In collaboration with Union Pacific, Town of Truckee, Jim Dobbas Inc. and Truckee Donner Railroad Society, Truckee Development Associates provided a permanent home for two historic pieces of rolling stock as part the future Truckee Railyard project. The Rotary Blower and Steam Crane will become part of a display piece owned and operated by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society. With the relocation of the rolling stock and decommissioning of the old Union Pacific maintenance building, all efforts are now focused on installation of infrastructure within future Phase 1 roadways. The 2-hour free and overnight parking located next to the Beacon station has been relocated to a temporary lot to the north to allow for the construction of parking and the extension of Donner Pass Road into the Railyard. In the coming weeks, you will see the realignment of future roadways coming into shape. Construction on the new round about at the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Church Street will begin in July. Please bear with our temporary traffic impacts and know that we are working to have all roadway improvements completed by the end of summer.
You may have noticed a new building down near the Legacy bridge on the Truckee Railyard project. This is an 11,000 square foot Union Pacific maintenance and operation building that was required to replace the older yellow building now being prepared to be dismantled. In fact, 100% of the Union Pacific required improvements have been accomplished, including the new UP building, relocation of the balloon track and construction of new storage tracks east of the balloon. This project is ON TRACK and moving forward!
Last January on the way home from Truckee I was thinking about Ali and pulled off the highway in Sacramento to check in on him. Ali suggested that we grab a bite of dinner and chat a bit. His physical appearance had changed but his spirit and exuberance for the Railyard Artist Project was as strong as ever. He was so excited about the results of the Truckee artist survey that he had compiled and was continuing to make this housing a reality. I left Sacramento that night feeling that he just might win this battle but alas he was taken in early March. THIS PROJECT WILL GO FORWARD. We will all have to work a little harder and strive for the quality that Ali would have brought but the commitment from CFY and Holliday Development is there.