tour will end on Central Montana Rail (approx. 85 rdt miles). This is part of the former Milwaukee Road Northern Montana Division and Great Northern Lewistown branch to Moccasin, MT. Moccasin is CMR’s interchange with BNSF. We will go through a tunnel, cross four major steel trestles, see lots of wildlife and pass through some of Montana’s most scenic splendor.

The total rdt mileage for the excursion will be approximately 300. Please send the run fee of $560 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. Radios are required unless you contact the EC for permission to not have one.

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.

Updated 03-06-2017

June 22-25 FULL, Waiting List started.

Coos Bay RailLink. Pacific Railcar Operators Excursion of 234 round trip miles on good track including forests, rivers, lakes, sand dunes, and swing bridges. From Vaughn OR to Coos Bay, OR and return.

Fills up fast, so act quickly. Mail a check for $430 made payable to PRO to Bill Andrews EC, 191 Azalea Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526. Limit 30 cars. Run fee includes 2 dinner tickets to Friday night Welcome Dinner. Complete itinerary, info, documents sent when accepted on run. Do not make motel reservations in Coos Bay until you have complete info. No Hi-Rails or smoking/vaping. Boots required at all times on railroad property. Operating under PRO General Order #5. Bill Andrews EC 541-295-5631.

Updated 02-15-2017

July 8

Public rides on the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway to help to raise funds for the ongoing restoration of the Potlatch depot. This coincides with the annual depot day on July 8th.

Set on will be at the depot in Potlatch, Idaho from 6:15 – 7:45 AM. We will run from the depot east. The track is out of service to West. There will be no operators fees. Total miles for the days will be about 100. There will be a limit of 10 motorcars. Preference will be given to cars with turntables.

If you would like participate please contact EC Bryan Loftin at 208-365-9473 – sd60m@fmtc.com or Guy Howard at 541-998-5280 – ghoward@efn.org. Let us know how many seats you will be providing for the rides.

For more information about the Potlatch Depot, go to the Washington, Idaho and Montana historic preservation website.

Posted 05-27-2017

July 14-16

North Eastern Oregon.

IN&P + WURR 185 miles round trip Island City to Joseph, run fee $215. This will be a repeat of last years run where we will work with the passenger train and pedal bike operators. Set-on will be after 17:00 on Friday 14/7/17 There will be no set-on on Saturday without prior consultation with me.

Send your cheque to Guy Howard 94991 Toftdahl Lane, Junction City, Oregon 97448. On receipt of you cheque I will mail you a complete run package. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me 09:00-22:00 Hours Pacific Time 541-998-5280, ghoward@efn.org

Posted 04-30-2017

August 17-20 FULL, Waiting List started.

Coos Bay Railink. A Pacific Railcar Operators Excursion of 234 miles round trip limited to 30 cars. Spectacular running on well maintained track with many bridges and tunnels. Traveling though striking contrasts of scenery from Vaughn to Coquile and Back.

The run fee is $430 made payable to PRO. Mail to EC Guy Howard 94991 Toftdahl Lane Junction City Oregon 97448. 541-998-5280 ghoward@efn.org. Entries will not be accepted until 2nd/April/2017. A complete data package will be mailed to you when you are accepted on the run. Do not make your Coos Bay hotel reservations until you receive your data package. Please note the following restrictions:- PRO General Order #5 will be in effect. Boots required at all times on railroad property. There will be no smoking/vaping or marijuana. No Hi-Rails. No trailers without prior approval of the EC. This will not be a mentoring run, At the Railroads request there will be no poppers for the August run. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Updated 04-14-2017

October 13-16

Coos Bay RailLink Fall Colors Run. PRO EC Bill Andrews offers a third CBRL Excursion if the June and August runs fill with 30 cars each. Details and all info, call Bill Andrews, 541-295-5631. Status posting will be in July. Price $430 with 2 Welcome Dinner tickets included. Accepting sign-ups at this time. No Hi-Rails or smoking/vaping. PRO General Order #5 is in effect. Bill Andrews 191 Azalea Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Posted 02-02-2017

2017 Tentative Planning Calendar

o April 14-16 - either EWGRR/Wilbur or PCC/Colfax, subject to change, Cancelled

o May 19-21 - GRNW and BG&CM Lewiston., with possible addition, Cancelled

o July 8-10 - W&I Potlatch with possible addition, Cancelled

o July 15-16 - Island City to Joseph IN&P & WURR - Guy Howard. Will be open for sign-up after the coordinator paperwork is filled.

The PRO coordinators are working to reschedule the canceled runs. When we have answers we will report progress on this page. Guy Howard Vice President.

Updated 04-09-2017

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