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Lecture ‘Angels Branch of the Sierra Railway’ by Dave Connery

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Date(s) - 03/22/2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Angels Camp Museum


In early 1897, the Sierra Railway set out to build a railroad to Angels Camp and several other locations, not completing the line into Angels until September 1902. This talk will cover the motivation to build the railroad, and the physical, legal and competing economic issues that were overcome during its construction. Once completed, the railroad was one of the most exciting and scenic rides in all of North America, but never very profitable. Several tragedies occurred during their years of operation. The trains continued to travel the Mother Lode every day until the lines were abandoned in 1935. Historic photos of the railroad line, the unique equipment used and operations on the railroad will be used to illustrate the talk.

Cost: free for museum members, $10 non-members