Advocate

Help us bring trains back to El Dorado County.

Sugar Loaf Mountain provides breathtaking views, but El Dorado County does not allow us to operate excursions to this location.

Our vision for Southern Pacific Railroad’s historic Placerville Branch includes world-class train excursions and multi-use trails on its entirety, but El Dorado County doesn’t currently allow us to operate trains on any part of the branch in the county.

Scenic views abound for this motorcar excursion at Deer Creek Bridge, but El Dorado County doesn’t allow us to operate trains here.

To unlock the line’s full potential, we need your help to bring trains back to El Dorado County.

Current operations

P&SVRR motorcar excursions operate between the county line and Latrobe on the west end of the line, and El Dorado Western motorcar excursions operate between Shingle Springs and El Dorado, but trains are not allowed anywhere in El Dorado County.

We currently operate trains between Folsom and the El Dorado County line regularly, but in El Dorado County, we are only allowed to operate occasional motorcar trips to Latrobe with special permission each time.

El Dorado Western Railroad (EDWR), which is operated by El Dorado County as part of the El Dorado County Historical Museum, regularly operates motorcars between Shingle Springs and El Dorado.

But, neither EDWR nor P&SVRR is allowed to operate excursions between Latrobe and Shingle Springs, a portion of the line with many spectacular vistas, including Sugar Loaf Mountain. And, trains are not allowed anywhere on the line in El Dorado County.

We need your help!

We’re ready to bring trains back to El Dorado County, but we need your help!

The Placerville Branch is a regional treasure that has enormous potential as a scenic heritage railroad. Our dedicated volunteers have spent many years bringing the branch back to life after Southern Pacific ended operations in 1986, and we have been operating trains on the branch successfully since 2013, but we need your help to continue making progress towards achieving our vision of excursion trains and trails along the entirety of the line.

Our current agreement to operate excursions on the line expires in February 2018, a few months before our 10th anniversary. Our goal is to reach a new agreement with SPTC-JPA (of which El Dorado County is a member) by then that will allow us to begin running trains in El Dorado County.

How you can help

Tell your county supervisor

Your input matters!

Contact your El Dorado County Supervisor(s), and tell them you support P&SVRR trains running in the county. Here’s a sample email you can copy and paste:

I support the operation of full-size Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad trains on the Placerville Branch in El Dorado County. Please allow P&SVRR to continue preserving California’s rich railroad history by maintaining the line and operating full-size trains in El Dorado County.

Not sure which district you’re in? Find your district on the El Dorado County District Map.

Attend county meetings

Your presence makes a difference!

On May 10, 2016, a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors of El Dorado County was held to decide whether to continue allowing P&SVRR to run motorcars to Latrobe in 2016 as we had done successfully for the previous five years.

Thankfully, after public comment by outspoken P&SVRR supporters, the board voted unanimously to allow P&SVRR to continue operating motorcar excursions to Latrobe. Your presence and support at key meetings is essential to our success.

You can find upcoming meeting schedules here:

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