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Moms get to ride 1914-era streetcar for free in Folsom on Mother's Day

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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FOLSOM CA - Warm days didn?t wilt spirits for the volunteers putting on Rail Daze Weekend Folsom. Located on the historic tracks behind Hampton Inn Suites at 155 Placerville Road, the Recreational Coalition Railroad Historical Society put on the rides as a way to educate the public on the importance of preserving the historic line. There is another one scheduled on Mother's Day, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mothers and grandmothers get to ride free. ?Our purpose is to protect and preserve historic rails,? said Larry Bowler, president of the group who put on the event. ?Our purpose on the Placerville Branch (of rail line) is the educate locals on the historical value of the railroad.? He said the group has 12 ?speeders,? setting them apart from other groups. They are based out of Elk Grove but draw volunteers from across Northern California and Nevada. ?The railroad needs to have events like this,? he said. The group offered a run on the historic streetcar as well as historic track inspection cars. This was their first official event in Folsom and they are planning another in Ione in two weeks. The historical society also acquired a line of track in Amador County. "We own the Amador Central Railroad," he said. "It's a 10-mile long railroad, much like this one (in Folsom)." For more information, call Kathryn Corbett at (916) 353-0556.