Work Days


Work Days Are The Lifeblood of Roots


Roots work days are generally held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. When a work day falls on a three-day weekend, the work day is on that Saturday rather than Sunday. For specific information about a given work day or to confirm the schedule please email Roots . The public is welcome to tour the collection at no charge during work days.

2016 Scheduled Work Days







Jan 2 Feb 6 Mar 5 Apr 16 May 1 Jun 18
Jan 3 Feb 7 Mar 6 Apr 17 May 14 Jun 18
Jan 16 Feb 20 Mar 19 Apr 30 May 15  
Jan 17 Feb 21 Mar 20      







Jul 2 Aug 6 Sep 3 Oct 1 Nov 5 Dec 4
Jul 16 Aug 7 Sep 17 Oct 2 Nov 6 Dec 17
Jul 17 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 15 Nov 19 Dec 18
  Aug 21*   Oct 16 Nov 20  


The Roots of Motive Power collection and the Railroad History Project Exhibition and Learning Center are located in Willits, California, 140 miles north of San Francisco and just east of Highway 101. The Exhibition and Learning Center adjoins the Mendocino County Museum at 400 East Commercial Street. Part of the Roots of Motive Power collection is housed in the Exhibition and Learning Center; most of the collection is at the Roots facility, approximately 100 yards northeast of the museum.

  • When going North on Highway 101 in Willits, go one-half mile north of Highway 20 and turn right at the traffic light on Commercial Street. 
  • Proceed approximately one-half mile. 
  • Roots of Motive Power is on the left, just past the Mendocino County Museum.

*August 21 is the Annual Meeting. 


Schematic map of Willits, CA