September 2, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Trains will roll again on a long-unused section of track in the hills of Sacramento County, under a plan pushed by Folsom rail enthusiasts and approved by officials.
The Sacramento Bee says a weekend excursion train, pulled by a 44-ton diesel locomotive, will trundle on a section of the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad dating to 1856, billed as the oldest rail line west of the Rockies.
The trains will roll 3.5 miles to the south through open fields along the Sacramento and El Dorado county line before heading back. The rides will include commentary and could begin later this month.
Train buffs say they would like to extend the ride into the picturesque hills around Latrobe, and possibly to Shingle Springs, where the trains could link with an existing excursion line there.