Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay RR
April 25-26, 2015
Postponed until Spring 2015 due to construction that will open the line all the way to Davenport. Details and registration early 2015.
Fillmore and Western, Fillmore, CA
January 3-4, 2015
Come join us as we return to the Fillmore and Western Railroad for a spectacular two day excursion. We will set on in Fillmore Saturday morning and spend the entire day exploring this historical remnant of the Southern Pacific Santa Paula Branch. In the morning we will travel east to end-of-track at Piru and then turn and travel west to Santa Paula for lunch. You may either bring your lunch or eat at one of the many eating establishments in town. After lunch we will continue to travel west as far as time allows before returning to Fillmore by late afternoon. There will be plenty of time to explore the towns and sights along the way. There will also be photo stops at historic trestles and buildings. We will travel a total of 45 or 50 miles each day through beautiful fields and orchards. The same itinerary will be followed on both Saturday and Sunday. This will be a rain or shine event!
To register please do the following:
1. Fill out the Excursion Participant Registration Form found under "Forms" on the MOW website - mowonline.org
2. Enclose a check for $85 per day made payable to Motorcar Operators West. You may run one or both days. Indicate which days you will be running.
3. Mail everything to Lonnie Hughes, EC at 6864 Chapman Place, Moorpark, CA 93021
All return communications will be via e-mail. If you do not have e-mail access please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope.
If you have any questions, give one of us a call.
Lonnie Hughes EC - 805-222-5302, email@example.com
Bill Schertle EC - 714-743-0804, firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Railroad Museum, Rio Vista Junction, CA
November 9, 2014
On Sunday, November 9, 2014 MOW will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Western Railroad Museum. We will set on in the morning and have the Annual General Meeting at 8:30am and learn the results of the election. After the AGM there will be a short board meeting to install new members and select new officers for 2015. After the meetings we will take a trolley ride at 11:00am on one of the Museum's vintage cars approximately seven miles out to Bird's Landing. After lunch (BYOL) and a safety meeting we will head North to the Jepson Prairie Preserve and then to Meridian and return. The fee for the day is $60, make your check payable to MOW. Send checks to EC Dave Balestreri at 2320 "E" Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. NARCOA rules apply to this event. Boots and long pants are required and this will be a rain or shine excursion. Set on will begin at 7:30am and after lunch and our 1:15pm safety meeting we will blastoff. The museum's address is 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA. It is about halfway between Rio Vista and Fairfield and Hi-way 12 connects to Highways 5, 99 and 80. Questions: email@example.com or 916-531-7536.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and Washington Tour
September 13-22, 2014
Once again MOW returns to the grandeur and beauty of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We will travel through mountains, over trestles, and along lakes on one of the West's most scenic rail excursions. Starting in Beaver Cove, curves and twists will abound as we travel along the rails of the Englewood Railroad, the last "logging only" railroad in North America. Then we will travel to Parksville and there set on the Southern Vancouver Railway. From Parksville we will travel over the historic and mountainous Port Alberni Subdivision to Port Alberni. We will have some interesting stops along the way and explore trackside attractions, including the steamed-up and historic McLean Mill. We will return to Parksville and then travel south on the Southern RR on an overnight trip to Duncan via Nanaimo. Along the way we will pass over two amazing trestles and view beautiful vistas of the mountains and the sea. Following the island excursions we will travel to the mainland to ride the historic Abbotsford line to Chilliwack and then on to the amazing Mt Hood Railroad in Oregon.
This is an unusually scenic excursion opportunity with much to offer beyond the rails. In the past, many have spent extra time on the island visiting the city of Victoria, the Butchart Gardens, First Nation sites and other interesting spots. The ferry ride to the Island is an experience in itself. Don't miss this unique motorcar opportunity. To reserve your spot send a check for $720 payable to Motorcar Operators West plus your MOW Excursion Participant Registration Form to Dan Berg, 2017 Mule Creek Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89134. All tour information will be sent to you via e-mail. If you have questions, contact Dave Balestreri at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916 531 7536.
- September 13 - Englewood Railroad, 112 miles Round Trip
- September 14 - Travel to Parksville
- September 15 - Alberni Pacific Railway - Parksville to Port Alberni and return, 76 miles RT
- September 16 - Alberni Pacific Railway - Parksville to MacLean Mill and return, 60 miles RT
- September 17 - Southern Vancouver Island RR- Parksville to Duncan overnight at Duncan 55 miles
- September 18 - Southern Vancouver Island RR - Duncan to Parksville via Nanaimo 55 miles
- September 19 - Travel to Abbotsford
- September 20 - Southern Vancouver Railway - Abbotsford/Huntingdon to Chilliwack, 34 miles RT
- September 21 - Travel through Seattle to Mt Hood, Oregon
- September 22 - Mt. Hood Scenic Mountain Railway- 44 miles RT
2015 Membership renewals and new membership applications are now being accepted. Please download (Forms page) and fill-out all requested information along with your $24.00 check. Please make the Motorcar Operators West membership payment to "Motorcar Operators West" and send it off to Harry Fischer for processing.
December 5, 2014
Confirmed Fillmore and Western on the Schedule
November 26, 2014
Confirmed dates for Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay RR in April on the Schedule
November 20, 2014
Added Fillmore and Western to the Schedule
October 7, 2014
Updated the For Sale page.
October 1, 2014
Updated the November 9th Western Railroad Museum info on the Schedule
September 16, 2014
Added Western Railroad Museum, Rio Vista Junction to the Schedule
June 18, 2014
Posted two Newsletters: Winter 2014 and Summer 2014.
June 10, 2014
Updated the Schedule page re. the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay RR run.
June 1, 2014
Updated the For Sale page.
May 26, 2014
Added Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City to the Schedule page.
May 23, 2014
Updated the May 25th Breakfast Run times on the Schedule page.
April 23, 2014
Added the May 25th Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad Breakfast Run to the Schedule page.
For older update entries, click here.
Motorcar Operators West welcomes new members. We are eager to help you learn about our hobby and all that is involved in owning, maintaining, and operating a motorcar. By navigating this website you will learn a lot about who we are and how we operate. Feel free to contact any of our Board Members [Link] for good information and a personal invitation. We hope to see you on the rails soon! An "Application For Membership" can be found on the Forms page.