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2016 PRO Excursion Calendar

April 23 - Sold Out

Santa Cruz & Big Trees / Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay

MOW and PRO are together sponsoring an excursion on the Santa Cruz and Big Trees and the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railroads. We will be setting on in Felton, take the north (west) leg of the wye, and continue to the end of track at Bonny Doon (sand dune). After a few minutes of admiring the ocean view, we will turn and return to Santa Cruz for lunch. After lunch we will return to Felton for set-off.

Set-on will be Friday, April 22 from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. We need to have the great majority of participants to set on Friday due to the fact that Saturday morning there will be multiple train movements in the yard. We can only accommodate about 6 cars to set on Saturday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 AM only. If you can't set on Friday please contact Steve Paluso at sbpaluso@aol.com or (408) 956-8070. Only the first 6 requests for Saturday morning set-on will be accommodated. The rest will be denied with NO EXCEPTIONS! We really need participants to set on Friday afternoon in order to make this set-on feasible due to space limitations and train movements in the yard.

There is a 25 car limit - first come - first served. The run fee is $125. Make checks payable to Motorcar Operators West and mail to Bill Schertle, 804 E Tularosa Ave, Orange, CA 92866. You can reach him at 714-743-0804 or at bschertle@sbcglobal.net. You will receive the complete Information Sheet via e-mail when you are confirmed.

Excursion coordinators are Steve Paluso - PRO, Carl Shellhorn - PRO, Bill Schertle - MOW, & Dave McClain - MOW

Updated 03-18-2016

April 23-24

Pacific Railcar Operators is pleased to announce a two day excursion on the Palouse River & Coulee City RR, Pleasant Valley and Hooper junction lines. Set-on will be at the Last Street crossing in Colfax Washington on April 22 from 3-6 PM and April 23 from 6:30-7:30 AM.

Saturday we will run from Colfax to Thornton and return – 113 miles. Sunday we will run from Colfax to Hooper and return – 101 miles. Total miles for the excursion will be approximately 214.

There is a limit of 30 cars for this excursion and the cost is $150 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 e-mail 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 02-22-2016

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

August 18-21

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.

Posted 03-14-2016

2016 Tentative Planning Calendar

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

o September - Virginia & Truckee - Paluso

o Mid September - The Joseph run has been moved to mid September to accommodate the railroad and the shortage of hotel space. It will be posted for sign-up in early April. - Howard

o September 28-29 - EWGRR Wilbur - set on Wilbur September 27 - Krasselt

o October 1 - POVA Newport - set on Newport September 30 - Krasselt

o October 2 - STMA St. Maries - 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 05-02-2016

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