California State Numismatic Association

c.s.n.a. medal
Actual size: 1.54 inches diam.
Design by Jim Hunt

CSNA's 130th Convention Medal

The Skunk Train

The California Western Railroad is one of the most scenic railroads in North America. It began as a lumber company railroad in 1885 with passenger service being added in 1904. The self propelled yellow gas cars were introduced in 1925. These gas cars were given the name “Skunk Train” because it was said, “You can smell ‘em before you can see ‘em.”

The line runs 40 miles from Fort Bragg to Willits, California. It traverses redwood forests and meadows, crossing over some 30 bridges and trestles and passes through two deep mountain tunnels.

The train pictured on the medal is the steam engine used on trips from Fort Bragg to the midpoint of the line at a place called North Spur.

The designer of the medal, Jim Hunt, is a rail fan and has ridden the line on both steam and diesel trains as well as the famous gas car from which the railroad derived its nickname. It is a trip that everyone will thoroughly enjoy. There are normally a couple dozen or so different tour options, ranging in price from $34 to $119 for adults, and $24 to $94 for children aged 2-12. Learn more at

Medals may be ordered from CSNA's Medals Coordinator:
Joyce Kuntz
697 Scripps Dr.
Claremont, CA 91711

Silver is $35, golden bronze $4, oxidized bronze $5, and the three medal set $42. Postage is $1.95 for one or two medals, and $2.12 for the three medal set.