Widow Creek Railroad

WCRR CA. 1999

Welcome to The Feather River Canyon!  The Feather River Canyon is a place where a railroad learns respect for nature.  Even for a company of Union Pacific’s capability, the canyon presents a tremendous operating challenge.  The danger of rock slides is always present, and UP hasn’t always been able to add sidings or other improvements to make running trains here much easier than it was when Western Pacific built the line in the early part of the 20th century.  With maintenance personnel constantly trying to keep the line in prime operating condition, between train movements, and access afforded only by the railroad itself, the challenge never ends.

Layout Mission
To build a freelance model railroad closely representing the geography and the traffic of the Western Pacific RR’s Feather River Canyon Route from Oroville to Portola, with a branch line to Sierra Pacific Industries in Loyalton CA.

Operating period:  1972
Operation Road:  Western Pacific RR & Widow Creek RR
Scale: HO
Operation Control: NEC Digital Command
Communications: Wireless Headsets
Car Movement: 
 Car Cards & Waybills
Dispatching:  Track Warrants

Photo Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

You are free to copy, distribute and transmit the work, or to adapt the work under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work as follows: Chris Sgaraglino (http://www.chrissgaraglino.com)
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes without an additional license.
  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

The Dispatcher

Tell us your thoughts, and ideas, or just say "Hi."


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *