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Editing Railroads starting from TIGER data

Please read WikiProject_United_States_railways#Editing_Railroads_starting_from_TIGER_data

Current State of the Map (California/Railroads)

OSM California Railroad data are in a "middle beta" state. This means California rail from OSM's noisy 2007 TIGER data import (plus good rail tagging since) have been reviewed, corrected and developed moderately to a state of rough accuracy. Minor errors remain in infrastructure and some tables below and routes (both route=railway and route=train) remain incomplete or underdeveloped. However, "shining star examples" exist: Bakersfield Subdivision (route=railway), Antelope Valley Line (route=train), BART (a route=subway system), Pacific Surfliner (public_transport:version=1 route) and Amtrak's relation Southwest Chief (public_transport:version=2 route). These should be emulated for other routes of their type which remain incomplete or underdeveloped. As of 2018, TIGER-derived name tags such as name=Union Pacific and name=BNSF are corrected (to operator=* tags) on active rail in California, partially completing one phase of making best use of our TIGER-derived rail data. Remaining TIGER-derived name=* tags, such as on disused and abandoned rail, continue to improve. In short, TIGER data are much better and in many cases quite usable, yet work remains. For example, all route=railway should be re-checked against newer, richer, authoritative sources, so please keep improving rail data. Thank you!

At wider zoom levels z≤7 in OpenRailwayMap (ORM), California is seen to have a structure of mainline (orange) and at z=8 branch (yellow) rail, due to cohesive usage=* and name=* tags. Known active rail have correct name=* tags, though some disused or abandoned rail may still have original TIGER name=* (change these to key old_railway_operator=* with the same value) and some correctly named rail may not yet be collected as members into a named route=railway relation. So, both of these tasks are important OSM work to continue. However, even without name=* tags, with incorrect name=* tags or without rail segments gathered into named route=railway relations, because of TIGER rail entry and especially because usage=* displays, a roughly correct California rail infrastructure can be seen with ORM. Some mainline and branch rail support passenger traffic (route=train relations), offering passenger=national (long distance, usually overnight), passenger=regional (medium distance, intrastate) and passenger=suburban ("commuter rail," spanning several counties). Often blurred with "commuter rail" is city-scale passenger=urban rail, tagged route=light_rail. California route=train, route=light_rail and route=tram relations usually have passenger=* tags but this isn't universal, as some tourism/heritage/museum trains may not, if they do these are tagged passenger=local. However, all Amtrak route=trains have passenger=* tags, either international, national, regional or suburban.

At closer zoom level z=9, ORM displays railway=rail (without usage=* as black, though be aware that at z≥10, usage=tourism and usage=military also display as black), railway=disused (as brown-gray) and railway=abandoned (as dashed brown-gray). California has some rail whose name=* and/or usage=* remain unknown, or are tagged railway=rail while they are truly railway=disused or railway=abandoned (or vice versa), but this isn't known. Cleanup of TIGER data must continue on these railway=disused or railway=abandoned rail segments: accurately determining whether or not they are actively in use and assigning proper name=* and usage=* tags. This is a current frontier of California/Railroads, as are complete identification and cataloging of usage=industrial rail, which at z=9 ORM displays as brown. OSM remains incomplete in both of these regards, especially around Los Angeles and its harbors, a complex rail area.

At zoom level z=10, railway=light_rail and railway=subway display in ORM as green and dark blue (respectively). Six (seven with OC Streetcar) light rail systems are in California: Los Angeles Metro, San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), San Diego Trolley, VTA in Silicon Valley, Sacramento RT Light Rail and North County Transit District's SPRINTER. Subways (underground, FTA-defined "heavy rail" usually tagged passenger=suburban) include Bay Area Rapid Transit (passenger=suburban) and Los Angeles Metro's Red and Purple lines (passenger=urban). Though some still contain minor OSM errors, these approach completeness, including planned extensions (ORM displays dotted for proposed, dashed for under construction). Further ongoing review and correction are welcome as these continue to expand and improve, especially in Los Angeles County. More public_transport=platforms are needed, as well as including these in route relations, facilitating upgrades to public_transport:version=2. This is an excellent opportunity to build better community/volunteer efforts and better data with a Map Your Train Ride! approach (to platform locations and amenities): plant seeds (platforms), and green shoots (version 2 train routes) can and do grow!

Even closer ORM zoom levels (z>=11) display railway=tram as pink (notably, San Francisco's Cable Cars). Trams are distinctly "streetcar," yet often share similarities with light rail. In San Francisco, Muni and Cable Cars are distinct with these tags (though, Muni E Embarcadero and F Market & Wharves are streetcar/tram), even as both systems have street-tracked cars: Muni light_rail (green) goes underground in many places, Cable Cars (pink) are exclusively above-ground, largely street-running. BART (dark blue) is partly underground in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, while Caltrain (orange), especially with its "Baby Bullet" service, is above-ground mainline commuter rail, except for a few tunnels. ORM denotes underground rail or tunnels as desaturated (dark blue, green, orange, yellow, red...). Trams are believed complete in California/Railroads and OSM's geographic region of California, a few route=trams are tagged passenger=local.

California began (in June 2015) construction of the first dedicated high-speed rail in the USA, largely around Fresno. Phase 1 originally envisioned San Francisco via Los Angeles to Anaheim, now "scaled back" (see below) to Merced - Fresno - Bakersfield. (Phase 2 plans extensions to Sacramento and San Diego). There are 119 miles of Central Valley track between Wasco and Madera now under construction to complete a "scaled back" Phase 1 circa 2029 (now excluding the Central Valley to Silicon Valley portion) or 2033 (should all of the original Phase 1 discover funding). Segments of this infrastructure are ways tagged railway=construction + construction=rail + usage=main + highspeed=yes + name=California High Speed Rail (abbreviated CAHSR), included in relation this relation. This is largely completed in OSM; ORM displays early CAHSR railway=construction as red dashed lines around Fresno and red dotted lines (state=proposed) north and south of the initial construction zone around Fresno, towards San José and Burbank. Proposals for Phase 2 in southern California around Temecula/Murietta and Escondido-Rancho Bernardo-Mira Mesa now display as dotted at zoom level z=11.

In February 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State Address "scaled back" CAHSR to current construction (Merced - Fresno - Bakersfield), redefining the project. Read High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly’s Statement here. “The Governor has called for setting a priority on getting high speed rail operating in the only region in which we have commenced construction — the Central Valley. We are eager to meet this challenge and expand the project’s economic impact in the Central Valley. Importantly, he also reaffirmed our commitment to complete the environmental work statewide, to meet our 'bookend' investments in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and to pursue additional federal and private funding for future project expansion. We welcome this direction and look forward to continuing the important work on this transformative project.”

Finally, this wiki itself feels about as lengthy as it can get while remaining human-comfortable, or even gone beyond that. Proposals (to split, restructure...) are welcome.

Suggestions

If you wish to improve California railroads in OSM:

  • Follow unreviewed TIGER rail ways along their length, comparing them with your best data. These might be many things: a survey or GPS track, state agency (DOT, PUC) crossing data, aerial/satellite imagery, rail enthusiast lore that OSM has permission to use or personal rail knowledge that is "on the ground verifiable."
  • Find the red or yellow route=railway relation table entries below and improve them: perform TIGER Review (see above) on rail segments (whether already gathered or not into a correctly-named route=railway relation). It CAN be tedious to stitch these together properly!
  • Using ORM (black lines, though be aware that usage=tourism and usage=military also display as black), find unreviewed TIGER rail incorrectly named as a railroad (e.g. name=Union Pacific Railroad). Properly tag these with e.g. operator=UP, name=ABC Industrial Lead and usage=industrial.
  • Using an Overpass Turbo query or ORM (railway=disused as brown and railway=abandoned as dashed brown lines, a larger dataset), find TIGER rail with incorrect status. Properly tag these with knowledge of whether they are truly disused, abandoned or active rail.
  • Clean up yards using aerial/satellite imagery or better knowledge. Currently yards are moderately correct, but can use improvement from recent aerial/satellite imagery or newer real-world data. Please keep the Yards table on this wiki page updated as you do.
  • See the excellent source from Caltrans ca_rail_schematics.pdf (April, 2016 version or newer), a comprehensive document detailing California passenger rail infrastructure. Add more track name, Control Point, milepost, maxspeed and other data to OSM.
  • Map Your Train Ride! Add public_transport=platforms to the route=train relation of your commute or other passenger train travel. It's easy: add a node or draw a small polygon representing the exact location of the platform, and tag with public_transport=platform, railway=platform and train=yes, light_rail=yes, subway=yes or tram=yes. You might also add it to the proper route=train relation(s) which should be found around that railway=station. For further guidance, see this diagram of a "simple railway station".

More work needs doing, especially in Los Angeles County. (The area around LA's two major harbors contains a confusion of rail elements that need better tagging). "More work" includes updating yards statewide and reducing or eliminating tracks=# tags (entering each distinct track element). Eventually, all rail subdivisions should be in properly named route=railway relations. California railroads are not 100% there yet, but do approach this subgoal. Another goal is for all route=train relations (passenger rail) to contain accurate relation memberships of properly named track infrastructure, also largely done. Other frontiers are maxspeed=*, railway=signal and railway=milestone tags, now only lightly extant. Much can benefit from review and/or improvement, especially performing TIGER Review and improving route=train relations from public_transport:version=1 v1 to public_transport:version=2 v2. Thank you!

Active Lines (Mainline, Branch, Industrial and Short) State Train.svg

California railroads operated over 6863 miles (11045 km) of track and carried 6,539,700 carloads of freight totaling over 156.1 million tons (2011 data). Class I railroads – the designation for the major freight rail carriers – are represented in California by the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BNSF Railway (BNSF). These two railroads have extensive rail networks connecting California with the rest of the nation, particularly corridors to the Southwest, Midwest, and Northwest. Including rights obtained by one railroad to operate its trains over another railroad's tracks (trackage rights), these two railroads operate over a total of 8713 km, about 79% of total rail in California. In addition to these major carriers, local markets in California may be served by the remaining 21%: smaller (usually freight-only) rail known as “short line” railroads, which serve a particular market or which provide feeder service to the national freight rail network represented by the UP and the BNSF. There are no (medium-sized) Class II railroads in California; all short lines in the state are (smaller-sized) Class III railroads.

Lines, expressed as route=railway relations, with active, regular rail traffic, whether freight, industrial or passenger.

The Active Lines tables are "largely complete" and "mostly correct." There may still exist some minor usage=industrial lines or spurs not yet included here. If you find a railroad, subdivision, line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!

Union Pacific Railroad (UP)

In California, UP operates an expansive network of over 3292 miles (5298 km) of track (including trackage rights), almost 48% of California's railroads. In 2015, with a workforce of about 5,000 employees, UP’s California operations handled over 3 million carloads. UP operates in California as two divisions, Roseville Division (Northern California) and Los Angeles Division (Southern California).

Roseville Division (Northern California)

Mainline

Note there is a Valley Subdivision in this (UP's Roseville Division Mainline) section (Roseville - Chico - Dunsmuir) and a different Valley Subdivision (owned by SCRRA/Metrolink-SCAX, while UP has trackage rights) in Southern California Regional Rail Authority/Metrolink section (Los Angeles - Palmdale).

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Black Butte Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4510755 Dunsmuir - Mount Shasta - Weed - Dorris - Klamath Falls (Oregon) A good amount of review already done, should be double-checked Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national route=trains.
Canyon Subdivision Western Pacific (WP) relation 4483009 Oroville - Keddie Wye - Portola A good amount of review already done, should be double-checked BNSF has trackage rights
Coast Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4515581 San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - Salinas - Gilroy - San Jose - Oakland Done; should be double-checked Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national, Capitol Corridor passenger=regional and ACE passenger=suburban route=trains. Trackage rights allow UP to travel through the JPBX-owned segment between Tamien and Santa Clara. Trackage rights allow Caltrain to travel through the UP-owned segment between Gilroy and Tamien. BNSF also has trackage rights.
Fresno Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 2748023 Bakersfield - Fresno - Stockton - Sacramento Reviewed S of Fresno; retagged between Fresno and Ripon, reviewed N of Ripon Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains.
Martinez Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4493104 Oakland - Martinez - Fairfield - Davis - Sacramento - Roseville Done Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight and California Zephyr passenger=national and Amtrak California Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.
Niles Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 6170480 Newark - Fremont/Centerville - Fremont/Niles - Hayward - San Leandro - Oakland/High Street Done Supports Amtrak California Capitol Corridor passenger=regional and ACE passenger=suburban route=trains.
Roseville Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4489569 Roseville - Colfax - Truckee - Reno (Nevada) - Sparks (Nevada) Reviewed between Roseville and Auburn. Probably needs to be realigned or updated at a few places. Supports Amtrak "California Zephyr" passenger=national and Amtrak California Capitol Corridor passenger=regional route=trains.
Sacramento Subdivision Western Pacific (WP) relation 1954847 Stockton - Sacramento - Marysville - Oroville Partially complete Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights. Tagged usage=branch S of Sacramento River to Stockton (41% of the subdivision), where no passenger=national service exists.
Tracy Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4498925 Martinez - Antioch - Brentwood - Tracy - Lathrop Reviewed W of Port Chicago Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains.
Valley Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4487778 Roseville - Marysville - Chico - Red Bluff - Redding - Dunsmuir Partially complete Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.
Winnemucca Subdivision Western Pacific (WP) relation 4487490 Portola - Reno Junction - Gerlach (Nevada) - Winnemucca (Nevada) California segment lightly reviewed BNSF has trackage rights.

