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.

Monthly Meeting October 27

The next PSRHS monthly meeting will be held Thursday, October 27, starting at 7pm.

Phil Smith will talk about Dead Man’s Curve, including a “flavor” of railroading on the mountain in the 1970’s, operating a locomotive and details from an accident report.

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

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

New Rotary Footage on YouTube

The footage is from the 2011 deployment of the Rotary Snow Plow. Scene of Truckee before it departed West for the first trip back over the mountain. Following shots are from the cab of one of the diesels pushing the Rotary East on the return trip. The The Rotaries worked for approximately 5 days to get the mountain clear. This footage are snippets of what is to be seen in Part II of “Rotaries, Avalanche on the Mountain.”  This is from Brendan Compton & BA Productions

Click Here to view or check out our YouTube Channel

Colfax Railroad Days 2015

Colfax Railroad Days will occur on September 12 & 13 this year in historic downtown Colfax.  This year’s event will highlight 150 years of railroading in Colfax.  Central Pacific trains first arrived in the new town in September 1865, and trains have been running through the heart of Colfax every day since then.

Preparations are being made to line up all the great attractions from previous years plus new ones for the 2015 Railroad Days Event!  Go to the Colfax Railroad Days website to see who and what is coming this year to create another great educational and fun family event.

Everybody loves trains! and this is where you can see them, touch them, smell them and get inside them!  Don’t miss it!