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 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
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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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!
Colfax Railroad Days is featured on the electronic billboard in Colfax alongside Interstate 80. Great way to inform the I-80 commuters. Thank you, City of Colfax!
The NCNG Railroad Museum in Nevada City will be represented again this year at Colfax Railroad Days with an attractive display of the history of this shortline narrow gauge railroad. See the Attractions and Displays page for more information about this group.