Our Railroad Today

Since the Placerville Branch saw commercial rail stop in the late 1980s, a number of interesting things have occurred. Here are a few of those events.

  • 1986

    Southern Pacific ends operations on the 'Placerville Branch'

  • 1992

    The Folsom, El Dorado, and Sacramento Historical Railroad Association (FEDSHRA) begins the annual 'Folsom Handcar Derby'

    1993

    Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority (SPTC-JPA) formed for the purpose of purchasing the Placerville Branch Rail Corridor between Sacramento and Diamond Springs

    1995

    FEDSHRA incorporates as a 501(c)3 organization

    1996

    SPTC-JPA finalizes the purchase of the Placerville Branch Rail Corridor

  • 2002

    FEDSHRA rolls out the newly restored Weyerhaeuser Skagit #30 Motorcar

    2005

    SPTC-JPA member Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) opens light rail service to Folsom, which is referred to as 'the Gold Line'

    2008

    Placerville and Sacramento Valley Rail Road (P&SVRR) created in response to Request for Proposal by the SPTC-JPA for an Excursion Railroad Operator on the Placerville Branch

  • September 2010

    First 'Folsom Rail Fest' held, with special equipment brought in thanks to SacRT; event was a great success and considered as a possible annual event

    December 2010

    First Holiday Train special event; event a big hit with the public (more riders turned out than were rides available!)

  • March 2011

    'Latrobe Washout Repair' approved; major effort for rail repair in hopes of providing excursion rail from Folsom to Latrobe

    April 2011

    Public rides officially started; P&SVRR dedicated website goes online

    May 2011

    Niles Canyon Trip - fundraiser for the P&SVRR; Sacramento County and City of Folsom both ratify P&SVRR 5-year operating license; 'Latrobe Washout Repair' completed making excursion rail from Folsom to Latrobe possible

    June 2011

    P&SVRR provides manpower and equipment for El Dorado Western Railroad (EDWRR) fundraiser

    July 2011

    First passenger service from Folsom to Latrobe since 1957

    September 2011

    Second annual Folsom Rail Fest

  • January 2012

    Igor Glenn concert benefitting the P&SVRR

    April 2012

    P&SVRR begins a second season of operation

 


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