Branch

Note there is a Modoc Subdivision relation in this (UP's Roseville Division Branch) section (Alturas - Klamath Falls, Oregon) and a different Modoc Subdivision relation in the Abandoned / Southern Pacific section (Alturas southwards to the Nevada state line, then SE to near the Winnemuca Subdivision).

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Altamont Southern Pacific (SP) relation 6200734 Tracy - Midway Done
Modoc Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4487489 Klamath Falls, Oregon - Tulelake - Perez - Canby - Lakeview Junction - Alturas Looks good, please double-check From Perez through Canby to Alturas, hosts Lake Railway, operated by Frontier Rail. See Lake County Railroad section. Another relation Modoc Subdivision relation, from the southern edge of this to the California-Nevada border, nearly all the way southeast to Winnemucca Subdivision in Nevada, is railway=abandoned.
Oakland Subdivision Western Pacific (WP) relation 4498892 Oakland - Niles Canyon - Livermore - Tracy - Stockton Done Supports ACE passenger=suburban route=trains.
Tidewater Subdivision Western Pacific (WP)/Tidewater Southern (TS) (subsidiary) relation 6184197 Modesto - Hatch Done
Warm Springs Subdivision ? relation 6742549 San Jose - Milpitas - Fremont Done

Industrial

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Chemurgic Industrial Lead ? relation 6280365 Hatch (Jct. at Tidewater Subdivision) - Chemurgic
Granite Rock Industrial Lead ? relation 6742550 Warm Springs Subdivision - Berryessa Road (San José)
Hollister Industrial Lead ? relation 6208109 Carnadero (Gilroy) - Hollister Believed complete, please double-check
Ione Industrial Lead SP relation 4520042 Galt - Ione
Loyalton Industrial Lead ? relation 4510757 Loyalton - Winnemuca Subdivision Done, but might need more bridges/water crossings Segment south of Loyalton industrial area seems to be abandoned
Luther Industrial Lead SP relation 6680587 Coast Subdivision (near Almaden Expressway) - East Alma Avenue (San José) Done A short segment of the old 4th Street Line, the remainder of which is abandoned
Madera Spur ? relation 6660772 Madera - Italian Swiss Colony Done (for core spur, not additional leads) Name is likely not correct. Additional industrial leads need better naming
McHenry Industrial Lead Western Pacific (WP)/Tidewater Southern (TS) (subsidiary) relation 9295821 Stockton - Manteca Jct. - Escalon
Newark Industrial Lead ? relation 6714345 Newark - San Francisco Bay Done The western portion actually in San Francisco Bay is disused, but may be revived
Redwood Harbor Industrial Lead ? relation 6280312 Redwood City Part of this is street-running down the middle of Chestnut Street
Redwood Junction Industrial Lead ? relation 6280300 Redwood City Done
Reno Industrial Lead ? relation 6274339 Reno (Nevada) - Panther Valley (Nevada) - Reno Jct.
Turlock Industrial Lead ? relation 6280366 Turlock - Hatch (Jct. at Tidewater Subdivision)
Vasona Industrial Lead ? relation 6133755 San Jose - Campbell - Lehigh Permanente Quarry Done This is also tagged with alt_name=Permanente Branch.

Los Angeles Division (Southern California)

Mainline

Note there is a UP Mojave Subdivision in this (UP's Los Angeles Division Mainline) section (Bakersfield - Mojave - Colton) and a different BNSF Mojave Subdivision in BNSF's Mainline section (Mojave - Barstow).

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Alhambra Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4540944 Rancho (Los Angeles) - West Colton (yard) - Yuma Junction Done Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains.
Cima Subdivision Los Angeles & Salt Lake (LA&SL) (UP subsidiary) relation 4503826 Las Vegas (Nevada) - Calada - Cima - Kelso - Yermo Partially complete Nevada segment from Calada to Las Vegas is added to relation, may be a bit rough
Los Angeles Subdivision Los Angeles & Salt Lake (LA&SL) (UP subsidiary) relation 4544215 East Redondo (Los Angeles) - Commerce - Pomona - Pedley - Riverside; Daggett - Yermo Done Two disconnected segments linked by BNSF trackage. Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national and Metrolink Riverside Line (Purple) passenger=suburban route=trains.
UP Mojave Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 3971063 Colton - Cajon Pass - Palmdale - Mojave - Tehachapi Pass - Kern Junction (Bakersfield) Reviewed Bakersfield - Palmdale; retagged Palmdale - Colton Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.
Santa Barbara Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4525173 Moorpark - Ventura - Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo OK TIGER alignment along entire length with numerous accurate sidings (some might need better naming) Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national, Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional and Metrolink Ventura County Line (Yellow) passenger=suburban route=trains.
Yuma Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4485205 Colton - Palm Springs - Yuma (Arizona) Done on existing single-track, but missing some double-tracking Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights. Incomplete east of Banning to Araz Jct. (158 miles): needs second parallel track added to existing single-track.

Branch

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Calexico Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP)? relation 6773331 Niland - Calipatria - Brawley - El Centro - Calexico Partially complete
El Centro Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 6080833 Plaster City - Seeley - El Centro Done Used to be part of SDAE, but in 1979 when SDMTS bought SDAE, it left El Centro Sub in SP ownership, so now it is UP. PIR appears to have trackage rights from Plaster City to Seeley, although PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016.
La Habra Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 4565127 Huntington Park - Bell - Pico Rivera Believed complete, please double-check
Lone Pine Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 6176837 Mojave - Searles No tiger_reviewed:no tags left, and largely looks good, however please double-check
Los Nietos Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 6723257 Studebaker (Norwalk) - Santa Fe Springs - Whittier Junction
UP San Pedro Subdivision ? relation 4562006 UP Mead Yard near Long Beach - Bell - Vernon
Wilmington Subdivision Southern Pacific (SP) relation 6186575 Los Angeles - Rancho Dominguez

Industrial

As noted above, there may still exist some minor usage=industrial lines or spurs not yet included here.

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Brea Chemical Industrial Lead SP, Pacific Electric Railway relation 4565758 Brea - La Habra - Santa Fe Springs Done
Chino Industrial Lead SP relation 6722809 Pomona - Chino
Crestmore Industrial Lead ? relation 6722792 Rubidoux - Crestmore Done
El Segundo Industrial Lead ? relation 4565759 Watts - Hawthorne - El Segundo
Fullerton Industrial Lead UP relation 4565760 Fullerton - La Habra
Lakewood Industrial Lead ? relation 9295906 Long Beach - Lakewood Done Segment south of about Cover Street is abandoned
Lompoc Industrial Lead ? relation 6377506 Surf - Lompoc Needs "light and easy" TIGER review
Oak Creek Spur Southern Pacific (SP) relation 5810260 Mojave - Mojave Quarry Reviewed by happy5214
Ontario Industrial Lead SP relation 6742855 Ontario Done
Paramount Industrial Lead Pacific Electric Railway relation 6283262 Paramount Done
Patata Industrial Lead SP relation 9248935 Compton - Firestone Park - Downey - Studebaker (Norwalk)
Reyes Industrial Lead ? relation 6713679 Firestone Park - Compton - Del Amo Done
Riverside Industrial Lead ? relation 4553158 Riverside - Hunter Park Done
Rohr Industrial Lead ? relation 9045274 Riverside Municipal Airport Done
Santa Ana Industrial Lead SP relation 4565054 Studebaker (Norwalk) - Buena Park - College (Anaheim); Santa Ana - Harbor Boulevard two disconnected segments linked by SCAX Orange Subdivision
Stanton Industrial Lead SP relation 4565055 West Anaheim - Los Alamitos Jct. - Westminster - Huntington Beach
Torrance Industrial Lead ? relation 4587246 South Los Angeles - Gardena - Torrance Done
Tustin Industrial Lead SP relation 6722996 College (Anaheim) - Orange Done
White Hills Industrial Lead ? relation 6563170 Lompoc - Imerys (quarries) Done

BNSF Railway (BNSF)

In California, BNSF operates over 2114 miles (3402 km) of track (31% of statewide total) – 1149 miles (1849 km, about 17% of statewide total) of which are owned by BNSF and 965 miles (1553 km, about 14% of statewide total) through trackage rights, with a workforce of almost 3,500 employees. See also SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) where BNSF has significant trackage rights. BNSF is North America’s largest intermodal carrier, handling over 4.9 million trailers and containers in 2015 in the United States (compared to UP’s 3.9 million). In addition to its own routes, BNSF holds trackage rights over UP between Salt Lake City and the San Francisco Bay Area, Tehachapi Pass between Bakersfield and Mojave, as well as in California's Central Valley. California serves as the western anchor to BNSF’s Transcontinental Corridor routes (relation Northern Transcon and relation Southern Transcon), which link Northern and Southern California with Chicago. On these corridors, consumer products, which include everything from food and automobile products to agricultural and industrial products, represent the majority of BNSF’s transported commodities: in California alone, BNSF moves about 3.9 million carloads per year.

All routes are formerly Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) unless otherwise noted.

Mainline

Note there is a BNSF Mojave Subdivision in BNSF's Mainline section (Mojave - Barstow) and a different UP Mojave Subdivision in UP's Los Angeles Division Mainline section (Bakersfield - Mojave - Colton).
Note there is a BNSF San Diego Subdivision (San Diego - National City) here in BNSF Mainline and a different NCTD San Diego Subdivision (San Diego - Oceanside) in the Short Line section.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Bakersfield Subdivision relation 2856112 Bakersfield - Hanford - Calwa (S of Fresno) Fully reviewed Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains.
Cajon Subdivision relation 1476971 Barstow - Victorville - Cajon Pass - San Bernardino Fully reviewed Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains. UP has trackage rights.
Gateway Subdivision relation 4484473 Keddie Wye - Bieber - Klamath Falls (Oregon) TIGER reviewed Oregon segment between Klamath Falls and California boundary Formerly Western Pacific (WP) south of Bieber; formerly Great Northern (GN) north of Bieber
BNSF Mojave Subdivision relation 3313150 Barstow - Mojave; Kern Junction - Bakersfield Fully reviewed Two disconnected segments linked by UP Mojave Subdivision. Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains for brief segment in Bakersfield.
Needles Subdivision relation 1477496 Needles - Barstow happy5214 has reviewed/fixed this line. Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains. UP has trackage rights.
San Bernardino Subdivision relation 1477499 San Bernardino - Riverside - Corona - Fullerton - West Redondo (Los Angeles) Done W and N of the Hobart end of this to Mission Jct. may need work. Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national, Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink 91/Perris Valley Line (Blue) passenger=regional, Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) and Metrolink Orange County Line (Orange) passenger=suburban route=trains. UP has trackage rights.
BNSF San Diego Subdivision relation 6138890 San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - National City Done The Port of San Diego's (POSD) National City Marine Terminal (NCMT) handles automobiles; a significant portion of imported cars in the US come through NCMT, while POSD's Tenth Avenue Terminal handles heavy equipment. BNSF owns this subdivision while also enjoying trackage rights on SDNR via NCTD (San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside) and on SCAX via OCTA's Orange Line (Oceanside to Fullerton), connecting NCMT and POSD with Los Angeles County and Chicago via BNSF's Southern Transcon. Additional traffic includes aggregate, cement, corn syrup, ethanol, fly ash, fresh and frozen food, grain, LPG, lumber, lumber products, metal/steel products (primarily aluminum), plastic and soda ash.
Seligman Subdivision relation 1453756 Needles - Kingman (Arizona) - Williams (Arizona) - Flagstaff (Arizona) - Winslow (Arizona) California TIGER Review is Complete (so, green). However, in states further east, needs significant TIGER review: moderate error fixing, improvement to double/triple/quad tracking, passenger trains which use this infrastructure have mismatched elements. Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains. Fewer than 20 km of this mighty >320 km long route are in California: from Needles to the Arizona border at the Colorado River.
Stockton Subdivision relation 2926455 Calwa - Fresno - Merced - Modesto/Empire - Stockton - Richmond Fully reviewed SE of Stockton, except the yard in SE Stockton; retagged W of Stockton Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains.

Branch

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Lucerne Valley Subdivision relation 6153823 Hesperia - Cushenbury Completed only from Hesperia eastward to Kiowa Road
Richmond relation 4614689 Richmond - Stege Jct. (Martinez Subdivision) Done

Industrial

As noted above, there may still exist some minor usage=industrial lines or spurs not yet included here.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
3M Industrial Lead relation 6722981 Corona - Corona Rock Quarry Done Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.
Boron Lead relation 9320803 Boron - Boron Mines Done, but quite rough Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.
Harbor Subdivision relation 4564360 Los Angeles - El Segundo - Port of Los Angeles Done, however it isn't known whether segments tagged railway=disused are active (or vice versa) This route was largely displaced by the much more direct Alameda Corridor (ATAX) when it opened in 2002. It is now discontiguous: there is a gap between Crenshaw Blvd. and East El Segundo Blvd. for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX project now under construction. Remaining in Harbor Subdivision are a southern portion (Los Angeles AFB southward to Alameda Corridor) and a northern and eastern portion (Crenshaw / 67th to Los Angeles River, at Harbor Jct. / San Bernardino Subdivision). Most trackage owned by LACMTA.
Irvine Industrial Park relation 6274173 Irvine Done Is old_railway_operator=* AT&SF? Or is it SP?
Orange Avenue Spur relation 8282170 Orange Avenue Jct. (Baldwin Park) - Azusa Done Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial. As this is a service=spur off of San Gabriel Subdivision (owned by SCAX, old_railway_operator=UP) yet operator=UP also exists, it isn't known whether BNSF or UP is operator here.
Port of Richmond relation 4614687 Richmond - Port of Richmond Done Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial. May be owned by SFBR; not known if BNSF or SFBR is owner or acting as operator.

