Support the preservation of California’s rich railroad heritage.

Help us extend our train ride

We’ve spent years bringing the historic Placerville Branch back to life after Southern Pacific ended operations in 1986. Our volunteers have reactivated 7 miles of track from downtown Folsom to White Rock, but we still have many more miles to repair to bring diesel trains back to the picturesque Sierra Nevada foothills.

Our next goal is to upgrade 1 additional mile of track to allow trains to run to the El Dorado County line, doubling the length of our current train ride.

To accomplish this, we need to replace about 150 ties between White Rock and the county line, and we’ve already replaced over 77 so far in 2017!

We need your support, so please make your tax-deductible gift today.

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Other ways you can help

Please contact us if you can donate any of the following items.

Office Equipment

  • Photocopier

Track Materials

  • Ties
  • Spikes
  • Ballast


The Placerville Branch is long, so we need track machines to improve the efficiency of our track restoration and maintenance efforts.  We are currently looking to acquire the following machines:

  • Tamper
  • Tie crane
  • Spiker
  • Rail lifter


  • Ballast hopper
  • Side dump car


We are looking to expand our train capacity, and we need a locomotive that’s larger than Howard Terminal #8. Our ideal locomotive would have:

  • 4 axles
  • 1000+ HP
  • Dynamic brakes
  • Roller bearing trucks
  • EMD 567C or later engine
  • Southern Pacific heritage, especially from the Sacramento area