Friday, February 06, 2009

An apple a day ...

As they say, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Barsotti Juice Company, one of dozens of Apple Hill growers in Camino, California, has spread its medicine around over the past three to four years.

The company, a family-owned operation that grows apples, pears and grapes and produces a line of fresh-squeezed fruit juices, has graciously donated several hundred pounds of scrap steel to the El Dorado Western Railway last month. In the past, the company has donated pallets and numerous fixtures for the engine house.

The railroad will use the steel in its renovation of several key pieces of rolling stock for the El Dorado Narrow Gauge Railroad Park in the Township of El Dorado. The donation will allow the railroad to shift its valuable financial resources toward the purchase of materials for the renovation of the Diamond and Caldor Shay No. 4 and Railbus No. 10.

Board member Bill Rodgers coordinated the donation for the railroad. Bill is a part-time maintenance employee at the Barsotti bottling plant.

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