Monday, July 25, 2011

The railroad extends a hearty thank you to our new supporters. We've received 25 new "likes" on the Facebook page in the last two weeks. You can support the railroad in two additional ways:
  1. Join the El Dorado Western Railway Foundation. Membership is $35 per year for an individual. Please mail a check or money order to EDWRF, PO Box 3517, Diamond Springs, CA, 95619. More membership options are available in the left column.

  2. Come out and ride the train each Sunday through September 18. Trains leave the depot in historic El Dorado, California, on the hour and on the half-hour between noon and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Under 5 boards for free.
With your continued support, the railroad will realize its goal of completing the El Dorado County Historical Railroad Park and finishing the Diamond and Caldor No. 4 Shay geared locomotive, along with other rolling stock and locomotives.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Davey "Doc" Wiser's railroad story

Conductor Davey "Doc" Wise tells his story as he operates the El Dorado Western Railroad No. 602 Fairmont gang car. Davey recently retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after 40 years service with the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. He currently volunteers with the El Dorado Western Railroad.

The railroad gave train rides to the public on Sunday, June 17, 2011, on the Southern Pacific Placerville Branch rail line. For this run, crews hitched the railroad's Kalamazoo Model 57 speeder to the Fairmont.

Join us for train rides each Sunday

You are invited to join the El Dorado Western each Sunday this summer through September 18, 2011. The train leaves the depot in the historic town of El Dorado, California on the hour and on the half-hour. The first run departs the depot at noon, with the last run at 4 p.m. Join the El Dorado Western as we re-create an important piece of El Dorado County history.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank you for letting the whistle blow in Historic El Dorado

Sunday, June 26, 2011, was a memorable day for all who experienced some good old-fashioned fun along with helping to support the El Dorado Western Railroad. Many activities kept everyone busy; a vintage car show, craft faire, train and stagecoach rides, great food and an ice cream social. Events do not happen without a lot of monetary and public support, countless volunteer hours, materials and labor, and general participation.

The El Dorado Western Railroad, and Historic El Dorado, wholeheartedly wish to thank:

  • Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad

  • El Dorado Western Railway Foundation & crew

  • Around Here Magazine ~ Linda McIntosh

  • Bob & Monica Billingsley

  • Brookshire Gardens ~ Kurt Sommerdyke & Nina Davidson

  • CertainTeed Corporation

  • Charles Kelley, Sr.

  • Davey “Doc” Wiser & crew

  • Diamond Crane ~ Tom Anderson

  • Diamond Springs Ace Hardware

  • Diamond Springs Printing

  • Doug Veercamp General Engineering

  • Eagle Truck & Auto

  • Ed Hagen, Sheryl Ladner-Hagen and crew

  • El Dorado Grocery

  • George Peabody

  • George’s Pit Stop ~ George & Evelyn Turnboo

  • Hartwick House ~ Gail Hartwick, Event Chair

  • HKR Promotions ~ Kelly and Heather Roberts

  • Karen Morse

  • Marsha Steward & Family ~ on behalf of Anne Steward

  • Minuteman Press ~ John Zachary

  • Richard & Ellie Harrington

  • Strauss Food Service ~ Jim Strauss & Kathy Hartshorn

  • Terri Baer

  • The Barn ~ ReneĆ© Hargrove, Dave Thomson, Jean & Max Frigault

  • The Buckboard Bunch

  • The Mountain Democrat ~ Mimi Escabar

  • The Windfall ~ Robert & Tina Henderson

  • Tim Bordges

  • Various print and online publications

  • Wilkinson Portables

  • Williams Polaris
If anyone was accidentally left out, please know that this successful fundraising event could not have happened without you!

To find out about Historic El Dorado and events, visit

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Steam gauge wallpaper for android cell phones

Here's a great wallpaper for your android cell phone. Steam Gauge Live-Wallpaper shows battery level on the backhead of a steam locomotive. The steam pressure gauge gives you the current battery charge on your phone. One-hundred percent represents a full charge. An annimated steam leak plays behind one of the valves.