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 historic trains.
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.
Helping local communities
Bringing visitors to our lineside communities helps support fundraising efforts.
Preserving California’s rich railroad history
We’ve spent years bringing the Placerville Branch back to life after Southern Pacific ended operations in 1986, and by running trains, we can fund our operations, restore vintage trains, and continue making improvements to the line while telling the story of railroading during the Gold Rush era.