Photos of a Sierra Railroad lumber train derailment were generating a lot of excitement in Oakdale on Saturday as residents shared the images electronically.
“There is a minor lumber car derailment outside of Oakdale,” a Sierra Railroad spokesman confirmed, refusing to elaborate. Calls to the Stanislaus and Tuolumne county sheriff’s departments and Oakdale and Sonora police departments turned up no information. The derailment was reported to be 12 miles outside of Oakdale.
If a derailment is on private property, a Stanislaus sheriff’s official explained, it would not warrant action from authorities.
The grainy photos show boxcars on their side framed by rows of vineyards.
The Sierra Railroad was built from Oakdale to Sonora in 1897 and still hauls lumber from the Sierra Pacific lumber mill east of Sonora. The track in Stanislaus County has been used by the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train since 1999.