As we were: Railroads always a big topic

By From page B2 | November 26, 2012

Deibert Ken


25 Years ago

Nov. 27, 1987

Board seeks RR company


Acquisition and control by El Dorado County of the 38.5 miles of track linking Folsom to Placerville might be a way to settle the on going controversy between El Dorado County and the Southern Pacific Transportation Co.

Southern Pacific wants to abandon the line, and Tuesday the county Board of Supervisors authorized a request for proposals (RFP) from companies interested in operating a short-line railroad on the Folsom to Placerville stretch …

There are already several parties interested in submitting proposals, Board Chairman Jack Sweeney said during discussion of the plan.

Southern Pacific officials have indicated, during recent discussions, that because they want to get rid of the Folsom to Placerville right of way, they would probably cooperate with a short line operation but they will not “facilitate it,” according to Sweeney …


60 Years ago

Nov. 27, 1952

Probe of Gasoline Use at Tahoe Camp Brings Board Flurry

Whether there is to be a further check into the use of 3,065 gallons of gasoline at El Dorado County Public Camp at Lake Tahoe during the past two years was left up it the air by the board of supervisors Monday following a report on the problem by Supervisor Andy Robertson.

Robertson, contending that a call by Auditor Bob Sheldon for investigation by the board was in effect an accusation based upon insufficient facts …

Sheldon had questioned use of 1,500 gallons in 1951 and 1565 in 1952 when the camp use of gasoline is primarily restricted to one truck.

But Robertson pointed out use of chain saws, and use of gasoline as a mixing solution for a type of paint used on logs used as road barriers had not been tabulated. He also said that there is possible pilferage involved since the camp has no metered tank and was for a while without adequate means to lock the gasoline supply …


120 Years ago

Nov. 26, 1892

Peary’s Expedition

Lieutenant Peary, who commanded the Kite on the expedition to Northern Greenland, is anxious to embark on another expedition, this time with the purpose of reaching the North Pole. He has already made application for leave of three years, and his application has been sanctioned by the Bureau of Yards and Docks, to which he is amenable. But from present indications, if Lieutenant Peary goes on the projected expedition, he will go as plain Mr. Peary and will have to relinquish his commission in the navy.

Commodore Farquar, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, in his annual report, called attention to the pressing need of the navy for an additional number of engineers to keep pace with the increasing construction of dry docks, the launching of ways, machine shops and other naval plants, and in view of this Secretary Tracy does not feel warranted in allowing one of the senior engineers, who already has been absent under leave pay for two years, to absent himself for three years more at the public expense.

Ken Deibert

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