About the Railroad
Located on private land in Portola Valley, California this 7 1/2" gauge layout is a very scenic live steam railroad with over one mile of track around a lake and through a tunnel leading up along a ridge to a balloon loop with two alternative returns. The PV&A is maintained and operated by volunteers under a charter from the owners. There are about 65 members, and the club is actively seeking new membership. Because of its location on private land the railroad is not generally open to the public. Click on the various areas using the menu above to learn more about our railroad! On the weekend of the 4th Saturday of each month you can view our webcams at the following links: Webcam 1, Webcam 2 and Webcam 3 with the username PVARR and the password Public.
The Portola Valley & Alpine is not currently open to visitors, but we would heartily recommend a visit to Golden Gate Live Steamers at Tilden Park in Berkeley, CA. GGLS offers public rides every Sunday from noon - 3pm, and open houses twice a year where members of the public can get a closer look at their operations. The GGLS website can be seen at www.ggls.org.