January 27, 2010

Original Speeder Shed at Folsom Junction Being Restored

Years back the city of Folsom had taken a bull dozer and moved the speeder shed away from its original position to make room for a security fence.  The shed had been built by section men of the Southern Pacific RR to house a speeder and MOW equipment. Tuesday January 26th some of the Feds crew began the restoration of the historic shed at the wye (MP111). The shed will be moved back to its original position  at the West leg of the wye. Pictured at work are Hank Styles, John Haverty, and Bradley Smith. Not shown are Don Lee and Frank Fuson.  (Pictures and text thanks to Frank Fuson)

January 20, 2010

New Critter Comes To Folsom

Recently acquired loco is now in Folsom with the PSVRR.  It is in good running condition but is in need of some clutch adjustment.  This engine spent a majority of its life at the Sacramento Port.  (Pictures by Joe Mayer)

Howard Terminal Loco and Frank Fuson

January 13, 2010

Placerville, Sacramento Valley Railroad, a 'Catalyst'

Work being done on switch at MP111-FOLSOM JUNCTION(Photo by Joe Mayer)

By Philip Sanders Rose

The Sacramento Valley Railroad from Sacramento to Folsom was the first railroad west of the Mississippi. The first train ran in February 1856.  The route toward Placerville was originally to be part of the first transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada range. It never made it!

The Folsom, El Dorado & Sacramento Historical Railroad Association is establishing an excursion train operation on the scenic line toward Placerville, a community trolley linking highway 50 at Folsom Point with Folsom Historic District, and an interactive educational 'rail themed park' at the Folsom Junction 'Wye'. 

"Our mission is to protect, preserve and develop the Folsom - Placerville railroad right-of-way, and to celebrate its legacy through the creation and operation of a sustainable community railroad for the benefit, use, education and enjoyment of the general public." 

The trolley will be a sustainable Community asset and link hotels, highway 50, Broadstone, Folsom Lake College, medical facilities, Bidwell St. (rail themed park), and Historic Folsom Depot and the attractions of the historic district.

Adaptation of the current bus services will offer far greater public transport coverage for the residents of Folsom and as such, an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to the automobile.  The excursion rail operation will connect with the trolley at Folsom Point and head to Latrobe and then up to Shingle Springs and El Dorado town were there is the potential to create 'destinations,' link up with a proposed logging railroad center, also to coordinate with cycle paths and trails, giving greater access and options for both residents and visitors.

Special events will create excellent marketing opportunities for the wider area from 'Thomas' style events through staged train robberies to wine trains or even sake trains.

The list of possibilities is virtually endless.

The railroad development is a catalyst that will confirm the unique nature of Folsom as a Gateway from the Sierra to the Modern World, and create new tourism development opportunities for western El Dorado County, bringing improved marketing exposure for Folsom, Western El Dorado County and the Economic 50 corridor, bolstering the economy and creating a 'must see' destination for visitors to California.

We are actively seeking even more partnerships to help achieve this exciting goal.

January 06, 2010

Work Begins On Latrobe Creek Washout

January 5th we pulled the rail down the hill and cleared all of the dead ties from the right of way in preparation of the rebuilding of the Latrobe creek wash out.

Pictures by Frank Fuson

(John Haverty pulling the high railer through to the wash out.)

(Ralph Cameron and Brad Smith picking up spikes and tie plates.)

(Hank Stiles and Bo Grebitus loading ties on the forks.)

(Carl Curtis helping Hank and Bo load ties.)