The Placerville Branch - design and build 3

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 24, 2016 / comments

[by tomebe] An employee timetable was a great help in determining which and in what order stations could appear on my layout. In the case of the Placerville Branch, a 1937 SP employee timetable gave me all the station information I needed.  As shown, there were 21 scheduled station stops from Brighton at MP 94.7 to Placerville MP 148.7. Further there are 16 “additional stations” listed. Quite a combination of stations and flag stops to think about!

1897’s Wildflower Train Ride is the way to Celebrate Spring

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 28, 2016 / comments

Event Schedule:
2:30pm Wildflower Video Presentation
3:00pm Wildflower Train Ride

With spring in full bloom, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by Movie Star Locomotive Sierra No. 3.

While the park is open daily, special Wildflower Train rides are available on two Saturday afternoons — April 9 departs from the depot promptly at 3 p.m. April 16 is already sold out.

Then and now: Tahoe area rails 100+ years ago

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 08, 2016 / comments

[The lumber train operated in the 1800s in Lake Tahoe. Photo/Lake Tahoe Historical Society]

“The Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company (aka Lake Tahoe narrow gauge RR) went from Glenbrook on the Tahoe East Shore and ended at Spooner Summit where a giant log flume sent the lumber down to a mill south of Carson City. You can’t hike it from Glenbrook due to the gated golfing community, but you can access the right-of-way by hiking down toward Skunk Harbor,” Browne said.