Saturday, March 03, 2007

Caldor Train 'Rolls' Again at County Library

The El Dorado Western Railway Foundation announced today that the Diamond & Caldor No. 4 Shay locomotive will turn 100 years old this April.

Kicking off the celebration is a month-long exhibit at the El Dorado County Library. The exhibit reflects on the life of the locomotive as it has served the county these past 100 years.

"The No. 4 has become symbolic of El Dorado County’s early logging economy," said Keith Berry, vice-president of the foundation. "As we approach the locomotive’s birthday this April it is time we reflect on its contribution to the community."

The exhibit can be viewed during operating hours at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, until March 31, 2007. The exhibit takes you from the engine's early life as a narrow gauge steam-powered logging locomotive to a fairgrounds exhibit, and currently a restoration project.

The foundation is working in partnership with the County of El Dorado and the El Dorado County Historical Museum (104 Placerville Drive, Placerville, California) to develop a railroad and logging museum and educate the community about historic logging in El Dorado County.

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