WP 165 Restoration Blog

Updates on the restoration of Western Pacific 0-6-0 number 165 at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, California.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Eric's Spirit lives on aboard the 165.

Long time WPRM member Eric Stephens, ardent supporter of the 165 project, and friend to many, lost his battle with cancer at 9:10PM on July 17th.

Although I never personally had the honor of meeting Eric, I know that he embodied the "WP Spirit" that we hope to perpetuate in everything we do. His work ethic at the Museum and the bravery he possessed in life are an inspiration to us.

I am dedicating the Summer Steam work session July 29th - Aug. 3rd to Eric's memory. We know that from now on Eric will ride with us in his rightful place aboard the 165. - JCA