Sacramento Valley and Eastern Railway - History - Construction and Opening

Construction and Opening

Copper Prices were rising and the property looked attractive enough to the General Electric Company of New York, who purchased it in 1905 and continued to operate the smelter at capacity. To alleviate the transportation problem, General Electric commenced grading in 1907 on the Sacramento Valley and Eastern Railway. Sometime in 1908, the 15.5-mile (24.9 km) mile railroad was open to the public and to recover some of the initial investment in its construction, full freight and passenger service was offered. A new 2-6-2T tank engine was ordered from Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania that same year, although a leased SP 4-4-0 was used to open the line.

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