Contact The El Dorado County Supervisors!
Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation created in 2008, in response to a "Request For
Proposal for Excursion Rail Operator" issued by the Sacramento Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which owns
53 miles of the former Southern Pacific Railroad "Placerville Branch". This RFP called for the development of Excursion Railroad
Service on a 26 mile portion of the railroad between Folsom and Shingle Springs that was built during the Civil War. While an
initial 5 year operating license was being negotiated, a "Temporary Right of Entry" was issued to P&SVRR across the three affected
jurisdictions, (City of Folsom, Sacramento County, and El Dorado County), allowing P&SVRR to conduct minor maintenance and to launch
a limited pilot program.
Both City of Folsom and Sacramento County ratified the 5 Year Operating License on July 26th, 2011. El Dorado County, on the other hand,
voted to adopt the "Shingle Springs Compromise Plan". This plan was an agreement between the Rail Program of the
County Historical Museum and the local trails advocacy group Friends of El Dorado Trail. Under this plan the County Rail Program, known
as El Dorado Western Railroad, agreed to the removal of 17 miles of track between County Line and Shingle Springs, in exchange for the
preservation of just under 8 miles of track between Shingle Springs and Missouri Flat Road. This small remaining segment of the railroad
would be managed and developed by the County for limited excursion service, with a trail running parallel to the track, sacrificing the
remaining 17 miles for trail development only.
On Tuesday, May 15th 2012, by a narrow 3-2 margin, the El Dorado County Supervisors voted to deny P&SVRR's proposed operating license
for excursion rail service. They also chose not to renew the temporary right of entry, effectively
prohibiting P&SVRR from crossing the County Line, and barring us from taking you into El Dorado County (to
towns like Latrobe, and places like Sugar Loaf Vista, Lime Mine Gap, and the beautiful Marble Valley). Negotiations throughout 2012 failed
to sway the block of three Supervisors opposing the License, so the agreement was rewritten to include only the Folsom and Sacramento County
portions of the railroad. The revised 5 Year License went into effect February 1st, 2013.
Although losing access into El Dorado County was a setback for our Program, the political winds in El Dorado County were changing even
before the license went into effect!. As a result of the 2012
and 2014 elections, we now have a clean slate of Supervisors who have so far been more receptive to our Program. However, although
we have made limited progress in El Dorado County since 2012, our Program continues to be hamstrung by the actions of that
previous Board! We need YOUR support to help reverse the poorly considered policy decisions of 2011-2012! Please contact
ALL the current Supervisors, and let them know that you support P&SVRR's vision of Rails WITH Trails for the ENTIRE corridor,
not just a segment of it. Let them know that you would love to visit El Dorado County and enjoy all it has to offer, that you wish
to see it by rail, that you do NOT want to be stopped at the County Line, and that you want the Supervisors to Ratify the P&SVRR License!
Thank You for Your Support!!!
P.S. Be sure to copy our President on all correspondence with El Dorado County, so we can make sure your voice is heard! (Jim Harville -
email@example.com - 916-708-7368)
* The 2012 Elections introduced two new Supervisors to the Board. Ron "Mik" Mikulaco (District 1),
and Brian Veerkamp (District 3). Please tell these public servants how you feel about the Railroad!
** Shiva Frentzen became District 2 Supervisor after winning a Special Election held September
9th, 2014. Nearly 18 Miles of the Railroad runs through her District. Contact her TODAY!
*** Mike Ranalli (District 4), and Sue Novasel (District 5) won their seats in the regular election of 2014.
Both have a record of preserving El Dorado County's history and culture. Let's make sure that they do not compromise
that record by destroying the Railroad!
El Dorado County District Map
Contact The Commissioners!