Short Lines (Branch, Industrial or Freight, occasionally Mainline)

Active "short lines" (exclusively Class III railroads) expressed as route=railway relations. Short Lines largely have tags of usage=branch or usage=industrial on underlying infrastructure. On occasion, usage=main is found on Short Line passenger routes, for example, SDNR supports COASTER and JPBX supports Caltrain passenger=suburban route=trains. Some Short Line infrastructure are tagged railway=light_rail to reflect their primary usage, while tracks are also used (temporally shared at night) as usage=branch or usage=industrial, for example, San Diego MTS's SDAE Blue and Orange by SDIY and North County Transit District's SDNX SPRINTER by PSRR. California is home to 18 active short line railroads and 8 switching and terminal railroads operating on over 830 route miles (1336 km).

There are hundreds of km of railways tagged usage=military which might be collected into route=railway relations and added to this or a sibling section. Some military rail segments are tagged tiger:name_base=US Government Railroad (or similar), though these can and do vary on military reservations (e.g. "Old Rail Garrison Railroad," "U S Navy RR R W"). This Overpass Turbo search might be useful. There are military rail areas at Sierra Army Depot, Travis AFB, NWS Concord, San Joaquin Depot Tracy, MOT Concord, NCS Stockton, Vandenberg AFB, Edwards AFB, MCLB Barstow, USAF Plant 42 (Palmdale), NAWC China Lake, NB Ventura County, NWS Seal Beach and MCBC Pendleton and possibly others. Because of histories from Sacramento Northern Railway, Union Pacific and OSM's TIGER import, rail data in the areas of NWS Concord and MOT Concord may need review and/or improvement.

All of that now said, Short Lines tables are "mostly complete." If you find a railroad, subdivision, line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!

Genesee & Wyoming (ARZC, CFNR, CORP, SDIY, SJVR, VCRR)

A "railroad holding company" with six railroads which, in five cases own trackage and in one case has operator rights on trackage in California. Total mileage (in California): 657 miles, almost 80% of the state's short-line rail.

Arizona and California Railroad (ARZC)

Total mileage: 205 miles, 91 miles of which are in California.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Cadiz Subdivision relation 4512960 Cadiz - Parker (Arizona) - near Wickenburg (Arizona) at BNSF interchange Done Both the California and Arizona segments are included in Cadiz. While A&C calls Cadiz "mainline," members are tagged usage=branch. Hauling petroleum gas, steel and lumber.
Blythe Subdivision relation 4519548 Rice - Blythe - Ripley Largely done, could use double-check Railbanked for trail use about 7 km south of Rice, per STB Docket AB 1022 1 X. Check whether name tags should be "Ripley" (or "Blythe Subdivision"?), whether abandoned or disused, boundaries between these and extant "historic" tags for correctness, please.

California Northern Railroad (CFNR)

A Class III railroad hauling mainly food and agricultural commodities, as well as stone products. Total mileage: 210 (256 owned and leased).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Hamilton Subdivision relation 6290060 Orland - Hamilton Needs TIGER review
Napa Subdivision relation 4492800 Lombard - Napa Needs TIGER review
Schellville Subdivision relation 4492801 Schellville - Lombard (Napa Jct.) - Suisun/Fairfield Needs TIGER review Tracks parallel with UP's Martinez Subdivision between Suisun/Fairfield and Davis may or may not be CFNR though some are tagged as if they are (might be UP, might be CFNR). Also, CFNR has trackage rights on NWP between Schellville and Willits, interchanging with NWP (NCRA) at Lombard.
Travis Spur The single 4 km way way is entered Fairfield - Travis AFB Done This is tagged usage=military and may be railway=disused or railway=abandoned. Name is a reasonable guess.
Vallejo Subdivision relation 4492805 Napa Jct. - Vallejo Done
West Side Subdivision relation 4501157 Tracy - Patterson - Gustine - Los Baños Needs TIGER review Hauling tomatoes, tomato paste, grain, other agricultural products.
West Valley Subdivision relation 4498171 Tehama - Willows - Dunnigan - Woodland - Davis Needs TIGER review

Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP)

A Class III railroad based in Roseburg, Oregon. Total mileage: 305, 56 of which are in California.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Siskiyou Subdivision, Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad relation 4522356 Weed - Montague - Medford (Oregon) - Roseburg (Oregon) - Eugene (Oregon) Partially complete The California segment (from UP's Black Butte Subdivision near Weed) to the Oregon border is included in this relation as elements named "Siskiyou Subdivision." These may be named "Siskiyou Subdivision" in California only; this is not known. Hauling logs, lumber products, and plywood.

San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY)

Genesee and Wyoming owns SDIY as a freight trackage tenant operator during nighttime hours on SDAE's Blue, Orange and San Ysidro Lines. Total mileage on SDIY: ≥1. SDIY interchanges with BJRR (San Ysidro Yard) and BNSF (San Diego Yard at Cesar E. Chavez Parkway). See SDAE section.

San Joaquin Valley Railroad (SJVR)

All lines remapped by happy5214 unless otherwise noted.

Total mileage: 297. SJVR has trackage rights over UP from Fresno - Algoso (near Bakersfield) via Goshen Jct. (former SP).

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Arvin Subdivision AT&SF/SP relation 3983968 Arvin - Lamont - Algoso/Magunden Done Absorbed from AT&SF/SP, with SJVR as operator, then abandoned by TVRR.
Buttonwillow Subdivision SP relation 3977701 Kern Junction/Bakersfield - Gosford - Buttonwillow Done
Clovis Subdivision AT&SF between BNSF Stockton Subdivision and Clovis Avenue/SP on either end relation 3285449 Fresno - Clovis Done
Exeter Subdivision SP relation 2640886 Fresno - Sanger - Reedley - Exeter - Lindsay - Strathmore Done Appears to be in early stages of abandonment
Goshen Subdivision SP relation 2748031 Exeter - Farmersville - Visalia - Goshen Done Was named Visalia Branch
Hanford Subdivision SP relation 2748032 Goshen - Hanford - Lemoore - Huron Done
Landco Subdivision AT&SF relation 3320280 Landco - Oil Junction Done
Loma Spur AT&SF relation 2643325 Visalia - Loma Done
North Joint Subdivision SP relation 6794390 Hollis - Famoso Done CPUC confirms name, but FRA wants to call this "Exeter Subdivision." Broken out of Eastside Line and added as a separate relation by stevea.
Oil City Subdivision AT&SF/SP relation 3936006 Oil Junction - Maltha Done Absorbed from AT&SF/SP, with SJVR as operator, then abandoned by TVRR.
Porterville Subdivision AT&SF, Visalia Electric (VE) relation 5483654 Exeter - Lindsay Done
Riverdale Subdivision SP relation 3925077 Burrel - San Joaquin - Tranquillity - Ingle Done Southeastern end (Burrel to Kerman Branch) is abandoned.
Sunset Subdivision SUN (joint subsidiary of AT&SF/SP) relation 3983904 Gosford - end of line Done
West Side Subdivision SP relation 4259489 Fresno - Kerman - Mendota - Firebaugh - Oxalis Done

Ventura County Railroad (VCRR)

Total mileage: 9.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Main Line relation 6174172 Ventura - Naval Base Ventura County Complete, however many sidings and spurs need better naming and tagging Hauling new automobiles, petroleum products and wood products
Patterson Line relation 6174173 Ventura - Port Hueneme Done Tags change from usage=branch to usage=military at Naval Base boundary

End of Genesee & Wyoming section.

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ATAX)

Owns the trackage of the Alameda Corridor, a freight bypass built in 2002 to carry trains from the UP and BNSF mainlines to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Total mileage: 31.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Alameda Corridor relation 4565126 Long Beach - Port of Los Angeles - East Redondo (Los Angeles) Mostly complete Reviewed from satellite imagery. May be missing crossovers, etc. in cuttings and tunnels.

Baja California Railroad (BJRR)

A class III railroad operating via trackage rights on the 1.8 km of SDAE's San Ysidro Line (distinct from, connecting to SDAE's Blue Line). BJRR interchanges at the San Ysidro Yard as one of two freight operators here with the other (SDIY), where SDIY also has trackage rights. BJRR also has trackage rights on Desert, planning a rehabilitation of that line. See SDAE section.

Total mileage in USA: about 1 (1.8 km). Total mileage in Mexico: 44 (72 km).

Total mileage in USA is expected to increase during Desert Line rehabilitation. In June 2016, BJRR secured a 99-year lease with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDAE's owner of the Desert Line) to first rehabilitate, then operate industrial/freight on an additional 112.75 km (70.06 miles) of track on Desert between Campo, California and Plaster City, California. This US segment of line, with 57 bridges and 17 tunnels, is planned to be rehabilitated in three phases between "Division" (at the US-Mexico border) and Plaster City, California: Phase 1 Campo to Jacumba Hot Springs; Phase 2 Dos Cabezas (near Ocotillo Wells) to Plaster City; Phase 3 from Jacumba Hot Springs to Dos Cabezas. After rehabilitation efforts are completed, an additional BJRR interchange is possible with UP in Plaster City. It is not known what effect this might have on PIR, which has trackage rights on UP's El Centro Subdivision between Plaster City and Seeley; please clarify.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
San Ysidro relation 8137872 San Ysidro Yard Done The ~1 mile of SDAE where BJRR has trackage rights in San Diego, allowing BJRR to interchange with SDIY, via SDIY's operator agreement with SDAE.
Desert Line relation 4515759 Division (US-Mexico border) - Campo - Jacumba Hot Springs - Dos Cabezas - Plaster City Done, but could use "double-check review" Owned by SDAE, BJRR has trackage rights, which after BJRR's full rehabilitation of Desert will allow BJRR to interchange with UP at Plaster City.
Ferrocarril Tijuana Tecate relation 6184566 Tijuana - Tecate No TIGER review needed A Mexican railway (segments known as Linea UB); not under Caltrans or USA FRA jurisdiction.

Central California Traction Company (CCT)

Total mileage: 96. A Class III switching railroad jointly owned by UP and BNSF.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Sacramento Branch relation 9045275 Southeast Sacramento Done
Stockton Branch relation 6177218 Stockton - Lodi Done
Lodi Industrial Lead relation 6795993 Lodi Done Disappears over a bridge into a residential neighborhood: active rail or disused? Is/was the name of this "Woodbridge Industrial Lead?" Is this owner=CCT or owner=UP;operator=CCT?
Port of Stockton Industrial Lead relation 9050664 Stockton Done Contains many spurs not included in the relation

Fillmore & Western Railway (FWRY)

Total mileage: 28.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Santa Paula relation 4515619 East Ventura - Santa Paula - Fillmore - Piru Partial Supports Fillmore and Western Railway usage=tourism passenger route=trains. Tagged owner=Ventura County Transportation Commission, operator=Fillmore & Western Railway. ROW east of Piru once connected to Santa Clarita, but apparently tracks were washed out in a flood, they may be re-built (vague).

Lake County Railroad (LCR), Lake County Railway (LCY), Lake Railway

Total mileage: 54.45 miles (87.63 km). Based in Lakeview, Oregon, LCR is owned by (the People of) Lake County, Oregon with operator=* Frontier Rail as the Lake County Railway (LCY) from Lakeview to Alturas. Frontier Rail also operates on Union Pacific's Modoc Subdivision between Alturas and Perez as Lake Railway (not included in mileage total as it is UP line).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Lakeview Subdivision relation 6172156 Lakeview (Oregon) - Alturas Partially complete Both the California and Oregon segments of this branch are included. Operated by Frontier Rail as LCY from Lakeview to Alturas, hauling products for both the perlite mine and lumber from the Collins Fremont Sawmill. Not sure exactly where the change-of-ownership is with UP's Modoc Subdivision in Alturas, nor around Perez, if any.

Los Angeles Junction Railway (LJL)

Total mileage: 64 miles (103 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Los Angeles Junction Relation not defined yet Serves industrial areas in Vernon, Maywood, Bell and Commerce Incomplete A wholly owned subsidiary of BNSF, providing rail switching services in industrial-zoned areas of Los Angeles County. While rail (from TIGER import) now in OSM seems to represent some/all of this, none or very little is properly tagged with operator=* tags of Los Angeles Junction Railway.

Modesto and Empire Traction Company (MET)

Total mileage: 49.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
North Main relation 6184196 Modesto - Empire Complete, though would benefit by being checked one final time While the 9 km of usage=branch track between Modesto and Empire (North Main) is fully reviewed, much extra rail on this railroad (sidings, spurs, yards, crossovers) can benefit from additional/continuing review, perhaps 70 km of additional usage=industrial track in total. Hauls food products, wine, syrup, plastic and paper products.

Napa Valley Railroad (NVRR)

Total mileage: 18.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Napa Valley Railroad relation 5149956 Napa - Saint Helena Partially complete Supports Napa Valley Wine Train usage=tourism passenger route=trains and sees occasional freight/industrial service.

Niles Canyon Railway (NICX)

Total mileage: about 9.5 of preserved rail, half again as much when disused, abandoned and razed railway are included in the relation.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Niles Canyon Railway relation 3111553 Niles - Sunol - Pleasanton Partially complete Infrastructure tagged railway:preserved=yes. Supports Golden Gate Railroad Museum usage=tourism passenger route=trains between Niles and Sunol run by the Pacific Locomotive Association. Contains a fair amount of railway=disused and railway=abandoned segments to UP's Oakland Subdivision east of Pleasanton.

