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TRAIN RIDES! Shingle Springs, CA

Found this today on the way back to Tahoe from Woodland. This is being operated by the railroad museum group from the town of El Dorado, south of HWY 50 on Missouri Flat Rd. I'm guessing the round trip would be several miles. This is the line that went all the way up to the lumber mill at Camino through Placerville.

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Comment by Bob Burns on April 22, 2012 at 4:15pm

Chad

      I moved to Tahoe in 1972 and I still remember trains crossing ( there were 2 crossings) HWY 50 East of "Pville" and running along side the Hwy in town. I once saw a photo of that area where the SP Caboose sits in Pville next to the Hwy, there used to be a steam locomotive on static display there also, but I don't recall ever seeing it in person.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on April 22, 2012 at 9:58am

I've hiked that track many times, most of the crossings are paved over, or lack grade crossing markers of any sort. The line was abandoned I want to say in the late 70's, because my grandparents moved up there in the 80's and said they never saw any trains of any sort until lately with the museum bringing in their MOW equipment. 

Comment by Bob Burns on April 20, 2012 at 6:42pm

Chad,

    No rush on the email reply, just wanted to be sure it didn't go off into cyber space!  So that road must have been one that cuts over to HWY 50 from Mother Lode Drive I guess. I never noticed a RR crossing of either of those roads, only the gated crossing at Diamond Springs. Guess i have to pay more attention in my wanderings!

Bob B.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on April 20, 2012 at 2:57pm

Bob we were just north of the Shingle Springs depot, and went about (a guestimate) of 2 miles before the line was cut off and paved over. 

I have not been able to respond to your email due to being jam packed with FD and school, but I'll get to it in the next couple days.

Thanks!

Chad

Comment by Bob Burns on April 20, 2012 at 11:01am

Chad,

     Nice video, do you remember what road that was, doesn't look like Mother Lode Drive, farther up towards El Dorado perhaps? Do you know what rolling stock they are using for the train rides. I know they are restoring a steam locomotive but don't think it's running yet. They also inherited a Plymouth locomtive used down at the Port of Sacramento years ago. Too bad they can't go all the way to Folsom, or can they? I think they can get to HWY 50 at Scott Rd but north of that I think some of the track has been removed or paved over. I pulled into the Card Lock Fuel station across the street from the Shingle Springs Depot about 3 years ago this month and there was a large group of speeders just getting ready to head from Shingle to El Dorado. I was going to Woodland after attending the ATHS antique car and truck show at Plymouth (a couple hundred cars and trucks) and just happened to route myself through Shingle to get fuel. That antique vehicle show will happen again this April 28-29 in Plymouth. You never know what you are going to find traveling the back roads! We were just at Nevada City Narrow Gauge RR "Never Come Never Go RR" museum last week small but they actually have some rolling stock, under restoration,  used up here in Tahoe. Sad part is they have no chance of really going anywhere as they are landlocked. When the ROW was abandoned it reverted back to the adjacent landowners and is now lost. :-(

Chad did you get that email I sent you a week or so ago?

 

Bob B.

   

Comment by Chad Gustafson on April 19, 2012 at 8:49pm

Yessir, that blue locomotive is what my profile picture is taken in;) One of my good family friends is director of this mueseum, theyre restoring part of the old SP branch. I used to have some videos of a speeder run we went on on their line...check it out. www.youtube.com/railrider51

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