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Amador Central Railroad

Amador Central Railroad


Deborah Coleen Cook



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Arcadia Publishing

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200 Black and White




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Resting in the community park in Ione, California, is old No. 7, affectionately known as “Iron Ivan,” the last steam engine that served on the Amador Central Railroad. At the southern edge of town, one can glimpse the rails it once rode. Built in 1904, the Amador Central Railroad—a 12-mile, standard-gauge short line that snakes its way through the Sierra Nevada foothills from Ione to Martell—served both passengers and freighters for a century until 2004. It was said to be the slowest line in California, with over 75 curves and a grade of four percent in some places. In 2010, Sierra Pacific Industries sold the railroad to a nonprofit consortium to preserve the historic line.

Author Bio: Historical archaeologist and former Amador County archivist Deborah Coleen Cook presents here a unique group of images from the railroad and county archival materials, taking the reader on a journey through the history of the line. Cook serves as a board member on the nonprofit management committee that recently acquired the Amador
Central Railroad. The Images of Rail series celebrates the history of rail, trolley, streetcar, and subway transportation across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the people, places, and events that helped revolutionize transportation and commerce in 19th- and 20th-century America. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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