The Placer-Sierra Railroad Heritage Society (PSRHS) was formed to preserve and protect the history of the Donner Pass Route portion of the Transcontinental Railroad.  Please join us in our efforts and enjoy the website.

Colfax Caboose Grand Opening July 3

You are invited to join us at the July 3rd celebration in Colfax, CA. Activities will include a Grand Opening Ceremony for the newly refurbished wood-sided Colfax Caboose, which is located at the corner of Main and Grass Valley Streets near the railroad crossing. Come see the results of the volunteer efforts headed by Tony Hesch that have successfully “rescued” the caboose from its badly decayed condition. Hear about plans for interactive displays that will tell the story of the caboose in railroading history. The caboose will be open for tours during the day’s festivities.

Member Meeting June 22

The next PSRHS monthly meeting will be held Thursday, June 22nd, starting at 7:00pm.  PSRHS member Don Anderson will present a slide show of construction of the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge, 1969-73. Don was the Resident Engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation from start to finish of the bridge.  He was also consultant on the recent seismic retrofit of the Foresthill Bridge.  He will have handouts on the bridge specs and timeframe available at the meeting.

Our meetings are open to all who are interested.  See the Events tab for meeting location and directions.

Air Medical Response Benefit for Members

At our February meeting Sonja Conklin discussed the costs that may be incurred if you need air ambulance service, and how those costs are greatly reduced if you have membership in CALSTAR/REACH Air Medical Services. She offered the club the opportunity to apply for a rate reduction for club members. That has been implemented and PSRHS members can get a yearly membership for $55 per household, a $10 savings. Some of our members report that you can add extended family members to the plan at no additional cost even if they reside elsewhere, such as students at college, etc

CALSTAR/REACH Application (PDF download)

Support Us thru Your Amazon Purchases

The Placer-Sierra Railroad Heritage Society is now part of Amazon’s Smile Program. A portion of each purchase made in our name returns to the Society as a donation from Amazon. To setup your Amazon purchases for Smile just:

  1. Use this URL : https://smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0488569 or Click Here
  2. You will know you are supporting us because just below the search bar it will say  “Supporting: Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society”


  1. Go here and set up an Amazon App In Chrome or Firefox to make it easier and automatic https://smile.amazon.com/gp/BIT
  2. After the app is set up goto http://smile.amazon.com and Choose “Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society” as your preference.

Thank you so much for your continued support,

Thank You!

We want to thank everyone who supported us during the Big Day of Giving.  Your kind gifts totaled $1950.00.  Each dollar will go preserving the history of the Donner Pass Route.  On behalf of the entire membership of PSRHS and community of Colfax we thank you.

Malcolm Frost