Our newest addition to our rolling stock arrives in Folsom. Shown above is our PacTiv Locomotive moving our newest acquisition from Fernley, NV onto the south leg of the Wye.
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 and Sacramento Valley RR last saw commercial trains more than 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’ and aim to create an educational and recreational community railroad on a section of the line between Historic Folsom and Placerville.
Our museum is located by the 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 Museum is currently closed due to construction on the Railroad Block, expected return in the Winter of 2012.
The P&SVRR currently operates our beautifully restored ‘Skagit’ motor vehicle on a section of the Placerville line for the public, and our volunteers are also 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 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 2013 Handcar Derby Race next May.
For more information on events, volunteering or riding the Skagit please contact us!
FEDSHRA is a 501(c) 3 recognized non profit organization.
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