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In the very near future, the Board of Supervisors will be deciding whether or not to allow limited excursion rail service to the town of Latrobe.
Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is asking to be allowed to resume the popular “Latrobe Breakfast Special.” This successful monthly excursion brought passengers, and financial support, to the pancake breakfast fundraiser held in Latrobe on the last Sunday of each month. This unique rail experience was suspended by a May 15, 2012 decision by the Board of Supervisors.
In the meantime, however, the county’s request for permission to remove the rails has been soundly rejected. An oversight committee has been formed to advise the supervisors on “the short term use of the segments of the entire corridor.” This committee includes not only trails representatives and property owners, but stakeholders from both principle railroad preservation groups in El Dorado County, Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad and El Dorado Western Railway Foundation. Both of these railroad groups continue to make progress in their respective programs, with very strong support from the community.
These changes, and many others, have created an opportunity to restore some balance to the many potential uses of this railroad corridor. The community of Latrobe strongly supports these special excursions. Many, if not most, of our dedicated P&SVRR volunteers are El Dorado County residents, with several living in the Latrobe area. I urge the community to attend all upcoming meetings regarding this issue, and voice your support for the Latrobe Breakfast Special.
The Parks and Recreation Commission will hear a presentation on the proposed excursions on Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Soon after, the Board of Supervisors will hear our presentation and make a decision. For information on these meetings and others, go to the County’s meeting calendar at eldorado.legistar.com/calendar.aspx
JAMES M. HARVILLE
President, Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad, Inc.