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Preserve the railroad

By From page A5 | October 15, 2012

EDITOR:

I wonder how many people realize how two or three men sitting on the Board of Supervisors, namely Nutting, Knight and Briggs, can have the power to do so much damage to the historic sites in El Dorado County! Our railroad, which runs through El Dorado and Sacramento Counties, is in danger of being ripped up, thanks to these three men. This railroad was the first railroad west of the Mississippi and should be preserved. Mr. Nutting has claimed to my face that he is in favor of the railroad, yet has voted every single time against keeping our railroad intact. He even has the nerve to wear the Western Railroad t-shirt out in public to show people he’s for the railroad. We are for the entire railroad, not just the section up where he lives.

The thing that is the saddest for me is that there was a washout on the rail a few years ago and the volunteers got an estimate of $100,000 to repair it. A group of the volunteers, headed by John Haverty, went to work and repaired that whole section of the railroad. They dug deep into their pockets to pay for it and it didn’t cost the County one cent. At one of the recent Board of Supervisors meetings, the board was asked for permission to ride the train down to Latrobe and back. They were denied — twice! Now, after all the money the workers paid out, and all the labor that went into fixing the washout, now they can’t even ride the train over what they fixed. Every person in El Dorado County should know what these three men did to our historic railroad.

Last weekend we had a “Rail Fest” and for the entire weekend, the train went back and forth fully loaded with people anxious to ride, going just down to the County line and back. People who heard our story were furious when they heard about it. Maybe now we can do something to stop these three men from doing what they are doing.

ELINOR RETALLACK
El Dorado Hills

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