Changes in store for this weekend’s Railroad Days
There won’t be any trains at this year’s Truckee Railroad Days.
Instead, activities at this weekend’s event will differ from previous years. The Railroad Regulators, the Western reenactment group that has been heading Railroad Days for three years, has decided to scale back on spending and instead focus on fund-raising to build permanent railroad museum in Truckee.
Building a railroad museum has always been the dream of the Regulators, but they needed a more focused intent. For that, the Truckee Railroad Foundation was established about eight months ago to focus on seeing that plan come to fruition, said Josh Susman, Railroad Regulator and member of the foundation.
This year event-goers will pay a $20 entrance fee in exchange for tickets good for food, beverages, and activities, including a climbing wall. Live music by Truckee bands 1888 and Jo Mama will be playing, among others, and because all food and entertainment has been donated, funds will go directly to the foundation. Restaurants participating this year include Moody’s, Pacific Crest Zano’s, OB’s and more.
Ed Coleman, owner of Bar of America and Pacific Crest, said he has his menu set for the event.
“We will have barbecued oyster and shrimp, Pianetta is doing homemade ice cream, and Moody’s is having pulled pork sliders,” he said.
Restaurateurs and local bands won’t be the only ones offering their resources to the event, said Carolyn Wallace, a Truckee Railroad Foundation member.
“Our signature sponsor this year is Rick Holliday of Holliday Development, who will be matching all funds,” she said. Holliday, the owner of the property on which the Truckee train station sits, is a rail buff hoping for a museum, she said.
When asked what a future museum could entail, Dennis Cook, also a Railroad Regulator, said he would like to see Truckee have its own train, but noted that to purchase a locomotive and cars, build a roundhouse, and perhaps a turnstile would cost millions of dollars.
To help raise such a daunting amount of money, Wallace Dee is filing for nonprofit status so that the foundation can apply for grants. A finished product is still in the distant future, but Wallace Dee said she would love to see it done by Truckee’s 150th birthday in 2013.
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