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Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society

100 N.W. "A" Street, Toledo, Oregon, 97391

541-336-5256 Hours: 10-2 Tues- Sat

Your YPRHS continues to meet the goals and mission through the generous donation of money, time and services. AS the year draws to a close and the New Year is on the horizon, folks often call or come by with old trains that they have found in a closet. We gladly accept them, provide a letter of acceptance for the donor determined value. We also fix trains at our Holiday show. Cash donations are most welcome.




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President - Bill Bain
Vice President- Lane Plotner
Secretary– Mark Seibert
Treasurer- Allan Preece
National Director-Bob Topham
Chapter Historian – Lloyd Palmer
Conductor-Tom Chandler
C.C.B.W—Leonard Freidberg        
Time Keeper-Allan Preece
Senior Director– John Keefer
Webmaster –Misty Lambrecht
Small Engines - Lane Plotner


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Experience Works Training Program ends for Leonard Freidberg

A Federally subsidized program for Seniors 55 and above known as Experience Works, formerly known as Green Thumb, has notified YPRHS that as a result of changes that occurred in the Older Americans Act, the maximum amount of time that an individual can participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program is 48 months, and as such Leonard will be exited from the program on June 29, 2012.  The program was  designed to provide training through involvement with real life experiences in the host agencies.yaquina Pacific Railroad
YPRHS has been very fortunate in this program as it has provided another .5 FTE staff to our efforts and mission.  Leonard has been an outstanding addition to the growing assemblage of equipment and events of the organization.  He spends countless hours on maintenance and is always a willing host to visitors giving them a grand tour of the railroad museum.  His companion, “Coffee”, referred to as our attack dog, (she attacks all parties to get her belly scratched) is the constant greeter and with permission of the visiting parents becomes a true friend of little people.  Sometimes she is a little jealous of her space when other four legged creatures come a calling.
Leonard has become the “Hot Dog Master”, with his grilled dogs smothered in butter-cooked onions whenever our Loose Caboose Café is open for special events.  Former visitors and participants of local events return just for these “tube steaks”. 
Recognizing the impact on Leonard and YPRHS, the Membership and Board wrestled with the issue at the May general meeting.  Without a significant infusion of funds to the 2012-2013 budget, putting him on the payroll.


Once again, the parade train was enlisted by business members of the Toledo Main Street program to provide some youth rides during their Block Party. On this occasion Leonard took the controls and for some 3 hours gave rides on the blocked off main street. He says that he had better than 100 participants.

The Antique Street Fair and Car Show on August 7th. provided yet another opportunity to pull out the stops at the Train Museum. We were given permission by the Portland & Western RR to use the back track for demonstrations of the motorcars. This allows the members and volunteers to get the batteries charged, engines oiled and gassed along with do safety checks and briefings of both equipment and personnel. Some 70 folks took advantage of the demonstrations on that Sunday.

The next major event on August 20-21, was the Port of Toledo's 7th. Annual Wooden Boat Show. This is usually the largest draw of visitors and once again we had track privileges to operated the motorcars. Boarding statistics assembled afterwards from the Release Forms completed by each participant showed that 200+ got a motorized tour of the site from the Port's main venue past the museum.