Hello all: The El Dorado Western Railway, which will operate as the rail living history program for the El Dorado County (California) Historical Museum, took delivery of a 1952 Plymouth 22-ton Locomotive from CertainTeed Corp. in Chowchilla, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. Since the locomotive doesn't have a direct tie to county railroads, it will be lettered as the EDWR No. 1. Although the locomotive was once owned by a company that operated in E Dorado County, we don't believe it was ever located here. Please stay tuned for news of the EDWR. For those familiar with the Southern Pacific Placerville Branch rail line, the railway will operate between the El Dorado Wye at Mother Lode Rd. and end-of-track at Missouri Flat Rd., a section just under 4 miles in length. Our current operating projection calls for passengers runs over the Memorial Day holiday in 2011. You can follow progress at our blog at http://eldoradowestern.blogspot.com/. ====<<>>==== Here's the article in today's Mountain Democrat: Crane deposits locomotive By Roberta Long 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. The 22-ton Plymouth diesel locomotive is a gift from CertainTeed, in Chowchilla. Keith Berry, president of El Dorado Western Railway, said CertainTeed had owned the engine for over 30 years. “They were looking for a place to donate the engine where it would be taken care of.” In a sense the Plymouth is coming home to El Dorado County. At one time it was owned by American Rock & Gravel Co. in Cool. It was built by Plymouth Locomotive Works, a builder of small railroad locomotives in Plymouth, Ohio, in 1952. Continue reading.