Ethan Doty and thirty other volunteers are working to lay new ties and track between Folsom and Shingle Springs.
He is operating the Howard Terminal Engine today because it is big enough to carry the tools, ties, and track down the line to the next section the group will rebuild.
Railroad President Philip Rose says while they rebuild the track to hold the big engines and cars, they are giving tours twice a month on a smaller engine called a Skagit…with plans for a Christmas line using the big engine.
PHILLIP ROSE: "Run Christmas trains on a short two-mile stretch of rejuvenated track this year.. That will create revenue for us to continue to develop the railroad…to improve the railroad."
Rose says they hope to have track laid and trains running to Shingle Springs by 2015…That is the 150th anniversary of the opening of the original line.