North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA), Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company (NWP), Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART)

North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) was formed in 1989 by the California Legislature to railbank 316 miles (508 km) of former Northwestern Pacific right of way. In 1992, NCRA purchased the railroad from Willits north (to line-end at Samoa). In 1995-6, a separate transaction added the line from Healdsburg north to the NCRA's holdings and provided for a joint powers authority, the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority (NWPRA) to own right of way from Healdsburg south to Larkspur for SMART passenger service. In 2003, NWPRA was dissolved into SMART. In 2006, NCRA began leasing to NWP rights to manage and operate trains; NWP is now exclusive common carrier of all industrial/freight and passenger excursion trains between Lombard and Willits. (At Schellville, CFNR grants trackage rights east to Lombard/Napa Jct., feeding CFNR's Schellville 20 km short line to connect further east to UP mainline Martinez Subdivision at Fairfield-Suisun). To summarize: line between Larkspur and Healdsburg depot (Larkspur to Cloverdale/Healdsburg Segment) are owned by SMART and Schelleville - Ignacio Wye and Healdsburg - Willits - Eureka/Samoa portions (Brazos Branch, Willits Segment, Eel River Block, Humboldt Bay Block) are owned by NCRA.

"Russian River Division" extends from Schellville west to US Highway 101 at Ignacio Wye near Novato, then north to Willits, about 244 km, including the 14 km segment south of Ignacio Wye to San Rafael. Eel River Block begins north of Willits, through Eel River Canyon to Humboldt County and South Fork, about 156 km. Humboldt Bay Block begins north of South Fork through Rio Dell, Fortuna, Eureka and Arcata, then around Humboldt Bay to Samoa, about 108 km. "Eel River Division" consists of Eel River Block plus Humboldt Bay Block, a total distance of about 264 km.

Traffic and activity vary greatly. Since mid-2011, freight is lightly active (grain, lumber, LPG, wine) between Schellville and Windsor, perhaps further north. SMART Phase 1 is now in regular passenger revenue service. As of 2019, significant Eel River Division track segments (north of Willits) are tagged railway=disused: all of Eel River Block and much of Humboldt Bay Block. There may be industrial/freight activity between Fortuna - Arcata, as well as short-run "speeders" between Eureka - Samoa. There is also controversial derelict motive power in Eureka. This is a dynamic railroad with much going on, so accurate updates are appreciated!

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Brazos Branch (aka "Lombard Segment") relation 4492836 Lombard via CFNR trackage rights - Schellville - Ignacio Wye (near Novato) Done Relation members are tagged usage=branch. CFNR has trackage rights granted from Schellville to Willits, interchanging with NWP at Lombard.
Larkspur to Cloverdale (aka "Healdsburg Segment") relation 4491389 Larkspur - San Rafael - Novato - Petaluma - Rohnert Park - Santa Rosa - Sonoma County Airport - Windsor - Healdsburg Done Supports SMART passenger=suburban route=trains. Before SMART Phase 1 (now), these members were tagged usage=branch. They are now tagged usage=main where there is active passenger service: San Rafael to Sonoma County Airport. (NWP is a temporal freight operator here on both main and branch track). San Rafael to Larkspur is under construction for early SMART Phase 2, by 2019. Between now and then, SMART and Golden Gate Transit partner to offer SMART passengers free bus service from San Rafael station to Larkspur Ferry Terminal, enabling passenger connections to San Francisco Ferry Terminal. Similar bus service also connects Sonoma County Airport station with Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale. The 2018 California State Rail Plan says Windsor might see trains by 2022, Healdsburg and Cloverdale by 2027, completing Phase 2. Then it makes sense to tag the entire corridor ("Larkspur to Cloverdale") usage=main, including segments north of Healdsburg to Cloverdale not owned by SMART but by NCRA offering trackage rights to SMART.
Willits Segment relation 4520158 Healdsburg - Cloverdale - Ukiah - Redwood Valley - Willits Partially complete May be known informally as "NWP Mainline," though relation members are tagged usage=branch. Tracks south of Willits to Redwood Valley are tagged railway=disused. It is believed (but not confirmed) that SERA has trackage rights to Willits Yard for Skunk Train.
Eel River Block relation 6636008 Willits - South Fork Partially complete May be known informally as "NWP Mainline," though relation members are tagged usage=branch. All track segments are tagged railway=disused.
Humboldt Bay Block relation 6854806 South Fork - Rio Dell - Fortuna - (Carlotta) - Eureka - Arcata - (Blue Lake) - Samoa Partially complete May be known informally as "NWP Mainline," though relation members are tagged usage=branch. Tracks north of Samoa Boulevard in Arcata and south from Rio Dell to South Fork are tagged railway=disused. The Arcata & Mad River Railway (to Blue Lake) and Carlotta spurs are abandoned, believed owned by NCRA.

Oakland Global Rail Enterprises (OGRE)

Total mileage: 10.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
West Oakland Pacific Railroad relation 8222064 Industrial areas around Oakland Army Base Done, but the railroad is seriously incomplete Owned by Oakland Global Rail Enterprises (Industrial Railways Company? Oakland Terminal Railway? West Oakland Pacific Railroad?) is not well represented (in existence and/or tagged) in OSM. The entire Oakland Union Pacific Intermodal Yard needs reworking.

Pacific Harbor Line (PHL)

Owned by Anacostia (a "railroad holding company"), this neutral switching railroad operates on 18 route miles (29 km) and 59 track miles (95 km) as well as facilities owned by both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. OSM data as of 2019 include hundreds of elements from TIGER import which continue to need Review and improvement, though there have been recent refinements and additions here. OSM data ("minor infrastructure and naming") and the table below may be incomplete w.r.t. PHL rail which is not its "main track," Marine Terminals, Station, Place and Track Names, Switch Designation, CTC and Interlocking Limits. Here is a diagram with no copyright; please use version 2.10.15 or newer.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
PHL Alameda Corridor Subdivision relation 9320492 West Thenard (Wilmington, Los Angeles) - LAXT (Port of Los Angeles) done by clay_c; double-checked by stevea Change-of-ownership might be zero to a half km S across the S Alameda Street bridge, this is estimated a bit. Note the ATAX corridor does not have "ATAX" in front of the name "Alameda Corridor Subdivision" but this Subdivision is prefixed with PHL (starting at that change-of-ownership boundary).
Long Beach Subdivision relation 9320493 West Thenard (Wilmington, Los Angeles) - Ocean Boulevard (Port of Long Beach) done by clay_c; double-checked by stevea
PHL San Pedro Subdivision relation 8075618 Wilmington, Los Angeles done by clay_c; double-checked by stevea Prefixed with PHL to distinguish it from UP San Pedro Subdivision.

Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR)

In 2013, freight operations on SDAE's San Ysidro and Desert Lines were conducted by Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR), interchanging with Baja California Railroad (BJRR). As of 2018, San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY), owned by Genesee and Wyoming, conducts freight operations on SDAE's Blue, Orange and San Ysidro Lines, interchanging at San Ysidro Yard with BJRR and San Diego Yard with BNSF. As of October 2017, PIR filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and sold its lease to operate freight for 99 years on Desert Line to BJRR. While BJRR now operates freight, MTS remains owner of Desert (as SDAE) and BJRR must pay SDAE (MTS) US$1 million a year for operator rights. BJRR has a three-phase plan to rehabilitate Desert, although as of February 2018 no rehabilitation work had begun. With this lease sale to BJRR, it appears PIR's only rail assets are operator rights on UP's El Centro Subdivision from Plaster City to Seeley; please clarify.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Pacific Imperial Railroad relation 8221943 Plaster City - Seeley Reviewed, but may not exist, as such an operator Believed to have operator rights over the portion of UP's El Centro Subdivision from Plaster City to Seeley. However, in June 2016, BJRR appears to have gained control over Desert, cutting PIR out of most operations and repairs; PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016 (it is complicated around here). Entered into this table entry here reiterating SDAE, SDIY, BJRR and UP El Centro Subdivision references. Needs additional clarification.

Pacific Sun Railroad (PSRR)

Owned and operated by Watco Companies (a "railroad holding company"). Total mileage: 62 (100 km). In addition to light freight/industrial usages on Miramar and Escondido Subdivision, PSRR has trackage rights on SDNR north from Miramar to Oceanside (~40-45 track miles) and north of Oceanside on OCTA's Orange Subdivision (SCAX/Metrolink) to Stuart Mesa Yard, performing switching services on these lines.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Miramar relation 6161047 Miramar - (Stuart Mesa) Done A short (< 3 km) freight/light industrial line with a few spurs, member ways tagged usage=industrial.
Escondido Subdivision relation 6161003 Escondido - San Marcos - Vista - Oceanside - (Stuart Mesa) Needs minor review Supports SDNX (North County Transit District, NCTD) passenger=urban route=light_rail trains as SPRINTER passenger service, member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Operates temporal (nighttime) light industrial/freight traffic, so member ways are also tagged usage=industrial.

Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board / Caltrain (JPBX)

Total mileage: 88 (141 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Peninsula Subdivision relation 7916804 San Francisco (King & 4th) - Millbrae - Palo Alto - Santa Clara - Tamien Done Supports Caltrain Baby Bullet, Limited and Local passenger=suburban route=trains. Trackage rights allow UP trains on the Coast Subdivision to travel through the JPBX-owned segment between Santa Clara and Tamien. Trackage rights allow Caltrain trains on the Coast Subdivision to travel through the UP-owned segment between Tamien and Gilroy. Electrification is now taking place (estimated completion 2020) between San Francisco and Tamien Station for California High Speed Rail integration (the so-called "northern bookend").

Quincy Railroad (QRR)

Total mileage: 3.27 (5.26 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Quincy Railroad relation 6289965 Quincy - UP Canyon Subdivision Done A switching and terminal railroad located at Quincy in Plumas County. QRR formerly operated a separate 37.5 km branch running over former Southern Pacific line from Wendel - Susanville (now abandoned).

Richmond Pacific Railroad (RPRC)

Total mileage: 6 (10 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Richmond Pacific Railroad relation 4614688 Richmond Shipping Terminal Done An industrial switching and terminal railroad serving the Port of Richmond.

Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority (????)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Placerville Branch relation 6289700 Folsom - Malby Crossing - Latrobe - Shingle Springs - El Dorado - Mission Flat Needs TIGER review Supports Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad and El Dorado Western Railroad usage=tourism passenger route=trains.

Sacramento Southern Railroad (SSRR)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Sacramento Southern Railroad relation 6142387 Sacramento - Walnut Grove Roughly entered Owned by the (People of the) state of California, 3 miles (5 km) of branch line south of Sacramento's UP interchange to support California State Railroad Museum usage=tourism excursion trains. To Walnut Grove (33 km) line is tagged railway=disused and/or railway=abandoned, however, light freight/industrial usage growth might extend movements further southward.

Sacramento Valley Railroad (SAV)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Sacramento Valley Railroad relation 6297117 McClellan No TIGER review required Owned by Patriot Rail, about 7 miles (12 km) of industrial lines and spurs to serve McClellan Business Park northeast of Sacramento, interchanging with UP on Martinez Subdivision. Roughly entered.

Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad (SPP)

Total mileage: 32 (52 km).

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC, the Santa Cruz Branch rail corridor's public ownership agency) selected a new operator in 2018: Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad Co. LLC, a Class III railroad and a subsidiary of Lakeville, Minnesota-based Progressive Rail, Incorporated. According to SCCRTC, "The operating agreement that (SCCRTC) has with...Progressive Rail...is broken up into two phases. Phase I allows Progressive Rail to provide freight service on the south end of the line to existing freight customers in Watsonville. Phase II of the agreement (has activated since SCCRTC) completed the Unified Corridor Study (UCS)...and (made) a decision on the future use of the rail line. (As SCCRTC made in January, 2019) the decision to keep the tracks in place and pursue potential passenger rail service, which is consistent with its existing policy and its decisions over more than two decades, then the agreement...remain(s) in place for 10 more years (over) the entire length of the rail line."

SCCRTC's "UCS Preferred Scenario" (page 7) notes the "time frame for Project Completion" on the "Rail Right‐of‐Way" for "High-capacity public transit service" is "Mid Term," or 2035. It also says (page 12) "operating improvements are intended to be delivered in the near term wherever practicable, from 2022 to 2027." Ostensibly, this includes "keeping freight and excursion (non‐commuter) passenger service on the rail line" (page 2). No excursion service exists in 2019, however, SPP can operate such trains.

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Santa Cruz Branch relation 4710692 Pajaro - Watsonville - Santa Cruz - Davenport Complete Hosts light freight/industrial service (lumber, frozen food, biodiesel matter) for SPP, sole operator=* on this 140-year-old branch, interchanging with Union Pacific at Watsonville Junction. Might also operate seasonal usage=tourism trains, as track/bridge rehabilitation completes. May offer passenger=urban revenue service in the "mid term" future with transfer at a future Pajaro Station. This would allow passenger connections to a planned southerly extension of (initially) Caltrain passenger=suburban, then Amtrak California's Capitol Corridor passenger=regional services to Salinas and Amtrak Coast Starlight (and possibly future Coast Daylight) passenger=national service to Los Angeles, as well as connections to Gilroy and San José/Diridon's (passenger=suburban and passenger=urban) trains (correspondences with Caltrain, ACE, VTA and future BART and CAHSR). A parallel mixed-use (pedestrian/bicycle) trail is in segmented early phases of construction.

