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Foothill Rails--El Dorado Western
El Dorado Western RR
(El Dorado County Historical Railroad Park)

The El Dorado Co Historical Museum is currently in the process of establishing a railroad park in El Dorado,CA on a section of the old Southern Pacific Placerville Branch. Work is ongoing to rehabilitate the line for future train rides. Currently the territory extends from Mother Lode Drive to Missouri Flat Rd. Eventually more structures and trackwork will be added. Additionally it is hoped to dual guage the line and bring over their narrow guage equipment collection from Placerville and extend operations to Shingle Springs. This page will continue to grow as events unfold.

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1. Before and after placement photos of the new replica depot that has been constructed.
2. El Dorado Western Railroad #1 at El Dorado,CA. Loco is Plymouth model JDT, serial #5634, built 1952.
3. Flatcar MW1003 is being used for alot of the work. Car is ex US Army #35582.
4. Speeder #602, the Peabody, is ex Richmond Pacific. (Steve Karoly image)
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5. Ex Southern Pacific caboose #1094. (Steve Karoly image)
6. 45 Tonner #5104 sits at Shingle Springs awaiting repairs to make her operational.
7. Camino Placerville & Lake Tahoe caboose #2 under restoration at Shingle Springs,CA for excursion serice.
8. Southern Pacific caboose #1188 on display at Shingle Springs,CA awaiting repairs for excursion service.

Locomotive Roster

Number Type Builder Bldr.# Built History & Notes Dispositon
#1 JDT Plymouth #5634 1952 ex Certainteed Products,
nee California Rock & Gravel
#5104 45ton GE #18035 1943 ex Cemex,
ex Lone Star Products,
nee Pacific Coast Aggregates #5104
#881-002 65ton GE #13156 9/1941 ex CTRC/PLA,
ex Kaiser Permanente Cement #881-002

May of 2023 saw locomotive 881-002 arrive. Check out this Youtube video, El Dorado Western 65 Ton GE of it being unloaded.

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