Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay RR
Postponed until Spring 2015 due to construction that will open the line all the way to Davenport.
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
Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City
September 6-7, 2014
MOW will be operating on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City , Nevada on September 6th and 7th during the World Famous Camel Races. The fee is $110 for either or both days. We will run the line once each day following the train up in the morning and spending midday in historic Virginia City amongst the excitement and bustle of the Camel Races. Some transportation will be available to take us to town from the railyard but, it is within walking distance. We will return after the train leaves at about 2:30 in the afternoon. Set on will begin on Friday, September 5th, at 4:30 at the Carson City end and include a short run to Eureka. We will e-mail a map to set on when you sign-up. There will be an optional run to VC Saturday night for those staying in VC with a return to Carson early Sunday morning. Lodging is scarce in the area because of the Camel Races so make your reservations very early!!! Dry camping and trailer parking will be available at the set on location. This is a rain or shine NARCOA event and the railroad is requesting operators, passengers and guests wear long pants and boots. Excursion Coordinators: Dave Balestreri email@example.com and John Haverty firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration and excursion info will be handled by email and registration forms are at MOWonline.org/forms.html. Mail checks made payable to MOW to Dave at 2320 E Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 or call 916-531-7536.
2014 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.
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.
March 27, 2014
Updated the Vancouver Island info on the Schedule page. Now confirmed.
March 21, 2014
Updated the Vancouver Island info on the Schedule page.
March 20, 2014
Updated the For Sale page; 2 items added.
March 18, 2014
Updated the For Sale page.
March 10, 2014
Date changed for the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay RR, October 11-12 (tentative), on the Schedule page.
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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.