Amador Central Railroad was hit hard by the mega storms that have been coming our way this winter and the railroad has experienced a severe landslide causing half of our railroad to be shut down for safety reasons. We are in dire need of funding/donations to help with the cost of repairing the slide so that the railroad can once again function in its entirety. If you would like to help out, please send your donation to:
Grant Vogel, President RRCHS
PO Box 855
Ione, Ca 95640
Ione Rail Fair 2014 Video By: Larry Angier
Welcome to the Recreational Railroad Coalition Historical Society website.
Recreational Railroad Coalition Historical Society, a 501 C3, ID # 20-5605660, was founded with the preservation of old railroads as their primary goal with a secondary goal of using the railroads preserved for educational, and recreational railroad activities. To this end we were very fortunate to be able to lease the old Amador Central Railroad operated by Sierra Pacific Industries for several years during which time we maintained the rails, signals, and even reinstalled the back leg of the wye which had been removed many years prior. We developed an annual event called the Ione Rail Fair to make the money necessary to keep these old rails active not with regular train service but using vintage railroad maintenance of way equipment called motorcars. We also operated the Linden branch of the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad for several years. In 2010, Sierra Pacific Industries offered to sell the railroad to RRCHS and the Amador County Historical Society for one dollar. Both organizations saw the opportunity to join forces and preserve these historic and scenic rails for the future generations of Amador County residents and all those that come up to ride and see the magnificent scenery of this (now) 10 mile railroad.
Each year over Memorial Day weekend we put on the Rail Fair which features rides on the rails, many exhibits including model railroads, antique cars, trucks, and gas engines as well as vendors and other activities. RRCHS is an all volunteer group with a membership that continues to grow. It is governed by a Board of Directors who oversee its operation. If you wish to join us please complete the application that can be found HERE and send it along with your dues to our membership secretary. Come up and see us at work on our railroad along with our partners the ACHS.