Starting at midnight on May 3rd through May 4th 3pm, the Sacramento region will come together for one BIG Day of Giving - a giving challenge that lifts up lives and makes this the place we call home. In its third year, the BIG Day of Giving has raised nearly $9 million for nonprofits serving our region. Join our community for a celebration of philanthropy and put your money where your heart is! Please remember our organization when you are giving. Above photo artwork by Erik Almas
The Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad organization is the operator for our Public rides and rail rollingstock use. Please see their website for train schedules and updates - Click Here for the PSVRR.org website.
Come visit us to learn about the first railroad west of the Rockies, the folks who built it, and how the railroad helped to create the California we know today.
The Sacramento Valley Railroad originally ran from Sacramento to Folsom and opened for business in 1856, followed soon after by an extension from Folsom to Latrobe and Placerville in El Dorado County.
The Placerville Branch of the Southern Pacific Lines last saw commercial trains over 30 years ago. While the Folsom - Sacramento section has become the Regional Transit ‘Gold Line,’ the right of way between Folsom and Placerville remains protected and is owned by a ‘Joint Powers Authority.’
Rail enthusiasts are working with the ‘JPA’ & El Dorado County and are looking to create an educational and recreational community railroad on a section of the line between Historic Folsom and Shingle Springs.
Our railroad museum is located by the Folsom Train Depot on the railroad block in Historic Folsom.
The site also boasts a reconstruction of an ‘A’ frame or ‘gallows’ type ‘turntable’ used to turn locomotives, originally erected in 1867.
The Folsom Railroad Museum is open Saturdays & Sundays 11 am to 4 pm, 198 Wool St., Folsom.
The P&SVRR organization currently operates our beautifully restored ‘Skagit’ motor vehicle and our Howard Terminal Whitecomb diesel locomotive on a section of the Placerville Branch line for the public, while FEDS volunteers are engaged in a variety of restoration projects, as well as working with the P&SVRR to maintain and improve the condition of the track along the route.
Restoration operations are conducted from our storage facility at the ‘Wye’ - junction of the original Sacramento Valley Railroad and the Placerville Branch line, a 5 to 10 minute walk from Historic Folsom though not normally open to the public.
FEDSHRA organizes the annual Folsom Handcar Derby - Great fun for all the family! Look for the 2016 Handcar Derby Race in April/May.
For more information on events, volunteering or riding the Skagit please contact us!
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