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Explore Truckee’s logging railroad archeology

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Join the 2012 Summer Trestle Tour presented by Truckee Donner Historical Society and the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, Saturday, Aug. 18. Meet at Truckee Railroad Museum next to the historic train depot in downtown Truckee, 10075 Donner Pass Road at 10 a.m.

Did you know there had been four logging railroads north of Boca reservoir? See the traces of the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company, Boca and Loyalton, and the Verdi Lumber Company logging railroads. 

Nelson Van Gundy, board member of TDRS, will show the remaining vestiges of these railroads including the old locomotive shops at Hobart Mills, the trestles of the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company railroad and the ice houses of the Boca and Loyalton railroad.

Hiking gear is recommended: Good boots or hiking shoes are a minimum. This is a backwoods adventure, so come dressed comfortably and prepared for an expedition. You will hike a couple of miles [broken into smaller segments], and the trip will cover 40-50 miles of paved highway, USFS system roads, some 4-wheel-drive trails, and old railroad roadbed.

Cameras are recommended. This trip usually takes from 4-6 hours, depending on road and trail conditions, questions, photo opportunities, debates, wildflowers, serendipitous finds, etc., and is never the same twice. You will never be more than 30 miles from Truckee.

Visit truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com and truckeehistory.org.

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