Are you looking for a fun adventure in Northern California? Take a journey back in time with a scenic train ride along the El Dorado Western Railroad! Known as the oldest railroad line west of the Mississippi River, you’ll feel as if you’ve time-traveled to a previous era from the moment you climb aboard. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit and be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide for more tips about things to see and do in Gold Country!
History of the El Dorado Western Railroad
Constructed in the late-1800s, this now-famous railroad played a vital role in El Dorado County history. Originally, the rail lines were used to transport dairy and produce products out west to the area’s earliest settlers. As the years went on, the railroad was extended, stretching all the way from Shingle Springs to the Sacramento River and Placerville. By the 1900s, it became the main source of transportation for the booming lumber industry. Locomotives hauled logs to many of the area’s mills, which in turn made the area a thriving lumber community.
While the last train from Placerville departed in 1987, the railroad still offers fun and educational train rides on an ongoing basis. Visitors can climb into one of the original gang cars and enjoy an hour-long ride through the beautiful Northern California countryside. Whether you’re interested in Placerville, CA, history or just looking for a romantic way to spend the day with your sweetheart, a ride on the El Dorado Western Railroad is an absolute must!
About El Dorado Western Railroad Train Rides
Excursions on the railroad are offered by the El Dorado County Museum every Sunday year-round (weather permitting). Rides depart every hour on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. On first and third Sundays, visitors can board the train at the El Dorado Station. On second and fourth Sundays, the train departs from the historic Shingle Springs Train Station. There are also special two-hour “long runs” offered every fifth Sunday of the month. Due to high demand, seats are limited, so we recommend reserving tickets in advance! It’s also a good idea to check out the El Dorado Western Railroad on Facebook to see the latest train schedule before you go.
Book Your Stay at Eden Vale Inn
When it comes to accommodations in the area, no place compares to Eden Vale Inn! Our Placerville bed and breakfast is near all of the best museums, Gold Rush historic sites, and area attractions. After a fun day exploring the El Dorado Western Railroad, come kick back and relax in your spacious guest room. With a private flagstone patio and stunning views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada foothills, our Stone Pine room would be the perfect lodging option for your stay. Cozy up next to the fireplace, take a dip in your couple’s deep soaking tub, or snuggle up in your bed under luxurious linens. Once you visit, you may not ever want to leave!
During your stay at Eden Vale Inn, you can expect to start off each morning right with a delicious full breakfast and a cup of gourmet coffee. Get out and explore miles of hiking trails at one of the nearby state parks, embark on a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure down the South Fork of the American River, or sip your way through the area’s award-winning wineries. Then, come home to the inn and unwind with a Swedish massage or a hot stone therapy at our on-site spa. Make sure to take advantage of our current specials and packages and book your Northern California getaway today! We can’t wait to welcome you!