Our World Famous "Run-A-Locomotive" program allows you, our visiting public, to rent a vintage diesel locomotive and operate it on the museum grounds, under the close supervision of your own private instructor. Relive a childhood fantasy! No experience required, just an adventurous mind. Income from locomotive rentals helps fund the restoration of our historic equipment.

Reservations for 2024 RAL season now OPEN - more information HERE!

Run-A-Locomotive Diesel Fleet

QRR 1100

Quincy Railroad #1100
EMD/General Motors Model "TR-6A"
Yard Switching Engine
Horsepower: 800
Weight: 230,000 Pounds
(115 Tons)
2 Seats for riders
Retail $400.00 hr, Member $320.00 hr

WP 1503

Western Pacific #1503
EMD/General Motors Model "SW 1500"
Horsepower: 1500
Weight: 267,870 Pounds
(134 Tons)
2 Seats for riders
Retail $500.00 hr, Member $400.00 hr

RAL prices include same-day museum admission for each RAL participant. For appointments that occur on a caboose train operating day, each RAL participant will also be eligible for complimentary same-day train rides (see caboose train schedule).

For Further Rental Information and Appointments...
call 530-832-4532 - Run-A-Locomotive Rental Information
If no answer, please call the museum Museum Store at 530-832-4131

Deposit and Payment

Deposit and Payment
A 50% deposit is required to schedule an RAL.

The remaining balance of the RAL charge is due and payable any time prior to the RAL.

Payment options depend on booking method, but generally include credit card, payment services and in-person cash payments.

You may cancel your scheduled RAL but no refund will be issued for any payments made, including deposit. The museum will convert any payment(s) made on a customer cancelled RAL to a 501(c)(3) donation and issue a revised receipt, by mail, to the address of your choice.

You may reschedule your RAL at any time up to 48 hours prior to your currently scheduled appointment. Please be sure to contact the museum as soon as you are aware of the need to reschedule. A reschedule attempt made with less than 48 hours notice will be treated as a cancellation by the customer.

No-Show / Late Arrival
A no-show will be treated as a cancellation by the customer.

We cannot honor your full appointment unless you arrive on time. If you are more than 20 minutes late, your appointment may be regarded as a no-show. If the museum is able to accommodate a late arrival, it will not result in an extension of the scheduled end time as that would unfairly delay our other customers. No refunds or proration will be made for late arrivals. Please plan your travel and allow enough time to arrive early.

RAL deposits and payments are non-refundable except in the event the museum, at its sole discretion, must cancel and/or reschedule the RAL due to a lack of equipment, a lack of personnel or adverse weather events that would make operations unsafe. In the event the museum must cancel an otherwise properly booked RAL, the customer will have the option to forego reschedule and receive a full refund of all payments the customer has made for the RAL. Customer initiated cancellations are not eligible for refund.

Overall Accountability
The FRRS President and Board of Directors are responsible for issuing, updating, and monitoring compliance with this policy.

The Board of Directors (through the chairperson) and/or the FRRS President, along with all department heads, are responsible for communications to all member(s) dealing with subjects of the Feather River Rail Society in any nature, and which are directed at the member(s) and the museum store

1. Policies and Procedures: PM0041 Run-A-Locomotive Deposit and Payment

Details and Rules
  • We will take "walk-in" rentals IF time and schedules allow, however, it is best to book your reservation in advance to ensure the time slot and equipment that you desire.
  • Please allow at least 24 hours to schedule a rental. We have to ensure that an instructor is available.
  • Summer months are the busiest rental times, we highly recommend making reservations at least two weeks in advance.
  • Sessions may be shared amongst friends & family (maximum of 6 participants), however, the maximum number of occupants in the locomotives at any one time depends on the number of seats on that particular locomotive.
  • All participants must be seated at all times while locomotive is moving.
  • ALL RAL Operating clients must have a completed release (pink form) before operating. To be verified by the RAL Instructor.
  • Due to the age and historic nature of these locomotives, it may from time to time, be necessary to temporarily remove one or more of them from the rental fleet for inspection, maintenance, or repair.  In the event that this is necessary, that particular locomotive will be replaced with a similar locomotive.  If none are available, guests will be offered a rental of greater value.
  • Specific locomotive requests will be accommodated when possible, substitutions may be necessary.
  • Rentals are from mid-spring through mid-October (weather permitting) by appointment.
  • A certificate suitable for framing is awarded after every rental.
  • All persons intending to operate a locomotive under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed release of liability.