San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway (SDAE), San Diego and Arizona Railway (SDAX)

Complexities in San Diego partly arise from difficult physical trackage on SDAE's Desert branch, tumultuous corporate ownership and financing histories and a number of different railroads providing widely different services in the area. An SDAE / SDAX and San Diego area summary: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) owns SDAE, primarily providing passenger=urban services as SDTI, while Genesee & Wyoming has temporal (nighttime) industrial/freight trackage operator rights on SDAE's Blue, Orange and the short segment of San Ysidro as SDIY. SDIY interchanges with BJRR at San Ysidro Yard and with BNSF at San Diego Yard (Cesar E. Chavez Parkway). BNSF owns San Diego Subdivision, connected by trackage rights to Oceanside on SDNR and Fullerton on SCAX. BJRR also has trackage rights on Desert from Division to Plaster City, however, this segment is planned to be rehabilitated. SDAX (original parent railroad of SDAE) offers museum/tourism passenger trains near Campo on SDAE's Desert infrastructure. (PSRR is a switching railroad in the area, but not on SDAE / SDAX trackage). It is a bit complicated around here!

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Blue relation 6159026 San Diego - San Ysidro Looks good Owned by MTS as SDAE to support San Diego Trolley UC San Diego Blue Line (route=light_rail passenger=urban service) during daytime and evening hours, member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Are Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Blue SDTI? San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY, owned by Genesee & Wyoming) operates light industrial/freight during nighttime hours (0200-0330), these segments should be tagged usage=industrial. Hauling agricultural products, corn syrup, lumber, malt, propane, petroleum products and pulp. The Mid-Coast Trolley Project relation 9311514 is under construction to extend passenger service on Blue from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and Westfield UTC; revenue service anticipated to begin in 2021.
Orange relation 6159028 San Diego - El Cajon Looks good Owned by MTS as SDAE to support San Diego Trolley Orange Line (route=light_rail passenger=urban service) during daytime and evening hours, member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Are Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Orange SDTI? San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY, owned by Genesee & Wyoming) operates light industrial/freight during nighttime hours (0200-0330), these segments should be tagged usage=industrial. Hauling agricultural products, corn syrup, lumber, malt, propane, petroleum products and pulp.
Green relation 6159081 San Diego - La Mesa Looks good Owned by MTS to support San Diego Trolly Green Line (route=light_rail passenger=urban service) during daytime and evening hours. No industrial/freight operates on Green, it is "passenger only," member ways tagged railway=light_rail with no additional usage=* tags. Are Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Green SDTI? Green was built by/for MTS after purchase of SDAE from SP, so is Green infrastructure SDAE or SDTI?
San Ysidro relation 8137872 San Ysidro Done Owned by MTS as SDAE. San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY, owned by Genesee & Wyoming) has trackage rights on this ~1-mile long segment, interchanging with BJRR as it also has trackage rights here. Not known if the name of this segment is correct or whether it is, in fact, part of Blue Line, to which it connects, or Desert Line, to which it more closely logically associates, as it is physically discontiguous (due to Mexico segment of BJRR). While SDIY has trackage rights on Blue, BJRR does not.
Desert relation 4515759 Division (Mexican border near Campo) - Plaster City Done, but could use "double-check review" Owned by MTS as SDAE. Only the California segment is included in the relation, excluded is the Mexico segment (Ferrocarril Tijuana-Tecate) as SP divested this in 1970 before MTS purchased SDAE. BJRR has trackage rights on Desert, planning a three phase rehabilitation. (See BJRR section). A segment of Desert north of Division to Campo supports Golden State usage=tourism demonstration passenger route=trains at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum as SDAX, original parent railroad of SDAE.
Coronado relation 6159489 San Diego (12th Street Junction) - Imperial Beach Looks good Owned by MTS as SDAE. Had some SDIY usage=industrial traffic (potash, salt) up to the early 2000s, then "the diamonds were removed" and Coronado became fully abandoned. Lines are tagged railway=abandoned. A significant portion of the right-of-way has become infrastructure for the relation Bayshore Bikeway, a local route=bicycle that rings San Diego Bay.

San Diego Northern Railway (SDNR)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
NCTD San Diego Subdivision relation 4727062 San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - Solana Beach - Oceanside Done Supports SDNR COASTER passenger=suburban route=trains (with all local stops) and Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional (with fewer stops). Owned by North County Transit District (NCTD). SDNR has trackage rights on OCTA's Orange Subdivision from Oceanside to Stuart Mesa Yard. BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator from San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - Oceanside (and from Oceanside - Fullerton on SCAX).

San Francisco Bay Railroad (SFBR)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
San Francisco Bay Railroad Relation not defined yet San Francisco (Southern Waterfront/Piers 80 & 94/96) Needs "light and easy" TIGER review. About 8 km of line (projected to grow to about 12 km, while service area remains the same). A Class III railroad consisting of a short series of industrial lines and spurs to serve the Port of San Francisco with UP interchange. Also may operate RPRC with BNSF interchange.
Mare Island Rail Service (MIRS) relation 6271605 Vallejo/Flosden Acres - Mare Island Done An industrial railroad to serve Mare Island from an interchange with CFNR's Vallejo branch. Unknown is whether SFBR is owner, operator or both.

Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway (SCBG)

Total mileage: 9 miles (15 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway relation 4710708 Santa Cruz - Felton (Roaring Camp) - Olympia Mostly complete Supports Santa Cruz Beach Train usage=tourism (or heritage) passenger route=trains, sees light freight use (lumber) as usage=industrial.

Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMV)

Total mileage: 14 (22 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Main relation 6186589 Santa Maria - Guadalupe Completed by stevea Tagged usage=branch though usage=industrial and/or railway:traffic_mode=freight may be more correct. Hauling asphalt, fertilizer, fresh and frozen food products, gypsum wallboard, lumber, machinery, petroleum products, plastic, scrap iron.
Airbase relation 9045459 Hancock Field Done Tagged usage=industrial.

Sierra Northern Railway (SERA)

Total mileage: 68 (109 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
California Western Railroad relation 4710758 Fort Bragg - Willits Partially complete Tagged as usage=tourism and railway:preserved=yes. Supports Skunk Train route=train. Freight service ended in 2001, though may be revived in future.
Sonora Subdivision relation 3965922 Oakdale - Sonora Complete Supports freight traffic and Sierra Railroad Dinner Train route=train. Tagged as railway:preserved=yes along route of passenger train.
Riverbank Subdivision relation 4659185 Riverbank - Oakdale Seems complete
Woodland relation 4498375 West Sacramento - Woodland Seems complete Supports freight traffic and Sacramento RiverTrain passenger route=train. Tagged as railway:preserved=yes along route of passenger train.

Southern California Regional Rail Authority / Metrolink (SCAX)

The SCRRA is a joint powers authority governed by five county-level member agencies: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). Rail supporting Metrolink passenger service is either owned by one of the member agencies (as in the table below, please correct/update), used via "operator rights" while remaining owned by a railroad company like UP or BNSF, and/or may be "in shared service" with another (non-member) transportation agency, such as the joint powers authorities funded by Caltrans' Division of Rail as Amtrak California. (It is complicated around here). Total owned rail = 533 miles (859 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Montalvo Subdivision relation 6799849 East Ventura - FWRY Santa Paula Line Done Supports Metrolink Ventura County Line (Yellow) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), FWRY may have trackage rights.
Olive Subdivision relation 8277305 Orange - Anaheim Canyon - Atwood Done Supports Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator (only).
Orange Subdivision relation 4540474 Oceanside - San Clemente - San Juan Capistrano - Irvine - Santa Ana - Anaheim - Fullerton Done Supports Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional, Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) and Metrolink Orange County Line (Orange) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). BNSF has trackage rights as operator (only) from San Diego - Oceanside - Fullerton.
Pasadena Subdivision relation 6656826 Claremont - Irwindale Done Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial. Follows right-of-way of LA Metro Gold Line extension. BNSF has trackage rights.
Perris Valley Subdivision relation 4503625 Riverside/Hunter Park - Moreno Valley - Perris Done Supports Metrolink 91/Perris Valley Line (Blue) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), BNSF has freight operator rights (only).
Redlands Subdivision relation 6290074 San Bernardino - Redlands Done Owned by SCRRA. New passenger service on the San Bernardino-Redlands Passenger Rail Corridor, a 14 km eastward rail extension from San Bernardino to Redlands and Mentone, is planned by the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). Present plans are to extend Metrolink service to the San Bernardino Transit Center as the "Redlands Passenger Rail Project" and use diesel multiple units operated by Omnitrans in lieu of Metrolink locomotive-hauled coaches on the rest of the route. The future service to be known as "Arrow" is a project budgeted at $242 million. Mainline construction is underway with service starting in 2021. Stops will include Downtown San Bernardino, San Manuel Stadium, Tippecanoe Avenue, Downtown Redlands and University of Redlands.
Rialto Subdivision relation 6722844 Rialto Done Old Pacific Electric right-of-way owned by SCRRA (possibly through SANBAG). UP has trackage rights.
River Subdivision relation 6799683 Valley Sub/CP Taylor - San Gabriel Sub/CP Pasadena Jct - Los Angeles Sub/CP Soto St. Jct - San Bernardino Sub/CP Soto Done All Metrolink Lines except for Red use this complex connector trackage, as all mainline tracks at LA Union Station are included. While this is TIGER-reviewed, it very likely still has minor errors. Believed to be owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Source = ca_rail_schematics.pdf, April, 2016 version, an excellent, comprehensive hypertext (with clickable links) PDF document detailing California passenger rail track infrastructure.
San Gabriel Subdivision relation 4544584 Los Angeles - El Monte - Covina - Rancho Cucamonga - San Bernardino Looks OK Supports Metrolink San Bernardino Line (Maroon) passenger=suburban route=trains. Not known which SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) member agency(ies) is/are owner(s): SANBAG in SB County and Metro in LA County? BNSF is a "trackage rights tenant."
San Jacinto Branch relation 9300229 Perris - Hemet - San Jacinto Done Trackage owned by Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), not used by passenger trains. It is not known whether BNSF continues to operate freight trains on this track - please review.
Shortway Subdivision relation 4547213 San Bernardino - CP Rana Done Supports Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). Unknown if BNSF has trackage rights.
Valley Subdivision relation 5621446 Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Sylmar - Newhall - Lancaster - Palmdale Done Supports Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (Green) passenger=suburban route=trains. old_railway_operator=* was Southern Pacific (SP). Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX), UP has trackage rights (only). Note there is a different Valley Subdivision in UP's Roseville Division (Northern California) Mainline section (Roseville - Chico - Dunsmuir).
Ventura Subdivision relation 6196233 Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Van Nuys - Northridge - Chatsworth - Simi Valley - Moorpark Done Supports Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional and Metrolink Ventura County Line (Yellow) passenger=suburban route=trains. UP and BNSF have trackage rights. old_railway_operator=* was Southern Pacific (SP).

Southern California Railway Museum (OERY)

Previously Orange Empire Railway Museum (hence the reporting mark of OERY).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Museum Tram The single way way is entered. Perris - Southern California Railway Museum Complete Supports Southern California Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=tram.
Loop Line The dual-gauge way Loop Line is entered. Southern California Railway Museum Complete Supports Southern California Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=train.

Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad (STE)

Total mileage: 25 (40 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad relation 6270902 Stockton - Linden Begun, but not very far along Owned by Omnitrax (a "rail holding company"), interchanging with UP and BNSF around Stockton via CCT. Roughly entered, tracks need better naming. Hauling and interchanging agriculture, asphalt, cement, chemicals, food, lumber, steel.

Trona Railway (TRC)

Total mileage: 31 (50 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Trona Railway relation 6176689 Searle - Trona Partially complete Owned by Searles Valley Minerals/Nirma. Hauling sulfuric acid, soda ash, potash, salt cake, borax, coal, minerals and material for NAWS China Lake.

Western Railway Museum (WRM)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Dozier to Cannon relation 6291770 Dozier - Cannon Needs TIGER review Tagged usage=tourism and railway:preserved=yes. Was old Sacramento Northern Railway, now part of Western Railway Museum. Believed to be seldom if ever used (to connect to UP).
Dozier to Pittsburg relation 6291754 Dozier - Pittsburg Needs TIGER review Tagged usage=tourism and railway:preserved=yes. Supports Western Railway Museum passenger=local? route=trains. Some portions are electrified and tagged with electrified=contact_line. Contains segments of railway=abandoned.

Yreka Western Railroad (YWRR)

Total mileage: 9 (14.5 km).

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Yreka Western Railroad relation 6174231 Yreka - Montague Done Into the early 20-teens, supported usage=tourism steam-powered excursion route=train, Blue Goose, but no longer. Tracks are tagged railway=preserved from when they were owned by Rocky Mountain Railroad & Mining Museum for Blue Goose. However, now owned by Railmark Holdings (a "railroad holding company"), YWRR sees light usage=industrial freight use (forest products and wood chips, propane).

Private Railroads

Designated by the Surface Transportation Board, some privately owned rail infrastructure receive a waiver under US legal code regarding railroads and so are not classified as Common Carriers.

Southwest Portland Cement Railroad (SWPC)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Mojave Northern Railroad relation 6377611 Victorville - Black Mountain No remaining TIGER tags, seems reviewed This is a private railroad, not a common carrier (serves/owned by CEMEX). Ways are tagged usage=industrial for this limestone mining railroad.

United States Gypsum (USG)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Plaster City Railroad relation 6176602 Plaster City - Gypsum Mine Done This is a private railroad, not a common carrier (serves/owned by United States Gypsum). A 42 km long narrow-gauge (914 mm) industrial railroad between USG's gypsum mine and plaster-board factory.

