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2018 PRO Excursion Calendar

June 1-9

PRO 2018 Montana Run - Full Waiting list started

The PRO 2018 Montana Tour will be held June 1-6. The run will begin on Central Montana Rail (approx. (100 rdt miles). This is part of the former Milwaukee Road Northern Montana Division and Great Northern Lewistown branch at Denton, MT. This run will include four large steel trestles, one tunnel and some magnificent Montana scenery. 

We will then move to Montana Rail Link’s 5 - 6th subdivisions with travel to Logan and Harrison out of Whitehall (130 rdt miles) (www.montanarail.com). The 5th is part of the former Northern Pacific’s passenger main line traveled by the North Coast Limited along the Jefferson River. The 6th was built as mining branch in 1890 and ascends Antelope Creek via a 2.2% grade.

The tour will finish at Mission Mountain Railroad at Stryker, MT. We will travel to Stryker and Eureka. This consits of a portion of the the former Great Northern’s main line prior to the construction of Libby dam and the formation of Lake Kookenusa in 1970. Beautiful scenery abounds and we will be very close to Glacier National Park (50 rdt miles).

Please send the run fee of $450 to EC Bill Taylor, 6853 Lamar Trail, Florence, MT 59833. Make checks payable to PRO. There is a 25 car limit. No reservation will be accepted without payment. Those seeking to operate with 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. Radios with the NARCOA frequencies are recommended. Proper footware and clothing is a must. Cell service is spotty. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals. Dry camping is allowed at set ons. USFS approved spark arrestors are required.

A packet containing lodging, set on sites, and directions will be mailed after successful registration. For more information and reservations contact EC Bill Taylor at wtaylor@centric.net. ECITs Bryan Adams and Peter Wolfgram will assist. 

See you in Montana.

Update 2018-04-10

August 11 2018  CA

Niles Canyon Railroad

PRO is sponsoring, a rides for the public event with the Niles Canyon Railroad, on Saturday, August 11  We need operators with large cars to provide seats for this event.  This is a free run for operators who can provide seats.  Please don't bring passengers as we need all seats available for the public.  Lunch will be provided to operators by the railroad.  If you can help, please email Al McCracken at:


If you have questions, please contact Al at (408) 249-2953.

Posted 05/14/18

October 7th OR

Albany and Eastern

Set on at the former SP station in Lebanon starting at 0800, Safety Meeting at 0900. Depart for Sweet Home, approximately 16 miles, for lunch at McDonalds restaurant in Sweet Home, return to Lebanon for set-off. Mentoring available with reservation, $70 fee. Contact EC Bill Bain at 541-961-0600 or bill@yaquina.com for more information, including lodging.

Posted 2018-06-02

October 8th OR

Oregon Coast Scenic

Set on at the Tillamook Blimp Hangar (at the airport) from 0645 to 0730, Safety Meeting at 0800. Depart for Batterson to end of track after safety briefing, take a lunch break at Wheeler. Return through Wheeler, Rockaway and Garibaldi, with a stop there to visit the four active steam locos there, and then proceed to the Blimp Hangar for set- off. Mentoring available with reservation, $85 fee. Contact EC Bill Bain at 541-961-0600 or bill@yaquina.com for more information, including lodging.

Posted 2018-06-02

October 19th AZ

Copper Basin Railway

Copper Basin Railway excursion on Friday, Oct 19th. 100 miles round trip. $80 per car. Limited to 40 motor cars (due to limited parking). Set-on in Hayden, AZ. Open to all NARCOA insured and NARCOA rulebook certified operators. However, mentoring new operators cannot be accommodated. Spark arrestors and brake actuated taillights required. Smoking NOT permitted in motor car or on RR property. To register, provide an email address as excursion information will be sent by email. To sign up, mail check made payable to Pacific Railcar Operators and send to Doug Stivers, 1544 Fuchsia Drive, San Jose, CA 95125-4833, email: dstivers@sbcglobal.net

Posted 2018-04-19

Coos Bay RailLink June Excursion will not take place due to necessary tunnel maintenance. There is slight possibility that runs may be scheduled for August and October; info will be posted as soon as known. ECs Bill Andrews 541-295-5631 and Guy Howard

Posted 2018-02-05

2018 Tentative Planning Calendar

PRO is pleased to present a preliminary outline of runs being planned for next year.

  • Railroads in Alberta Canada postponed until 2019 - EC Doug Gentles
  • June 21-24 - Coos Bay - EC Bill Andrews, cancelled (see above in red)
  • August 16-19 - Coos Bay - EC Guy Howard, see above in red
  • September 20 - City of Prineville - EC's Guy Howard & Rich Wilkins
  • September 22-23 - Island City to Joseph - EC's Guy Howard & Rich Wilkins
  • (TBD) October Coos Bay - EC Bill Andrews, see above in red

Work is under way to to return to some lines we have run in previous years. Lewiston, V&T, Copper Basin, Albany and Eastern, Oregon Coast Scenic, Lake View.

Remember these runs still await approval of the railroads, so keep checking the list for any changes. When runs are opened for signed up they will first be listed on the NARCOA site.

Updated 2018-04-10

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