Motorcars at Railtown this weekend!

Railroad Motorcars on Display at Railtown!

Private Club to Travel by Rail from Oakdale on June 12th, 2010

Motorcar Operators West using the turntable at Railtown last April.

JAMESTOWN, Calif. – On June 12th, Motorcar Operators West, an organization of private railcar owners, will be traveling by rail from Oakdale to Railtown.  Approximately 40 of these vintage vehicles will be on display at Railtown from 11AM to 2PM.  They will be using the Railtown turntable to turn around, which will enable visitors to see both motorcars, and the turntable in action.

Two historic Jamestown motorcars will also be on display.  The Hetch-Hetchy RR No. 19, with a body built in 1919 by Meister and Sons of Sacramento, placed on a standard White motor Company ¾ ton truck frame, with a self-contained turntable, was used during the construction of the Hetch-Hetchy Dam.  An original Sierra Railway, Model-T railcar will also be on display.

Railroad motorcars have been in use by railroads for over 100 years.  They are gas powered cars that are used to inspect track, supervise crews, or haul equipment.  Use of motorcars has been phased out over the past couple of decades in favor of Hy-Rail vehicles, which are standard road vehicles with retractable guide wheels that can operate on road or rail.

Stop by and see the motorcars, as well as the recently restored Sierra #3, which is on display in the roundhouse!  Tickets are now on sale for excursion train rides on the Sierra #3, starting July 3rd.  They can be purchased online at