West Isle Line (WFS)

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Alpaugh Branch relation 3112882 Alpaugh - BNSF's Bakersfield Subdivision Complete This is a private railroad, not a common carrier (serves/owned by Crop Production Services, Inc., a subsidiary company of Agrium; was Western Farm Service)

Disused lines

Lines, expressed as route=railway relations, that don't have regular traffic but with all infrastructure in place. Tracks are tagged railway=disused.

This table is believed only partially complete. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Almanor Railroad relation 6168040 Clear Creek Junction - Chester Western spurs are reviewed, most of this ~20 km line is not reviewed
Eagle Mountain Railroad relation 6289785 Ferrum (Yuma Subdivision) - Eagle Mountain Not reviewed Kaiser Steel closed the mine and railway in 1986. There were plans to revive the railway to serve a developing sanitary landfill at the mine site but these plans were cancelled after numerous lawsuits and decreased landfill demand due to urban recycling programs in California. There may be damage to tracks in places due to flooding/washouts.
Eel River Block relation 6636008 Willits - South Fork Needs TIGER Review All segments are tagged railway=disused. See NCRA.
Fresno Interurban District relation 3416898 Fresno - Riverbend Done Part is railway=disused and part is railway=abandoned.
Marine Railway The single way way is entered. Point Reyes Done A very short piece of rail on a pier
Newark Industrial Lead relation 6714344 San Francisco Bay (near Newark) - East Palo Alto Done The portion actually IN San Francisco Bay connecting to Redwood Junction Industrial Lead

Abandoned lines

Former railroad lines, whether still visible on the ground or not, correctly expressed as route=railway relations. Ways are usually tagged railway=abandoned, occasionally railway=disused or rarely railway=razed.

There are entries in the Railtrail and "Transitway" table (below) which contain significant segments of abandoned rail. It can be a bit of a coin-toss whether they should be here or there.

These tables are incomplete. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!

Southern Pacific

Tag these with old_railway_operator=SP.

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
4th Street Line SP relation 6680513 Warm Springs Subdivision (San José near N 3rd St) - Coast Subdivision (San José near Capitol VTA) What is known and entered needs no additional TIGER attention Union Pacific (via Southern Pacific) abandoned this, not known when. Kind of patchy but largely believed correct. A small portion is active to serve Luther Industrial Spur.
Araz to Andrade SP relation 6773603 Yuma Subdivision - Andrade Seems OK for what it is Part of SP subsidiary Inter-California Railway, which continued through Mexico to Calexico
Alhambra to Pasadena SP relation 8221599 Alhambra - Pasadena No TIGER tags Missing some segments around Arroyo Seco Parkway
Coalinga Branch SP relation 3285459 Coalinga - Hanford Done
Colusa Branch SP relation 6452181 Colusa - Harrington Done, but relation is incomplete as more segments need to be added Abandoned by Southern Pacific Railroad in segments in 1973, 1976 and 1984. There remain abandoned segments (Hamilton - Colusa - Ordbend) not entered.
Eastside Line SP relation 3282316 Fresno - Reedly - Dinuba - Exeter - Lindsay - Porterville - Famoso (Fresno Subdivision/UP) Done Made up of Eastside Line and Exeter Subdivision segments.
Flanigan Industrial Lead SP relation 4510756 Susanville Union Pacific (via Southern Pacific) seems to have abandoned this, not known exactly when. Might have once been part of Quincy Railroad. The portion west of Susanville which connects to UP's Gateway Subdivision (near Mason Station, south Lassen National Forest) is named "Biz Johnson Trail" and may need better tagging as a rail-trail.
Kentucky House Branch SP relation 6673810 Lodi - Valley Springs - Kentucky House (near Calaveras) Union Pacific (via Southern Pacific) seems to have abandoned this, not known exactly when.
Kerman Branch SP The single way segment of track is entered. Kerman - Armona Done
Lick Branch SP relation 6680490 CP Lick (San Jose) - Guadalupe Ponds - Almaden Lake What VERY little is known needs no additional TIGER attention Union Pacific (via Southern Pacific) abandoned this, not known when. Current Bing trace is sketchy and only goes as far as Guadalupe Ponds, while part of this became VTA's Chynoweth - Almaden light_rail line.
McKittrick Branch SP relation 3983837 Buttonwillow - McKittrick Partly done An abandoned portion off the west end of the Buttonwillow Subdivision
Modoc Subdivision SP relation 8138485 South of Alturas (near Signal Butte) - south to the edge of Sierra Army Depot - Nevada state line Partly done An abandoned portion off the south end of UP's (active) Modoc Subdivision
Richgrove Spur SP relation 6858020 Richgrove - Trocha - Jovista Name is likely wrong
Springville Branch SP relation 3330021 Porterville - Worth quarry Done Shared with existing roads for some segments
Winters Branch SP relation 6790916 Esparto - south towards Winters Done May extend much farther south (to Winters), but all traces seem to be gone. Part of Vaca Valley and Clear Lake Railroad, which was acquired by SP.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe

Tag these with old_railway_operator=AT&SF.

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation or Way Route TIGER Review Notes
Barnwell District AT&SF relation 6864469 Goffs - Barnwell - Leastalk (modern-day Ivanpah) - Ivanpah Mapped southeast of Leastalk, except for a segment in the Vontrigger Hills no longer traceable.
Laton District AT&SF The single way segment of track is entered. Laton - Lanare Done
Oakland District AT&SF Relation not defined yet Richmond - Oakland Not done Much of this line was reused for the Richmond and Ohlone Greenways. What's left has been redeveloped, though parts can be seen on satellite/aerial imagery when inspected carefully. Do not map through built-up areas, as similar edits in Fresno have been reverted.
Porterville - Orosi District AT&SF relation 3231337 Minkler - Orange Cove - Lindsay - Exeter - Porterville - Terra Bella - Ducor - (gap) - Landco - Bakersfield Done Also contains Landco Subdivision
Randsburg District AT&SF The single way segment of track is entered. Kramer Jct. - Johannesburg An abandoned railroad for a mining operation which also saw passenger service 1898-1933
Riverview Spur AT&SF relation 7717108 Tosco - Riverview Farms Not done Spur line from the Blythe Subdivision to Riverview Farm & Cattle during 1954-1982.
Ultra Branch AT&SF The single way segment of track is entered Ducor - Ultra Done A 10 km industrial spur owned by Tulare Valley Railroad, operated by SJVR under contract to Cannella Chemical, its only customer. Abandoned in 2011 by STB Docket No. AB 397 (Sub-No. 7X). Formerly part of Porterville-Orosi District.
Visalia District AT&SF relation 2913863 Corcoran - Tulare - Visalia - Dinuba - Reedley - Calwa (S of Fresno) Appears to be done This is a MOSTLY abandoned railway, parts are disused, parts are rail-trail
Wahtoke District AT&SF relation 3285443 Reedley - Piedra Appears to be done
Woodlake Spur AT&SF way 214601814 Hillmaid - Woodlake Done

Western Pacific

Tag these with old_railway_operator=WP, or with old_railway_operator=SN if the line was part of the Sacramento Northern.

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Concord to Pittsburg SN relation 9303374 Concord - Port Chicago - Pittsburg mapped by clay_c; please double-check
Dozier to Sacramento SN relation 6805052 Dozier - Sacramento Needs TIGER review Was old Sacramento Northern Railway
Oakland to Walnut Creek SN relation 9303375 Oakland - Moraga - Lafayette - Walnut Creek mapped by clay_c; please double-check
Sacramento Northern Railway (abandoned) SN relation 6290039 Durham - Live Oak Done on northern sections, but southern bikeway sections need review Absorbed by Western Pacific and abandoned. Also found in Rail Trail section.
San José Industrial Lead WP, UP relation 6680339 Berryessa/Bayshore - Kelley Park - Willow Glen - Vasona Branch Done Western Pacific (WP) to Union Pacific (UP) to abandonment or thereabouts; some segments are tagged railway=disused, railway=abandoned or railway=razed.
Sierra Northern ROW SN relation 6945799 Riverview - Willow Point - Coniston - Central - Greendale - Sorroca - Valdez Needs TIGER review Not known when this was abandoned. Slightly discontiguous, some segments are marked railway=razed. This was probably acquired by the Sierra Northern from the Sacramento Northern.
Vacaville SN relation 6746811 Willota - Vacaville Junction - Vacaville - Dixon? Incomplete

Other Class I railroads

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Hambone - Lookout Great Northern (GN) relation 6741080 Hambone - Lookout Done BNSF abandoned rail, not known exactly when.

Independent / subsidiary railroads

Name old_railway_operator=* (where known) Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Arcata & Mad River Railway AMR relation 6855096 Arcata - Glendale - Blue Lake Was never entered by TIGER An 11-km ROW believed to be owned by NCRA. A "surviving" and obviously-Bing-identifiable segment is the Mad River Bridge, there may be others.
Bodie & Benton Railway relation 6744925 Bodie Ghost Town - East of Mono Lake Needs TIGER review An abandoned 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge railroad for a mining operation 1881-1917.
Carson and Colorado Railway relation 6744924 Lone Pine Subdivision near Ash Creek Road (Mono County) - Lone Pine - Bishop - Chicago Canyon - Mound House (Nevada) Needs TIGER review An abandoned 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge railroad which may be in the process of restoration at Laws, California. Acquired by the Southern Pacific. Supports Laws Railroad Museum?
Death Valley Railroad DVRR The single way segment of track is entered. KMI Zeolite Mine - Ryan Done "Baby Gauge" Railroad, Pacific Coast Borax Company, tagged railway=disused
Epsom Salts Monorail The single way segment of track is entered. Trona - Owlshead Mountains An abandoned 45 km mining monorail to mine magnesium sulfate during 1924-1926.
Holton Inter-Urban Railway relation 6773364 El Centro - Holtville Needs TIGER review Largely if not completely railway=abandoned, not known exactly when. Scant/sketchy rail appearing in Bing imagery might or should be tagged railway=disused. Messy.
Long Bell Lumber Company Railroad relation 6741116 Tennant - Leaf A disjointed relation of what has been called "an ever-changing network of branches and spurs" An old industrial/logging railroad with little available data. Needs a lot of work!
McCloud Railway relation 6172147 (Mount Shasta/Main), relation 6741104 (Burney Branch) Mount Shasta - McCloud - (Burney) - Hambone Partly done Segments Mount Shasta, Yard and a short segment of Main east of McCloud were active for the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train (defunct since 2010). Now tagged railway=disused, please re-tag these railway=abandoned if rail and ties have been removed. The vast majority of railway (east of McCloud to Hambone at UP's Gateway Subdivision) is tagged railway=abandoned. Southerly spur Burney Branch is in a relation different from the previously identified segment. Both relations share members as part of mountain bike route (route=mtb) Great Shasta Rail Trail.
Pacific Coast Railway relation 6454615 Avila Beach - San Luis Obispo - Arroyo Grande - Nipomo - Santa Maria, Orcutt - Los Alamos - Los Olivos Partially complete An abandoned narrow-gauge (914 mm) railroad hauling freight and passengers from 1882-1941
Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad relation 6714512 Petaluma - Santa Rosa Incomplete Parts of this are now known as Joe Rodota Trail, a highway=cycleway. A discontiguous, confused route relation.
Picacho and Colorado River Railroad The single way segment of track is entered. Picacho State Recreational Area No TIGER tags A 4.5 mile narrow gauge railroad in Picacho that ran between a mine and a stamp mill during the 1900s decade. A segment is missing due to washouts.
South Pacific Coast Railroad SPC relation 6773733 Zayante - Clems - Glenwood - Laurel - Wrights - Los Gatos Done No TIGER tags, but needs much work. Rumored to have continued to San Francisco Bay at Alviso (on what are now Vasona Industrial Lead and Coast Subdivision?). This is a very storied route and much data seem available but OSM must be cautious about what can be entered while adhering to our ODbL. Let's do a survey!
Stone Canyon Railroad relation 6730365 Camp Roberts - Stone Canyon quarry Done, though pretty rough Shared with existing roads for some segments
Sunset Railway SUN relation 6454668 SW end of Sunset Railroad - San Emidio - (Hazelton - Maricopa) - Taft - Fellows - oilfields Partially complete The segments from Taft through Fellows and NW to the oilfields are incomplete. Abandoned in stages in 1960, 1976 and early 2000s. Co-owned by SP and AT&SF.
Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad TT relation 6746903 Ludlow - Baker - Shoshone - Death Valley Jct. - Beatty (Nevada) - Goldfield (Nevada) Needs TIGER review An abandoned railroad for a borax mining operation 1907-1945
Visalia Electric Railroad VE relation 6698965 Strathmore - Lindsay - near Kaweah River Appears to be done Not much is known about this abandoned railway. It was a subsidiary of SP.

