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Travel the Feather River Canyon by Train

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to relive a little bit of history? 

Keddie Train 50'sThis is your chance to join Trains & Travel for an unforgettable experience of riding a private charter train up the scenic Feather River and take part in the fun of the 32nd annual Portola Railroad Days.

 

The special charted train trip starts in Emeryville and will stop to pick-up passengers in Martinez, Davis, Sacramento and Oroville.  Departing eastbound from the Bay Area the train runs on the former Southern Pacific Route along water’s edge of the San Francisco Bay with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After the last pick-up in Oroville the rail line starts the climb in the High Sierra running around Lake Oroville and at one point you will travel over Lake Oroville on the West Branch and then travel through a series of tunnels running under Big Bend Mountain. Once the train reaches the lower region of the Feather River Canyon you will travel 91 miles  through three different regions of the rugged Feather River Canyon.  A number of PG&E hydro dams and powerhouses can be seen from the train. You will pass through a total of 32 tunnels as the train makes it journey from Emeryville to Portola. You will cross the Pulga and Tobin stacked bridges.

Six miles west of Quincy begins a stretch of railroad tracks referred to as the 7 Wonders of the Railroad World.  You will travel over 6 of these wonders between Keddie and Portola.

The first if referred as the “Keddie Wye”.  It is the only railroad wye in the world with two legs on bridges and a closing track in a tunnel.  The next is the Keddie yard, here two trains passing each other in opposite directions are both actually moving eastward.  East of Quincy is “Williams Loop” , the railroad track makes a continuous one mile loop to gain altitude.  The track crosses over itself to gain the necessary elevation required.  Long trains actually cross over themselves.  You will cross the Clio Trestle which is a breathtaking structure at 172 feet in height and 1,005 feet long.

 

You may choose to ride the train one-way or round trip.  This route is basically a freight only line now and seldom sees a passenger train.  It is very possible that this will be the last year that Trains and Travel will be offering this specific train trip due to costs.  The company is offering several different classes of tickets and lengths of trip to meet varying budgets.

 The second day of the trip you can spend at the Portola Railroad Days, starting with the Golden Spike Parade.  The passenger train will depart Portola at 2:00pm for the 40 mile journey down the Feather River Canyon to Keddie where it will turn  around on the famous Keddie Wye and Spanish Creek Bridge.

 Day three you board the train for a return trip down the Feather River Canyon and back to the bay area.

 For  more complete details on pricing, departure times, meals, lodging and transfers please visit Train & Travel’s website.  Train & Travel also offer other excursions all over the world.

 For more details on the Portola Railroad Festival please visit their website.  The Feather River Rail Society was founded in 1983 with a goal to preserve the memories and significant equipment from the 100 year history of the Western Pacific Railroad.

 The Western Pacific Railroad Museum now has one of the best collections of early diesel locomotives in the U.S.  Train rides in cabooses and vista flat cars are available on weekends during the summer and with special arrangements you can even drive a locomotive.  The Railroad Museum can be reached at 530-832-4131 or www.WPLives.org

 

 

2nd Annual Tehama Trail Passport Weekend June 2 & 3rd

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

The Tehama Trail is a journey that begins in Corning, visiting world-class olive and olive oil producers. A short trip to the east finds you in Vina where the Monks of the Abbey of New Clairveaux practice ancient traditions of grape growing and wine making. On the way north to the Volcanic Vineyards of Manton, there are several interesting stops on Hwy 99 worth the stop.  After sampling the wines of the slopes of Mt. Lassen, the trail takes you to Historic Downtown Red Bluff where quaint shoppes and riverfront dining are a way of life.

 

 

The stops along the trail include:

You may want to get off the trail and head to  Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park  and the St. Bernard Lodge for dinner and a room.  Travel to the Indian Valley the next day and visit Indian Falls just south of Crescent Mills on Hwy 89.  Travel down the Feather River Canyon on 70 back to I -5.  This gives you a chance to do something different and have a great weekend.

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend tickets are $25 per person and include free tasting at all farms. All proceeds go to benefit the Tehama Trail association to further develop agri-tourism in Tehama County. Tickets can be purchased at all participating farms and the Tehama County Farm Bureau. Tehama Trail highlights local tourist attractions, historic landmarks and local shopping. The map is easy to navigate and user friendly.

For more information visit www.tehamatrail.com, or call 530-527-7882.

Feather River Video Contest

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

 

Feather River and Trains

Feather River and Trains

Feather River Video Contest

Purpose of  the Feather River Video Contest intends to promote the Feather River region and foster economic development through awareness and tourism. The goal of the contest is to encourage the production of videos that reflect the natural beauty and vibrant community that exists in the amazing place we are fortunate enough to call home. The contest is an initiative of Carrot Consulting with a $100 grant provide by Feather River Bread for the Journey for the prize money.

 

 

Contest Details
•Videos must be 3 minutes or less.

•Videos may be submitted by individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses.

•Videos must not contain any commercial businesses, industry names, brand names, product placement, endorsements, or trademarks.

•Videos may not be deleted or removed after the contest is over.

•Each entrant may submit up to two videos.

How to Enter
•Upload your video to YouTube, being sure to fill out the Title, Description, Tags, Category, and Map Location. (Learn more about that here.)

•Upload your video and submit your contest entry form by 5:00 pm PST, May 11, 2012.

Official Rules
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. Videos must not contain any commercial businesses, industry names, brand names, product placement, endorsements, or trademarks. Video must contain a Title, Description, Tags, and Location. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements.

Judging
All eligible submissions will be judged through an online voting process. Anyone can vote but an individual is only permitted one vote. The voting will take place between May 14th and May 31st on www.QuincyCA.us. The video with the most votes by 5:00pm PST on May 31st will be deemed the winner. The prize will be split should a tie occur.

Prize
The first place winner will receive $100 in cash. The contest winner will be notified by phone or e-mail by June 4, 2012.

Questions?
Email Carrie!

Things are starting to happen in the North State.  Come visit St. Bernard Lodge, Lassen National Volcanic Park, Lake Almanor, Quincy and the Feather River Canyon.  Take some great video and possibly win $100.00.  Upcoming events in the area include: Taste Of Plumas April 15th, 20th Annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show April 21-21,  Red Bluff Round Up April 20- 22, free entrance to Lassen Park April 21-29th and Mother’s Day Brunch at St. Bernard Lodge May 13th.