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Portola in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Western Pacific Railroad 805-A

California Zephyr Passenger Locomotive

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
1. Western Pacific Railroad 805-A Marker
Inscription.  This unit, affectionately called a "covered wagon" was purchased to power Western Pacific's California Zephyr less than one year after the train began on March 20, 1949. This cab unit, typically joined by two cabless "B" units, hauled the train between Oakland, California and Salt Lake City, Utah from 1950 until March 22, 1970, when the CZ ended. The 805-A was then placed into freight service.

In 1972, WP purchased 15 General Electric U23B locomotives and turned in the 805-A for credit toward their purchase. GE sold the unit to the Wellsville, Addison and Galeton Railroad in Pennsylvania. After that railroad was abandoned in 1977, the 805-A was transferred to the Louisiana and Northwestern Railroad in Louisiana.

The Feather River Rail Society wanted this locomotive for its Western Pacific Railroad collection as it had become the last WP California Zephyr locomotive in existence. Arrangements were made to purchase the locomotive in 1987 with the cost shared between members Steve Habeck, Larry Hanlon and John Ryczkowski. FRRS joined as the fourth partner in the purchase.

The 805-A was cosmetically restored by Bill Evans and
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
2. Western Pacific Railroad 805-A Marker
David Dewey. With this work completed a rededication ceremony was held on May 27, 1995.

In early 2000, the FRRS launched the Zephyr Project to raise money for a complete mechanical restoration of the 805-A and restoration of the CZ dome car "Silver Hostel". The 805-A is the last, intact locomotive built specifically for the CZ.

builder • Electro-Motive Division of General Motors
built • January, 1950
type • FP7
horsepower • 1500
serial number • 9004
operating weight • 252,800 lbs
acquisition • purchased by FRRS and members
 
Erected by Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 39° 48.208′ N, 120° 28.661′ W. Marker is in Portola, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Western Pacific Way Ό mile west of Main Street. Marker is mounted directly on the subject locomotive, on exhibit in the Western Pacific Railroad Museum yard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola CA 96122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Pacific Railroad 925-C (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento Northern Railway 712 (within shouting distance of this marker);
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
3. Western Pacific Locomotive #805-A
Western Pacific Railroad 428 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 484 (within shouting distance of this marker); Central California Traction Company 24 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 501 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southern Pacific Railroad MW208 (about 400 feet away); Western Pacific 106 "Charles O. Sweetwood" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portola.
 
Also see . . .
1. Western Pacific 805-A. Today, the 805-A is fully restored, operational, and has even returned to the main line, going to Reno for the 2004 Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society convention. The 805-A is the only surviving, intact locomotive built specifically for the California Zephyr, and one of the "Crown Jewels" of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Western Pacific 805-A (Wikipedia). Western Pacific 805-A is a preserved EMD FP7 diesel-electric railroad locomotive built by the Electro-Motive Division of General
Western Pacific Locomotive #805-A image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
4. Western Pacific Locomotive #805-A
Motors. It was mainly used to pull passenger trains, specifically the California Zephyr (CZ), which was operated jointly by the Western Pacific, Denver and Rio Grande Western, and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads. (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on December 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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