trains in feather river canyon at keddie wye

Trains and Railfanning

Plumas County is rich in train history and is renowned for its unique railroad engineering along the Feather River. Magnificent bridges and tunnels, a unique railroad “Y”  and a section of track that crosses over itself in a one-mile loop in order to gain elevation are among the features that attract train buffs to the area. For information on trains and railfanning in Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon, download the brochure, Plumas County’s Seven Wonders of the Railroad World. Learn about the area’s railroad engineering feats. Brochure can also be picked up at the Plumas County Museum.

Occasionally, charter passenger excursions are offered on Plumas County’s scenic track through the Feather River Canyon. For more information, visit

The world-renowned Western Pacific Railroad Museum is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in trains or railroads. The last spike of the Western Pacific Railroad was driven into a trestle at Keddie in 1909, becoming the last transcontinental railroad to be built across the Sierra, connecting California to the rest of the nation. 

For those who have never had the experience of riding on a train, you can change that. Ride around the museum grounds in a vintage caboose. Trains run weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

For the true railfan take part in the World Famous “Run-A-Locomotive program, rent a vintage diesel locomotive and operate it on the museum grounds, with your own private instructor.

Seven Railroad Wonders – Plumas County – Feather River Canyon

Blog Post on Bartell’s Backroads

Check out John Bartell’s blog on the Seven Railroad Wonders, map of points mentioned on the Seven Railroads Wonders video. Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon are a must see for railroad fans.

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Mill Creek

Close to the SW entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. A stay at the historic lodge includes full breakfast, option of dinner and a full bar.

Butt Valley Reservoir

Enjoy the outstanding views and tranquil atmosphere at Butt Valley Reservoir when you set up camp at Cool Springs Campground in Northern California.

Canyon Dam

A family owned/operated resort since 1928, featuring 9 cabins, 25 RV sites, marina, cafe and a commitment to providing an amazing vacation experience