Placer County has a rich history with roots stemming back to the Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.

A new book, titled Railroads of Placer County, dives into 14 different railroads that either existed at one point or are still around today in Placer County. The 128-page historical book, which is slated to be released on Jan. 15, provides readers with a visual history of the many rail lines that have operated in the area.

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“There were narrow-gauge and standard-gauge, long transcontinental, and short point-to-point railroads. Some railroads were fully contained within the county, and others just touched the county. Some railroads were short-lived operations, while others operated for decades. One railroad still functions today, undiminished after 150 years in service.”

The two authors of Railroads of Placer County (Arthur Sommers and Roger Staab) both have deep connections to the area. Sommers has a large collection of Placer County photos and Staab is the editor for the Placer-Sierra Railroad Heritage Society’s monthly newsletter.

The book is currently available for pre-order and costs $21.99.

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Placer County’s history is just another reason why we love to live here!

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