The 2007 Railroad Days in Dunsmuir, a tradition in this area since the 1940’s, this year will feature not only two G-scale model railroad layouts, one of them with actual steam locomotives, but some of the real thing, as as a collection of Union pacific and Portola Railroad Museum will be available for public viewing. Some of the trains that will be on display include Union Pacific’s Centennial DD40X No. 6936 . this is the largest diesel-electric locomotive engine built, featuring two engines sharing one frame that can deliver a roaring 6,600 horsepower, capable of tooling along in excess of 90 miles per hour. This engine is still the most powerful diesel locomotive built.
Also on display is the Western Pacific engine 917 D “A” along with a “B” unit, “The Streamliner”. Built by General electric starting in 1939, these engines became very popular for both freight and passenger trains for many years.
There will be many other activities during Railroad Days, including a mini-train with rides for the kids, a family magic circus, pancakes breakfasts, rugby tournament and many other activities for young and old alike. The model railroad exhibit and train memorabilia will be set up at the Amtrak Depot and will be available all weekend.
The Southwest Railcar Limited will showcase 5 speeders/motorcars and offer free rides to the public on the old oil spur in the Dunsmuir Rail Yard. These little cars were used for inspection and repair until just a few decades ago.