Historical Preservation

Our projects...

We are dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Amador Central Railroad, ensuring that future generations can appreciate its significance.

Community Engagement

We actively engage with the local community, fostering a sense of pride and involvement in the preservation efforts of the Amador Central Railroad.

Educational Outreach

We provide educational programs and resources to schools and organizations, promoting the understanding and appreciation of railroad history.

An Amador Central preservation project-

Ione Southern Pacific Depot

Amador Central Railroad Corporation Acquires Historic Ione Depot

The Amador Central Railroad Corporation, A California non-profit, public benefit corporation, has leased, from the City of Ione, California, the historic Central Pacific depot building for a period of 55 years. This structure will be fully restored restored for use as a history museum, interpretive center, event venue, and as offices for the Corporation.

Ione’s surviving depot was constructed by the Central Pacific Railroad, the predecessor company of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The structure was erected in 1876, approximately 25 years before the Ione and Eastern Railroad, later known as the Amador Central Railroad, was built. It opened for passenger and freight service in January 1877.

Ione Depot is the sixth oldest surviving railroad depot in the State of California, and certainly the oldest built by the Central Pacific. With the proper stewardship by the Amador Central Railroad Corporation, the deteriorating roof will be repaired in short order, and the interior and exterior will be rejuvenated, with all funds coming from private donations and grants.

With historic preservation at the forefront of ACRC’s efforts, our goal is to ensure that the structure can be used as a community resource, and tourist attraction that engages families from the greater Sacramento Area and beyond to visit Amador County.