Colfax Railroad Days, a free, annual, community-wide celebration of its railroad history and heritage of the First Transcontinental Railroad over the Donner Pass route through the Sierra Nevada, is planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Oct. 5-6.
Admission is free. The event will take place in various locations in central Colfax. The California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento will bring its historic Southern Pacific number 6051, an EMD E9 diesel passenger locomotive.
This locomotive, which began passenger service in Los Angeles in 1955, is the only surviving Southern Pacific passenger-dedicated diesel locomotive. It is typical of the type of locomotives that were seen in the heyday of passenger rail travel on this historic railroad route.
Other attractions will also include Union Pacific Railroad train equipment visitors may view up close. Visitors may walk through some of the equipment and ask questions as railroad docents explain its use. Union Pacific plans to bring snow removal and maintenance equipment currently used.
Operation Lifesaver, which includes information about railroad right-of-way and grade crossing safety, will also be presented.
The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad club members will offer free rides to all visitors on their miniature railroad. There will be hobby railroad layout displays and railroad films, photography and art among many other attractions. Local vendors will also sell food and merchandise.
Information about Colfax Railroad Days is available online at http:// colfaxrailroaddays.org, and also on Facebook. The Union Pacific Railroad, the Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society, the Colfax Chamber of Commerce and the city of Colfax are working together to create this year’s two-day event.