PRO - Pacific Railcar Operators

A Non-Profit NARCOA affiliate serving the West

Columbia Basin Railroad Excursion

April 26-28, 2024

Welcome to the PRO, Columbia Basin Railroad Excursion, April 26-28, 2024

Pacific Railcar Operators is pleased to announce a two-day spring excursion on the Columbia Basin Railroad in central WA, on the former Northern Pacific and Milwaukee lines. Set on will be at the Railroad Way & Ash Ave crossing at Warden, WA on Friday April 26th 2:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturday April 27th 6:30am-7:30am. Do not set on until paperwork is verified by the E.C. or his assistant, and all passengers have signed the General Release.  Operator insurance, Operator’s Certificate, Spark Arrestor, Boots and Safety Vest are required.  Everyone is required to adhere to Pro General Order # 6. 

               The Excursion Coordinator is Mike Phelps, Email: 

The run fee is $230 per car, Make checks out to PRO and mail them to excursion coordinator Mike Phelps, P.O. 197 Marlin WA 98832-0197. Please include your current mailing address, phone number and email with your check. Saturday and Sunday safety meetings will be at 8:00 am. All persons and riders must attend the safety meetings. The Saturday trip will leave Warden after the safety meeting.  We’ll then proceed to Othello, turn the cars and return to the Warden yard, proceed to Wheeler, Sieler, turn on the wye and have lunch. Then return to Wheeler, Schrage and back to Warden.            

Sunday we will leave Warden and proceed to Bruce then Connell and turn, then proceed to the top of the grade and have lunch, then proceed to Bruce and to Warden. Possible additional trip back to Schrage if time permits. 5 minute breakdown rule applies. Both days you will need to bring your lunch as we will not be stopping close to any towns. Total Miles around 200. 


There are two grocery stores in Warden and two fuel stations, many in Moses Lake (15 miles) to the north. Obtain your Excursion Participants Registration, General Release (printed on both sides) and your inspection form. 

Lodging: Moses Lake has many hotels, here’s a few:   

Quality Inn Moses Lake - (509) 765-8886

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - (509) 766-8000

The Inn at Moses Lake - (509) 766-7000

Dry camping is allowed in Warden on Railroad Way next to set on.  Please ask for assistance as to where to park. 

If you would like to join us, please print, and carefully fill out the following three forms found on the NARCOA and PRO websites:  All forms can be found on the PRO Website under the Forms tab.

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PRO Excursion Registration form:

Excursion name: Columbia Basin RR Exc

Dates of: April 26-28, 2024


NARCOA General Release, printed double sided, single sheet:

In consideration of Columbia Basin Railroad

Permission to enter their property on the dates of April 26-28, 2024

“Pacific Railcar Operators” is the NARCOA affiliate


NARCOA Rail Vehicle Inspection form:

Excursion: Columbia Basin RR Exc

Location:  Warden, WA

Date: April 26-28, 2024


Send all three forms, and a check for $230.00 payable to PRO, to:

Mike Phelps 

PO Box 197

Marlin, WA 98832-0197


Upon receipt of these three documents and a check made out to PRO for $230, a run packet with further information will be emailed.

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