Saturday, August 30, 2008

Oriental crossing

Oriental crossing, originally uploaded by SeabeeCook.

You find your photos in the most unlikely places. This afternoon Keith Berry and I walked the ground at the old El Dorado Town train depot. We were trying to locate the exact location of the small freight and passenger depot, which was torn down years ago.

After we finished, Keith said that I needed to look at the new kiosk at the Oriental Street grade crossing. It seems Eagle Scout Clinton Bell of Troop 859 built the bulletin board and bench for his Eagle Scout project.

In the display, located on the El Dorado Trail, Clinton featured several historic images of the historic Southern Pacific Placerville Branch. He also included a brief description of El Dorado Western Railway's effort to restore the Diamond and Caldor Railway No. 4 and site a railroad park long the old SP right-of-way. My 2007 picture of the locomotive was used as the centerpiece of the write-up.

Thanks, Clinton, for your efforts.

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