Unsorted

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Alcoa Spur AT&SF? relation 6728052 Torrance - West Carson No additional TIGER attention needed, though may not be entire right-of-way (ROW) An old AT&SF ROW?
Alla relation 6729729 Redondo Beach Done
Alta Mesa Spur relation 6775796 Palo Alto Done Name is a guess. Considering how Foothill Expressway continues to Vasona Branch, may have once been a northern part of Vasona.
Barber to Paradise relation 6773660 Chico - Paradise Needs TIGER review Name is likely wrong
Calistoga Branch The single way segment of track is entered Calistoga Done Little is known
Camp San Luis Obispo relation 6773663 Camp San Luis Obispo Done Appears to have been a military spur to serve Camp SLO. Does not have name tags on track elements nor on the relation.
Carlotta NWP? The single way segment of track is entered Fortuna - Carlotta Done ROW believed to be part of NCRA
Coronado relation 6159489 San Diego (12th Street Junction) - Imperial Beach Looks good Owned by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as SDAE. Had some SDIY usage=industrial traffic (potash, salt) in the 1990s and early 2000s, then abandoned.
Fallbrook Branch relation 6714270 Stuart Mesa - MCAS Camp Pendleton - NWS Fallbrook Annex - Fallbrook Incomplete Partially military rail near southern portion, largely abandoned
Inglewood Branch relation 6729728 Marina Del Rey Done
Lakewood Industrial Lead UP relation 6698808 Long Beach Done Union Pacific abandoned this south of about Cover Street, not known when.
Larkspur to Tiburon NWP? relation 6794234 Larkspur - Reed - Tiburon Done Name is likely wrong. Believed to be old NWP ROW.
Milpitas Industrial Lead relation 6775759 Fremont Done A small segment seems to be a gravel rail-trail
Monterey Branch relation 6773687 Castroville - Monterey - Pacific Grove Needs TIGER review Part hike-and-bike trail. Likely could be tagged railway=disused as the rail itself is pretty rough: there is a sign at the at-grade Highway 183 crossing that says "Tracks out of service." Not known if (or when) abandoned or if merely disused. Publicly owned by Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC).
Owens Lake Rail relation 6807727 Keeler - Swansea Done One segment through Keeler came from TIGER, the other was traced from USGS and Bing. Quite rough; very little is known.
Paramount Industrial Lead (abandoned, disused) relation 6283261 Paramount - Bellflower - Cypress - Garden Grove - Santa Ana Done A discontiguous collection of mixed railway=disused and railway=abandoned ways
Placerville (abandoned) relation 6801690 Placerville Needs TIGER review Parts of this are now known as El Dorado Trail, a highway=cycleway.
Redondo Beach Branch relation 6728023 Manhattan Beach - Redondo Beach Part of this is now a dirt running trail
Sandia Industrial Lead relation 6773363 Calipatria - Holtville Needs TIGER review Sketchy
San Anselmo to Sausalito NWP? relation 6794233 San Anselmo - Larkspur - Mill Valley - Sausalito Done Name is likely wrong. Believed to be old NWP ROW. Quite a bit of this is now repurposed as the multi-purpose (bike/ped) Mill Valley - Sausalito Path.
San Ramon Valley Branch relation 6730470 Concord - Pleasanton Done Largely has become the Iron Horse Trail (pedestrian/cycleway).
Tustin Branch relation 6728366 Tustin - Orange OK TIGER status
Venta Spur relation 6728070 Tustin - Woodbury Done Part running trail today

Railtrails and "Transitways"

A railtrail uses a former railroad right-of-way (ROW) for equestrian, bicycle or hiking paths, preserving the ROW for possible future re-use as a railway while providing a useful service in the meantime. These are often tagged highway=cycleway or highway=footway depending on whether they prefer or allow bicycle or pedestrian traffic. It is OK to tag both railway=abandoned and highway=cycleway if it is the case that an abandoned railway became a railtrail (for bicycle use, for example). Where a (multi-use) pathway is designated for pedestrians but also allows bicycles, tag highway=footway and bicycle=yes.

The LA Metro Orange Line is nearly completely a railway=abandoned and also a type=route bus=designated. The ROW used to be Burbank Branch Line which provided passenger rail service from 1904 to 1920 and by Pacific Electric streetcars from 1938 to 1952. In OSM, "transitway" emerges: Orange is not railtrail, it is best considered "transitway" as the ROW is access=no and there are parallel segments for bicycles and pedestrians. Parts of the LA Metro Silver Line (also type=route bus=designated) superimpose upon segments of separately tagged railway=abandoned, so Silver is also best considered "transitway."

There are entries in the Abandoned tables (above) which contain significant segments of railtrail (usually bike/ped). It can be a bit of a coin-toss whether they should be here or there.

This table is incomplete. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!

Name Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Bizz Johnson Trail relation 2381165 Susanville west to Mason Station on BNSF's Gateway Subdivision Reviewed by stevea Regional hiking, bicycle trail. Also, route=mtb. Believed to be part of Quincy Railroad at one time.
Burbank Chandler Bikeway The single 5 km long way way is entered Downtown Burbank - near North Hollywood Metro Station Reviewed by natfoot Tagged railway=razed
Great Shasta Rail Trail relation 7645912 McCloud, easterly and southerly with Burney Branch Partially complete Tagged railway=abandoned from McCloud River Railroad, a rural forest mountain bike rail-trail.
Hammond Trail relation 6855097 McKinleyville Incomplete Tagged railway=abandoned in parts, an oceanside mixed use (bike-ped) rail-trail. Ways are tagged Hammond Lumber Company Railway.
Joe Rodota Trail Relation not defined yet Santa Rosa - Sebastopol Incomplete Tagged railway=abandoned
Ojai - Ventura Bike Path relation 2790362 Ojai - Ventura Incomplete The significant segment is tagged railway=abandoned
Metro Orange Line Busway relation 6256034 North Hollywood - Warner Center - Chatsworth Reviewed by stevea Relation members are tagged railway=abandoned. While this is a route=railway, "higher level" passenger=urban route=bus 901 relation 9282718 (incorporating these infrastructure elements) may become LA Metro's F Line by 2021.
Metro Silver Line Busway relation 6749558 El Monte - Downtown Los Angeles - Gardena (Harbor Gateway Transit Center) - San Pedro No remaining TIGER tags Relation members are tagged railway=abandoned. While this is a route=railway, "higher level" passenger=urban route=bus 910 relation 8210399 and route=bus 950 relation 8210550 (superimposing on these infrastructure elements) may become LA Metro's G Line by 2021. Silver Line connects to all Metro Rail lines, though it will not serve Crenshaw/LAX Line when it opens in 2019.
Sacramento Northern Railway (abandoned) relation 6290039 Sacramento - Rio Lindo - (lengthy gap) - Live Oak - East of Gridley - Thermalito Afterbay - Durham Needs TIGER review Part bikeway as Sacramento Northern Bike Trail, part railway=abandoned, with large segments/gaps unentered, though largely identifiable in Bing. Also in the Western Pacific section of the Abandoned tables above. Should this be split both here and there?

Passenger trains

Passenger trains' tracks, stations and platforms are properly collected into route=train relations, or relations tagged route=light_rail, route=subway or route=tram when those are the underlying rail infrastructure. A convention in this wiki emerges: public_transport:version=1 routes are in table column headers as Relation and public_transport:version=2 routes are in table column headers as Master Relation.

Passenger train routes in the following national, regional, suburban, urban and local sections and tables are "mostly Complete," at least to a rudimentary stage of public_transport:version=1. Let us continue to improve these data to public_transport:version=2 (with a route_master super-relation and fully directional routes). See the San Joaquins, which are emerging public_transport:version=2 examples — but while these relations have stations, few have platforms. For a model example v2 route with better station and platform members see relation 1405414 of the Maryland Transit Administration. A goal is for all passenger train routes to become public_transport:version=2, each identically-tracked train with its own route and precise platform locations. If you find a train, route (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so: Map Your Train Ride!

Amtrak operates intercity passenger trains in the contiguous United States: some commuter (passenger=suburban) and highspeed=yes trains, many intrastate and passenger=regional trains and all interstate, passenger=national (long distance, overnight) and passenger=international trains (some cross into Canada); see full OSM Amtrak wiki table. Two subsets are here as passenger=national and passenger=regional routes serving California, five routes by Amtrak proper, three operate jointly between Amtrak and three "more local/less statewide" so-called "joint powers authorities," partly funded the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by/as an entity known as Amtrak California:

Amtrak (passenger=national) trains serving California (AMTK)

Route name Trains (ref=*) Passenger Service type=route_master type=route Status and Notes
California Zephyr℠ 5, 6 national relation 905830 EB relation 8440301
WB relation 8440320
EB Routing (3/4)Stops (2/4)
WB Routing (3/4)Stops (2/4) Mostly complete; public_transport v2. 2438 miles (Chicago - Emeryville, California). Underlying infrastructure route=railway relations look correct, though relation is very large. Platforms, amenities around them need improvement.
Coast Starlight® 11, 14 national v2 Relation not yet defined v1 relation 2812900 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Mostly complete; public_transport v1. 1377 miles (2216 km).
Southwest Chief® 3, 4 national relation 4720714 EB relation 904839
WB relation 4720713
EB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
WB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v2. 2265 miles (Chicago - Los Angeles).
Sunset Limited® 1, 2 national v2 Relation not yet defined v1 relation 297142 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v1. 1995 miles (New Orleans - San Antonio - Los Angeles). Between San Antonio and Los Angeles, uses same track (route) and stations as Texas Eagle.
Texas Eagle® 21, 22, 421, 422 national v2 Relation not yet defined v1 relation 2795760 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; rough public_transport v1. 2728 miles (Chicago - San Antonio - Los Angeles). Between San Antonio and Los Angeles, uses same track (route) and stations as Sunset Limited. Tracks around Saint Louis are estimated.

Try OpenPublicTransportMap (OPTM): it displays passenger rail in route=train relations. At closer zooms, OPTM also displays route=light_rail, route=subway, route=tram, route=monorail, route=funicular, route=bus, route=trolleybus, route=aerialway and route=ferry with colors similar to ORM. Please compare and contrast ORM (rail infrastructure) and OPTM (passenger routes) with OSM's Transport layer which rather simply displays "any and all rail" (railway=*), though not disused or abandoned rail, and at closer zooms, route=bus. Here was another rail renderer which displayed rail-based passenger routes with their colour=* or color=* tag (no longer functional).

Colors are Amtrak passenger=national routes = blue. As California's national Amtrak routes are all are lengthy overnight trains, these are assigned darker (web safe) blues: California Zephyr (DarkBlue), Coast Starlight (MidnightBlue), Southwest Chief (#000066), Sunset Limited (Navy) and Texas Eagle (#333333).

Amtrak California (passenger=regional) trains (CDTX)

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board (CCJPB) consists of two representatives from each of the eight counties in The Capitol Corridor: Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara, represented by Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, Sacramento Regional Transit District, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Solano Transportation Authority, and the Yolo County Transportation District. The CCJPB is also supported by the two metropolitan planning organizations in The Capitol Corridor – the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

The LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) “is composed of elected officials representing rail owners, operators, and planning agencies along Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner corridor between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. The objective of the agency is to coordinate planning and programs that increase ridership, revenue, reliability, and safety on the coastal rail line from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles to San Diego.”

The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) enables local and regional agencies throughout most of the San Joaquin Corridor (Bakersfield - Fresno - Modesto - Stockton - Sacramento - Oakland) to assume the administration and management of Amtrak's existing San Joaquin Rail Service from Caltrans' Division of Rail.

Caltrans, through its Division of Rail, provides support to California statewide intercity (passenger=regional) rail services via CCJPB, LOSSAN and SJJPA. This support includes planning and financial assistance for capital and operating expenses, consistent with its mission to “provide and promote intercity passenger rail services while improving, expanding, and integrating all rail service into California's transportation system." As a result of the "more local" administrations of CCJPB/LOSSAN/SJJPA and newer model of Caltrans funding, "Amtrak California" branding and livery is less prominent.

Route name Trains (ref=*) Passenger Service type=route_master type=route Status and Notes
Capitol Corridor℠ 522, 523, 527, 537, 538, 546, 549, 720, 727, 732, 737, 744, 748, 749 regional relation 2845553 EB relation 8472909
WB relation 8472908
EB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
WB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v2. 168 miles (275 km) (San Jose - Oakland - Sacramento - Auburn). A Phase 1 extension from San José (Diridon) south to Gilroy (+49 km) and Salinas (+60 km) is expected in the 2020s for a new length of 238 miles (384 km). Infill stations at Pajaro/Watsonville Junction (to serve Santa Cruz) and Castroville (to serve Monterey) are Phase 2, with no revenue service date specified, as Monterey Branch is disused / abandoned and Santa Cruz Branch is Class 1 (or 2?) speed, limiting freight and occasional tourism trains to 25 MPH/40 km/h as it rehabilitates. The Capitol Corridor is the third busiest Amtrak route in the USA, moving 1.4 million passengers annually between San Jose and Auburn.
Pacific Surfliner® 562, 564-567, 572-575, 579, 580, 583, 584, 590, 591, 595, 761, 763, 768, 769, 774, 777, 782, 785, 792, 796, 1566-1568, 1588, 1761 regional v2 Relation not yet defined v1 relation 2812898 Routing (2/4)Stops (2/4) Largely complete; rough public_transport v1. 350 miles (565 km); (San Diego - Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo). Underlying infrastructure (route=railway) relations need fixing. While there are some 90 MPH segments (MCBC Pendleton), the underlying LOSSAN corridor is not "higher-speed" (black text regional). Pacific Surfliner is the second busiest Amtrak route in the country, moving 2.6 million passengers annually between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
San Joaquins℠ 701-704, 710-719 regional v2 Relation not yet defined v1 relation 4668744 Routing (2/4)Stops (2/4) Somewhat complete; rough public_transport v1. 315 miles (507 km); (Bakersfield - Stockton - Oakland), 282 miles (454 km); (Bakersfield - Stockton - Sacramento). The San Joaquins is the fifth busiest Amtrak route in the country, moving 1.1 million passengers annually. With connecting buses at Bakersfield, the San Joaquin service is the spine of Amtrak California: linking Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Colors are Amtrak California passenger=regional routes = orange (color of California poppy, state flower), ocean blue and khaki (appearing as light golden/sandy yellow). California's state colors are blue and gold.