The El Dorado Parks and Recreation Commission has consistently supported a Rails WITH Trails vision for the
ENTIRE corridor, as stated in their January 19th, 2012 motion supporting our effort to have El Dorado County
ratify our Operating License. We are grateful for the Commission's reasonable and balanced view of this
issue, but they need to hear from the public on a regular basis to offset the lobbying efforts of those trail
advocates who wish to destroy the railroad in favor of a trail. Please contact them TODAY and ask them to support the efforts of P&SVRR!
|El Dorado County Parks and Recreation Commissioners
|Parks Manager - Vickie Sanders
|District 1 Commissioner
- Josh Morgan
|District 2 Commissioner
- Charles Callahan
|District 3 Commissioner
- Kris Payne
|District 4 Commissioner
- John Arenz
|District 5 Commissioner
- Steve Yonkers
Attend Important Meetings!
During the Spring of 2013 the following Committees heard a proposal by P&SVRR to restore limited
rail access into El Dorado County, allowing us to resume our popular "Latrobe Breakfast Special". This
unique monthly excursion brings passengers into the El Dorado County town of Latrobe, to support the
pancake breakfast fundraiser held there the last Sunday of each month. This excursion, among others, was
suspended by the May 15th, 2012 action which is discussed at the top of this page. Thanks in large part
to those of you who were able to attend these meetings, ALL THREE votes were in our favor!
- El Dorado County Trails Advisory Committee - Monday, May 13th, 3pm.
- El Dorado County SPTC Oversight Committee - Monday, May 13th, 6pm.
- El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, May 16th, 10am.
Our proposal was then heard by the County Supervisors...
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, June 11th, 9am.
At that meeting the Supervisors voted 3-1 in favor of allowing us to offer the Latrobe Breakfast Special
in June and July on a trial basis.
On August 6th the Supervisors extended that permission through the end of 2013 with another
3-1 vote! Those events were a tremendous success, but our struggle was FAR from over!
Summary of the meetings that took place throughout 2014.
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - 2pm.
Supervisors heard a staff report on the status of the Rail Corridor. Members of the public joined
representatives of P&SVRR to speak loud and clear in support of regular excursions to Latrobe. Let's
make sure the trail is built ALONGSIDE the tracks, NOT over them!
- EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, March 20th, 2014 - 10am.
The Commission discussed the role of the Advisory Committees, and was under tremendous pressure
by trail advocates to disband the SPTC Oversight Committee, which was the ONLY committee
that included Railroad Stakeholders!
- EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 10am.
The Commission heard a presentation on the renewal of the Latrobe Breakfast Special, and once
again offered their unanimous support of our Program. Due to pressure from the trails crowd,
however, the Commisioners chose to only recommend another two month approval, giving the Commission
time to hold a Special Meeting on the Corridor to get a first hand look at the safety concerns
expressed by the trails advocates. P&SVRR supported that decision, as we have been eager for the
Commission to get that kind of "Boots on the Ground" perspective on this issue.
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - 9am
The Supervisors heard the recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Commission regarding the
reinstatement of the Latrobe Breakfast Special, and approved not two, but three months for the LBS,
in order to give the Commission plenty of time to come back with their findings!
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 - 9am
The Supervisors voted to dissolve the SPTC-Oversight Committee, as well as the Trails Advisory
Committee, in favor of a more flexible Ad-Hoc committee policy. Ultimately, P&SVRR supported this
change, as it promises to allow us to more actively engage our Policy Makers!
- EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 1pm.
The Commission held a Special Meeting, which adjourned to the Rail Corridor at 3pm for a first hand
look at the alleged safety issues constantly being claimed by certain trail advocates. The
Commissioners came away very impressed by the safe interaction of rail equipment and trail
- EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, June 19th, 2014 - 10am.
The Commission once again voted unanimously to approve the Latrobe Breakfast Special!
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - 9am
After several scheduling/communication conflicts which prevented this item from getting on an
earlier agenda (and which prevented us from offering the Latrobe Breakfast Special in July), the
Supervisors finally heard the favorable recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Commission
to approve the Latrobe Breakfast Special through the end of 2014. In an indication of the progress
we have made in El Dorado County, this item passed on the Consent Calendar with no objection or
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - 9am
The Supervisors heard the following two important requests from P&SVRR:
"Chief Administrative Office, Parks Division, recommending the Board consider the following requests
from the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Rail Road: 1) Grant rail access to Latrobe Road through
a Special Use Permit for the 5th Annual Railroad Festival Event to be held on Saturday, September
27, 2014 (9 a.m. through 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 28, 2014 (9 a.m. through 4 p.m.); and 2)
Grant rail access for Motorcar Operators West to Latrobe Road through a Special Use Permit on
Saturday November 8, 2014 from (8 a.m. through 8 p.m.)."
