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Once again, it's been some time since I've written a blog. For that matter it had been some time since I'd gotten out to railfan. Life, the loss of my old computer, and work updating my newest site, CLASS III Shortlines, have kept me away for a bit. No worries, the stuff I lost on that pc is totally recoverable and much will make up future Foothill Rails updates when I get
Updated September 20th, 2014 at 02:40 AM by John Barnhill
Thursday, 08 August 2013 21:01
All aboard, Historic Ione Train Depot rides the rails
On Thursday, on or about the noon hour, August 8, 2013, the City of Ione will be moving history. After living at its current location for just over 135-years, the historic Ione Depot departs from its old home to start a new life. Preservation of the historic icon started May 2010 with the exchange of $1 between Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Ione. It continues tomorrow with
Thursday, 16 August 2012 20:49 Martell Amador Central Railroad Depot sees the “end of the line” with demolition by owner SPI
Amador County – Amador County Historical Society president Thornton Consolo said it was the “end of the line” starting Friday for the 107-year-old Amador Central Railroad Depot in Martell.
Consolo said the demolition began the morning of Friday, Aug. 8 with five workers disassembling the building “so as to salvage as much lumber from
Engines fire up for this weekend's Railroad Days
Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
Colfax Record, 10-04-12
Colfax continues to observe its railroad heritage this weekend when the community celebrates Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary during the annual Colfax Railroad Days, presented by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with local service organizations and businesses.
Railroad Days, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct.
Gus Thomson/Media Life
AUBURN CA - Things are going to get eerily historic soon on the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge.
Plans are to use some temporary railroad tracks to position a 30,000-pound, oil-fired steam engine on the span over the American River in the canyon near Auburn – something that hasn’t been seen since the early part of the last century.
But this particular steam engine isn’t just any old steam engine. It’s the last surviving locomotive from the days
As part of the 100th Anniversary of the Mountain Quarries RR, the sole survining locomotive will be returning to Auburn for display at a couple of the events lined up. Transportation, storage, and repairs/painting are basically nailed down. Hopefully we will have her ready for showing at the Confluence Festival in June at the American River Overlook in Auburn. The major goal is to have her on display on the Mountain Quarries Bridge for the Grand Finale celebration in September. All we need
Iconic Auburn-area bridge turns 100
Gus Thomson/Auburn Journal
AUBURN CA - Whatever you may want to call it, Placer County loves its Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge.
Painted, photographed and just plain admired, the span that some dare to call “No Hands Bridge” has reached the spry old age of 100, with plenty of structural stability left in its concrete-arch frame.
To celebrate the centennial of Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge (that’s the official name, although no
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Mountain Quarries RR near Auburn,CA. Several events are in the planning stages or being finalized. This will hopefully culminate in having the single remaining locomotive posed on the "No Hands" Bridge in September. Alot of work is to still to be done to make this happen and eventually many volunteers may be needed to get'r done. I will be posting updates and event schedules as we go.
As for now, for starters, there is an Art
Train museum facing derailment?
City officials say they don’t intend to ‘displace’ rail group
By Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
Don Chaddock / The Telegraph
Bill Anderson, president of the Folsom, El Dorado, Sacramento Historic Railroad Association, walks through the Folsom Railroad Museum he helps staff. The museum, housed in a passenger car, is slated to be moved from
Up first this morning was a trip to Nevada City. Dave Braun recently passed away and his ex West Side/Swayne Lumber caboose is now at the railroad museum. Definately gonna take some work but plans are to restore her to the as built Swayne Lumber condition. Also caught the guys having some fun in the shop building a soapbox derby car.
The Nevada Co Traction hasn't run in awhile and while visiting the area, I was able to give it a onceover as well. Re-shot all the motive power. Seems
Historic Folsom Station project is slowly coming together
- from http://www.sacbee.com
by Carlos Alcalá
firstname.lastname@example.org Published: Thursday, Apr. 7, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
In recent years, Folsom has seen development of river crossings, a light-rail extension, a new high school, a regional performing arts center and shopping venues galore.
Despite that passel of projects, Patrick Maxfield is most excited about what is still largely a hole in
Crane deposits locomotive
WORK CREWS steady a 22 ton Plymouth diesel locomotive as it is being lifted from a trailer onto the railroad tracks in the town of El Dorado Friday afternoon. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
It wasn’t wrapped, but the train engine that arrived in El Dorado on Friday, Dec. 17, might as well have had a big red ribbon on it.
Preservation groups buy historic Amador Central Railroad
By Matt Weiser
Published: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
The historic Amador Central Railroad, recently threatened with bulldozing, will remain open to recreational train travel following a sale to preservation groups.
Sierra Pacific Industries, a privately held logging company, agreed to sell the railroad to the Amador County Historical Society
Mark your calenders.
Survival of the historic SP Placerville Branch
July 07, 2010 04:50PM
The Placerville Branch from Folsom is owned by a JPA under rail banking legislation. Fedshra (Folsom, El Dorado Sacramento Historical Railroad Association) are trying to develop excursions and the El Dorado Western are developing a narrow gauge logging center on the upper part of the track to demonstrate its 3ft gauge Shay among other things.
May 19, 2010
Owner hopes to re-open shuttered train ride
By Kyle Magin
A train ride through Nevada City history is stuck in the depot while its owner strives to attain state-required certification.
In November 2008, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health notified owners of the Nevada County Traction Co. they had to stop running a historically themed train operating on the grounds of Nevada City's Northern Queen