September 12 & 13, 2015 Hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Colfax Railroad Days is an annual community event that celebrates the history and continuing role railroads play today in moving passengers and freight in our Placer County region.  This year we are celebrating Colfax’s 150th Birthday.

Join the Colfax Sesquicentennial Cerebration 

This is a wonderfully educational and entertaining family experience that brings nearly every aspect of railroading close up to the residents of Northern California. This is your one opportunity each year to sit in the engineer’s seat by boarding a train locomotive.  Learn about the huge specialized train equipment that railroaders use to keep the tracks clear of heavy snowfall in the winter and keep the trains moving.

Colfax Railroad Days is produced by the Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society with the cooperation and assistance of these Colfax non-profit organizations

Railroad Days 2015 Planning Meeting March 9th

The next Colfax Railroad Days Planning Meeting will be held on Monday, March 9 at 7PM in Colfax City Hall Council Chambers.  Discussion will focus on tasks to be accomplished and resources needed for each task.  You are invited to attend and contribute your ideas and skills to help make this a successful and memorable event.

2015 Colfax Railroad Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th & 13th

Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss this great family event!  2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Colfax when the railroad made it to town in September of 1865.  Therefore, this year’s celebration is extra special and will feature additional attractions over last year.

Remember, Sunday Sept 13 is Grandparent’s Day.  So kids, bring your grandparents — they’ll enjoy this event too.

Check back on this website to get updates on coming attractions this year.





Organizing Committee Meeting

October 13th @ 7 pm

There will be an Organizing Committee Meeting on Monday October 13, 2014 at 7 pm.  We will meet in the Pilots’s Lounge of the Auburn Airport.  Everyone is welcome.  Bring your ideas, your comments and your improvements with you.


“End of the Line” Art Exhibit By 16 Artists at Colfax Railroad Days

End of Line exhibit
Visitors to Colfax Railroad Days will enjoy the “End of the Line”  Art Exhibit at the Sierra Vista Community Center.  Sixteen artists will share their work including Nick Vogt of Paintings of Historical Significance.
Don’t Miss It!

Lyrical Locos To Perform At Colfax Railroad Days

Lyrical Locos 1      The Lyrical Locos community music group will reprise their annual performance of ‘Oldies but Goodies’ railroad songs at Colfax Railroad Days again this year.  Visitors can listen to them perform at 11AM at the Colfax Passenger Depot near the entrance to the Colfax Area History Museum.                           Don’t Miss It!

Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Train Ride at Colfax Railroad Days

Visitors will get to ride behind a live steam locomotive on this miniature railroad.  Experience the sounds and smells of a real steam locomotive.  Here the clickety clack of the train as it rounds the track.  The SVLS train will be set up for visitors again at the Sierra Vista Community Center next to the Kid’s Fun Zone.      Don’t Miss It!

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SIEMENS Rail Systems Display at Colfax Railroad Days

SIEMENS Rail Systems is a world leader in high speed rail systems manufacturing and railcar technology.  Their Sacramento manufacturing plant specializes in light rail and electric locomotives for the United States domestic market.  They will soon add a new passenger locomotive to their assembly line—Charger—a new Tier 4 low emissions diesel-electric locomotive for the US domestic market including Caltrans.  This new locomotive will be  capable of 125 mph and will produce 85% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional locomotives.  A SIEMENS representative will be on hand with a display to discuss their latest innovations in the rail systems manufacturing market.

Siemens  Siemens gewinnt weiteren Lok-Auftrag in den USA / Siemens wins an additional locomotive contract in the USA   Charger2



Amateur Radio Station Using Morse Code At Colfax Railroad Days This Year

Amateur (HAM) operator Duane Wyatt will set up his Amateur Radio Station to intrigue the kids visiting the Kid’s Fun Zone at the Sierra Vista Community Center.   Kids will get their own chance to send a radio message using Morse Code, also called Telegraphy, which was the important means of communication to the railroad in the 1800’s.

Don’t Miss It!  


Union Pacific Railroad Bringing Rotary to Colfax Railroad Days!

Yes, that’s right…UP is bringing their newly refurbished Rotary Snowplow to Colfax Railroad Days to show off to the public.  This massive piece of equipment was completely rebuilt in 2013 and hasn’t even had its tires kicked yet.  The last time it was on the Mountain was the extreme winter of 2011 and was featured in the PBS Television Documentary Rotaries — Avalanche on the Mountain.  Go inside and see what it looks like!  Don’t Miss It!

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