Yosemite Valley railroad

Construction started in 1902 on the railroad and employed about 1,500 men. It operated from 1907 to 1946 and was initially used to haul logs, limestone and other minerals. After the popularity of Yosemite National Park grew, the trains were also used for passenger service between Merced and El Portal. Passengers were met in El Portal by stagecoaches in the early days and buses later on. Attempts are underway to reconstruct the railroad following much of the original route.