Unfortunately, due to intense pressure from a handful of trail advocates, the Supervisors deadlocked
2-2 on these requests, and they were NOT approved! Please encourage everyone you know to attend
future meetings, as we continue to fight for a balanced Rails WITH Trails Policy on the
Summary of the meetings that took place throughout 2015.
- El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, January 15th - 3pm
The Commissioners were asked to consider approval for P&SVRR rail operations for the entire year.
--Again, PRESSURE FROM TRAILS ADVOCATES has caused the Commission to continue this item for
discussion, forcing the CANCELLATION of the February LATROBE BREAKFAST SPECIAL!
Please attend the next
Parks & Recreation Meeting and voice your support for the Railroad!--
- El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, February 19th - 3pm
Thanks to your support, the Commissioners have once again given P&SVRR a resounding recommendation to not only renew
the established and popular Latrobe Breakfast Special, but to also allow us to modestly expand our program in El Dorado
County for 2015! this item must now be approved by the County Supervisors.
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, March 24th - 2pm
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to attend this meeting! It makes a huge difference! At this meeting,
the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to renew the Latrobe Breakfast Special, and for that we are extremely grateful. The
balance of our request, however, has been postponed until after the 1st draft of the
SPTC Alternatives Analysis Study is
published in June. The Anti-Rail Activists are counting on this study to make an overwhelming case for the removal of the
rails, and your team at P&SVRR is fighting to make sure that study is accurate and balanced (these types of studies tend to
favor the spending of Tax Dollars, i.e. trails, over the work of Non-Profits, so we have our work cut out for us).
Thanks also to District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen for her efforts to secure a couple of interim dates while we await completion
of the Study, and to District 4 Supervisor Mike Ranalli for allowing his original motion for postponement to be amended. This
amended motion passed on a 5-0 vote. Watch our schedule for the "Summer Breeze Extra" coming June 6th and 7th!
Very soon, the Supervisors will decide the scope of our rail operations for the rest of the year, and perhaps the fate of
our entire program! Please continue to call and email the El Dorado County Supervisors, and help us show them that the
Public WANTS THE RAILROAD TO GROW!
- El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, August 20th - 3pm
Minutes Available Here
Please Attend these important meetings in 2016!
- District II Parks Survey Town Hall - Monday, March 14th, 2016 - 6:30pm.
Public Review of the recent District II Parks Survey. Unfortunately, there were no questions regarding the disposition or
development of the Railroad! Here is your chance to make your voice heard in support of P&SVRR!
Pioneer Park Community Center,
6740 Fair Play Road, Somerset, CA
- EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, March 17th, 2016 - 3pm.
The Commission will hear presentations from all stakeholders regarding the SPTC. The proposal by P&SVRR MUST get a positive
vote from the Commission in order to move forward to the County Supervisors for approval.
- El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 - 11am
Special Meeting in which the Supervisors will determine the fate of P&SVRR! This meeting, originally scheduled for April 26th,
is shaping up to be the most important challenge our program has faced since the dark days of 2011-2012! The forces that were
aligned against our program back then have returned, but this time we can be ready. Please put this date on your calendar, and
consider showing up in person to tell the Supervisors that you support P&SVRR! If you cannot attend this meeting, please follow
the instructions near the top of this page to send an email to the Supervisors and their Parks and Recreation Commissioners.
Don't forget to copy our President so we can make sure the County gets your message!!!
(Jim Harville - firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 will be another critical year for the railroad, with decisions being made that will impact not only the
short term survival of the railroad, but also our ability to develop the program to it's fullest potential.
Please get involved this year and help use defend this priceless historic treasure!
LET'S GET EL DORADO COUNTY BACK ON TRACK!!!
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