Amador Foothills Railroad

Amador Central Railroad

The Amador Central Railroad was a standard gauge railroad that operated between a connection with the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) at Ione and Martell near the town of Jackson, California. The carrier served the Sierra Nevada Foothills gold mining communities and hauled lumber products from the El Dorado National Forest. Amador is the name of the county in which the railroad operated.


The Amador Central traces its history back to the Ione & Eastern Railroad. In 1904, the Ione & Eastern proposed to build a line from Ione to Sutter Creek and then an additional to Volcano, California. The Ione & Eastern only completed a line to Martell. The railroad survived only four years and was sold at foreclosure in 1908 and renamed the Amador Central Railroad.


The AMC ran from the terminus of SP's Ione Branch at Ione to Martell.


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