Preserving California’s rich railroad history
We’re passionate about the role that railroads played in the development of our state and our nation, and we think the best way to experience railroad history is by riding trains. Our dedicated volunteers have spent years bringing the historic Placerville Branch back to life after Southern Pacific ended operations in 1986.
Rails allow anyone to experience the area’s beauty and history aboard trains, and a trail next to the rails allows pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians to enjoy the corridor too. With both in place, trains can also transport trail users to and from remote trail locations, making even more of the corridor available to more people.
Promoting tourism and economic development
The Placerville Branch corridor is a regional treasure that has enormous potential to grow our local economy by attracting visitors to our area. The railroad serves as a gateway to California’s Gold Country and also creates unique opportunities for local business partnerships like wine tasting trains.
Excursion trains produce revenue that funds equipment restoration and maintenance, operation costs, and ongoing improvements to the line without any funding from local government. Because we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all profits are reinvested into the railroad and the community.
Helping local communities
Bringing visitors to lineside communities helps support local fundraising efforts and business development.