Commuter (passenger=suburban) trains

Largely connecting suburbs of multiple counties in their networks, passenger=suburban "commuter" trains are shorter-distance (than passenger=regional intercity) trains. These route=train (Metrolink, Caltrain, COASTER, ACE, SMART) and route=subway (BART) relations are tagged passenger=suburban: "Trains that have frequent schedules to satisfy the needs of work commuters...largely state-run/city-run services for connecting a metropolitan area to its central city." These ("heavy rail") trains are publicly-owned and operated by multiple California counties as "joint powers authorities" (except COASTER, publicly-owned but serves only San Diego County and ACE, leased from UP). Some (ACE to Modesto and Merced, Metrolink Antelope Valley...) could grow lengthy enough to become passenger=regional, especially as future services might include "express" trains to more quickly connect their most-distant endpoints.

Metrolink / Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCAX)

Metrolink is a commuter rail network serving five counties in Southern California as SCRRA (reporting mark SCAX). The system offers seven service lines and 55 stations operating on 388 miles (624 km) of track, about 561 route miles (902 km). Present Metrolink-Metro correspondences are at LA Union Station (Metro Gold, Red, Purple, Silver), Cal State LA (Maroon, Metro Silver) and Chatsworth (Metrolink Yellow, Metro Orange, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner).

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Ventura County Line (Yellow) Train 100s, 900s, A700s† relation 1165701 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." 71.7 miles (115.5 km). Supplements Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional Rail 2 Rail® service with more local stops.
Antelope Valley Line (Green) Train 200s relation 1172222 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." 82 miles (132.1 km).
San Bernardino Line (Maroon) Train 300s relation 1287719 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." 63.6 miles (102.4 km).
Riverside Line (Purple) Train 400s relation 1199065 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." 70.7 miles (113.8 km).
Orange County Line (Orange) Train 600s, A500s†, A700s† relation 2812899 Complete; public_transport v1. 87.1 miles (140.2 km). Supplements Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional Rail 2 Rail® service with more local stops. At Oceanside, connects to COASTER, a passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence.
91/Perris Valley Line (Blue) Train 700s relation 2812902 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." 85.5 miles (137.6 km).
Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) Train 800s relation 2808958 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." 100.2 miles (161.4 km).

† Trains prefixed with A are Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regionals in Shared Service through Amtrak's Rail 2 Rail® program.

A new $35 million Metrolink station in Placentia to serve the 91/Perris Valley Line's north Orange County passengers is under construction, scheduled to open by 2020.

A new 9 mile (14.5 km) rail extension passenger service on the San Bernardino-Redlands Passenger Rail Corridor is underway by SANBAG. Extending Metrolink service to the San Bernardino Transit Center, this future service known as "Arrow" is expected to use 3 diesel multiple unit and 1 electric multiple unit operated by Omnitrans (not Metrolink locomotive-hauled coaches) on BNSF trackage as host railway. Revenue service is anticipated in 2021. Stops will include Downtown San Bernardino, San Manuel Stadium, Tippecanoe Avenue, Downtown Redlands and University of Redlands. A potential further phase would expand trackage in a loop to Highland and San Bernardino International Airport before returning to downtown San Bernardino. Additional passenger services may eventually expand along other Metrolink corridors. Low-volume temporally-separated freight service by BNSF will continue on a portion of the route.

A CAHSR station is planned to be built a short walk away from North Burbank's Metrolink station.

It remains to be seen when an electrification project will prepare the southern "bookend" of California High Speed Rail's Phase I adjacent to Metrolink Green and Yellow lines from Burbank through Glendale to Los Angeles.

Caltrain / Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPBX)

Caltrain offers service from San Francisco through the San Francisco Peninsula to San José and Gilroy. It services over 30 stations in three counties on 77 miles (124 km) of track. At Millbrae, connects to BART, a passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence. At San José Diridon, connects to ACE, another passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence. There are plans to extend south of Gilroy to Monterey County (Pajaro/Watsonville, Castroville, Salinas), with Capitol Corridor service to these stations following later. Electrification between San Francisco and Tamien Station is expected to complete in 2022 as the northern "bookend" of California High Speed Rail Phase I.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Caltrain Baby Bullet Train 305-386 relation 2768040 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order, assure correct tracks.
Caltrain Limited Train 206-289 relation 6088583 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order, assure correct tracks.
Caltrain Local Train 100s relation 2768041 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order, assure correct tracks.

BART / Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Main article: Bay_Area_Rapid_Transit

BART is a rapid transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area: seven routes on 121 miles (195 km) of track with 48 stations (19 surface, 14 elevated, 15 subway) in four counties. Systemwide, there are approximately 32 miles of aerial track; 61 miles of track at grade and about 28 miles of subway track. This will soon become 50 stations on 131 miles in five counties with Santa Clara County / Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Project's Phase 1 revenue service to Milpitas and North San José/Berryessa (expected before 2020). While its infrastructure is Federal Transportation Administration-defined "heavy rail" tagged railway=subway, BART is in the "Commuter" (passenger=suburban) section as a convenient grouping, as BART's systemwide geographic span is similar to other Commuter rail networks in California, including newer infrastructure like AirBART (railway=monorail) and the BART to Antioch extension (railway=light_rail).

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
Richmond – Daly City/Millbrae Subway relation 2851513 Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 44.6 km.
Warm Springs/South Fremont – Daly City Subway relation 2851729 Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 62.6 km. BART is extending southward from the new Warm Springs/South Fremont station in two phases as "Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Project" sponsored by VTA. Phase 1 is a 16 km BART extension now under construction to stations at Milpitas (connection to VTA light rail Montague) and North San José/Berryessa, with revenue service expected to begin by the end of 2019. Phase 2 is intended to extend BART 26 km from North San José/Berryessa to San José (Alum Rock, Downtown, Diridon) and Santa Clara (the latter two stations connect to Caltrain), with 8 km of underground subway infrastructure through Downtown San José, revenue service expected in 2026.
Richmond - Warm Springs/South Fremont Subway relation 2851514 Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 58.3 km. BART is extending southward from the new Warm Springs/South Fremont station in two phases as "Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Project" sponsored by VTA. Phase 1 is a 16 km BART extension now under construction to stations at Milpitas (connection to VTA light rail Montague) and North San José/Berryessa, with revenue service expected to begin by the end of 2019. Phase 2 is intended to extend BART 26 km from North San José/Berryessa to San José (Alum Rock, Downtown, Diridon) and Santa Clara (the latter two stations connect to Caltrain), with 8 km of underground subway infrastructure through Downtown San José, revenue service expected in 2026.
Dublin/Pleasanton – Millbrae Subway relation 2851730 Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 63.0 km. At Millbrae, connects to Caltrain, a passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence. The BART to Livermore Extension project is a proposal to extend the BART rail line by 8 km along I-580 from the existing Dublin/Pleasanton Station to a new station in the vicinity of the Isabel Avenue interchange. BART staff developed conceptual engineering and a project-level Draft Environmental Impact Report, available for public review. The anticipated date for opening the completed extension and new BART station is 2026.
Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO/Millbrae Subway relation 2827687 Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 85.6 km. At Millbrae, connects to Caltrain, a passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence.
Pittsburg/Bay Point – Antioch (BART to Antioch extension) Light Rail relation 8237627 An 8.5-mile (13.8 km) light_rail extension using Diesel Multiple Units, a different type of rolling stock from regular BART trains requiring a train change at Pittsburg/Bay Point platform.
Coliseum – Oakland International Airport (OAK) "AirBART" Monorail 6-minute peak headways, 10-20 minutes off-peak relation 4829982 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome! 5.0 km.

COASTER / North County Transit District (SDNR)

COASTER offers service along the San Diego County coastline, from Oceanside to San Diego. It services 8 stations on 41 miles (66 km) of track. Owned by North County Transit District (NCTD), operated by Bombardier Transportation. At Oceanside, connects to Metrolink, a passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
COASTER Train 398 relation 2271832 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." Supplements Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional Rail 2 Rail® service with more local stops.

ACE / Altamont Corridor Express (HTSX)

The ACE corridor services 10 stations in three counties over 86 miles (138 km) of track, from Stockton to San Jose. Service is managed by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, and operations are contracted to Herzog Transit Services, using AAR assigned reporting mark HTSX on tracks owned by Union Pacific and a few miles of Caltrain (JPBX) tracks. At San José Diridon, connects to Caltrain, a passenger=suburban-to-passenger=suburban correspondence. News in 2017 reported expansion plans to Modesto, +30 miles (+48 km) and Merced, +35 miles (+57 km). With news of these extensions (bringing the total line to >150 km) and potential newer service to additional cities including Lodi, Elk Grove and Sacramento, sharing stations with Amtrak California, by 2027, ACE could indeed grow from a "commuter" passenger=suburban line to California's fourth passenger=regional rail service.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
ACE Train 1-10 relation 2845552 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Are tracks around Diridon and Cabral Stations correct?

SMART / Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART)

Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (as SMART) uses infrastructure tagged usage=main. (There, and where tagged usage=branch, it may also be used by NWP for freight). From Downtown San Rafael north to Sonoma County Airport (43 miles / 69 km) is the currently-active portion of the 70 mile / 110 km "Larkspur to Cloverdale" corridor for passenger=suburban service between Sonoma and Marin counties, known as SMART Phase 1. SMART Phase 2's southern extension to Larkspur Landing is under construction, scheduled for completion in 2019. SMART Phase 2's 3 mile northern extension from Sonoma County Airport to Windsor is expected by 2022 and to Healdsburg and Cloverdale by 2027, completing passenger service on the entire corridor. SMART and Golden Gate Transit partner to offer SMART passengers free bus service from San Rafael station to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, enabling passenger connections to San Francisco Ferry Terminal, Gate C (100 m to Muni E, F; 200 m to California Street Cable Car; 250 m to BART Embarcadero). Similar bus service also connects Sonoma County Airport station with Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale.

Upgrades to public_transport:version=2 include public_transport=platforms and a type=route_master super-relation containing a relation for each direction of service, so Map Your Train Ride!

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
San Rafael Downtown - Sonoma County Airport SMART Train 1-34 (weekdays), 51-60 (weekends) relation 6090093 Complete public_transport:version=1; More platforms need to be added. Map Your Train Ride!

City, Light Rail (passenger=urban) trains

Relations tagged route=light_rail and route=tram may also be tagged passenger=urban. And, it may be correct to tag route=tram and route=monorail relations with passenger=local due to shorter distances; please use discretion. Some (underlying infrastructure) members of route=light_rail are ways tagged railway=tram. Note that OpenRailwayMap (ORM) specifically does NOT display railway=monorail infrastructure, however, OpenPublicTransportMap (OPTM) does. A few lines are FTA-defined "heavy rail" (LA Metro Red, Purple), these are included in the City, Light Rail section as part of LA Metro's countywide network of "city" trains: mostly route=light_rail, but with some route=subway routes and a route=monorail route (LAX Airport Metro Connector, under construction).

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority / LACMTA / MTA / Metro (LACM)

Los Angeles Metro, rail portions of which are also known as Metro Rail, operates combined rail rapid transit (subway, light rail) in Los Angeles County.

A 2015 proposal plans to rename all Metro Rail lines and Metro Busway rapid transit lines (Silver, Orange) from colors to letters with completion of the Regional Connector Transit Corridor (2022), assigning letters in the order the lines were, or will be, put into service. H, I, and P will not be used, to avoid confusion with signs for hospitals, information, and parking. Colors will remain as "secondary identifiers" to help distinguish one line from another. Currently, LA Metro operates eight rapid transit lines: six light_rail/subway (with dedicated right-of-way) and two bus rapid transit (which use abandoned rail right-of-way, now largely I-110 and the old Burbank Line and Pacific Electric "red car" line; Silver and Orange, respectively — see Transitways), all named for colors. Newer 2019 data indicate that by 2028, four light_rail and four dedicated rapid-bus lines will be added, for a total of 16 rapid transit lines. Some of the planned lines and their assigned letters are as follows: Arroyo Verdugo / L Line; North San Fernando Valley / N Line; Sepulveda Pass / Q Line; Vermont / R Line and West Santa Ana (from downtown Los Angeles to Artesia) / S Line. The table below attempts to capture these changes, but until they are completed and final, these "letter / color re-namings" are in flux.

News in 2016 described planning to "close a regional transportation gap" linking Metro Green's eastern Norwalk terminus to Metrolink's Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs (Blue/91, Red, Orange) in addition to present Metrolink-Metro correspondences at LA Union Station (Metro Gold, Red, Purple, Silver), Cal State LA (Maroon, Silver) and Chatsworth (Metro Orange, Metrolink Yellow, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner). A 2017 story updates a newer plan, and a 2018 SCAG update of the Norwalk Green Line Extension Study, while paused as of April, 2018, is in the process of identifying and evaluating feasible alternatives for this potential 2.8 mile rail link.

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
Blue Line Light Rail 801 relation 6585129 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome! (By 2021, may become the A Line: newly including north of 7th St/Metro Ctr via Downtown Connector to Union Station, then what is now Gold Line to Chinatown and east to APU/Citrus College).
Red Line Subway 802 relation 8219357 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome! (By 2021, may become the B Line).
Green Line Light Rail 803 relation 7935053 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!

The Crenshaw / LAX Project to connect Expo Line at Expo/Crenshaw to Green Line at Aviation/Century near LAX is under construction, revenue service expected mid-2020. After completion, Green begins a new operational pattern (the "C-3" one-year pilot study) near LAX, northerly and southerly. The southern branch of Green will operate with Redondo Beach trains continuing through El Segundo and Aviation/LAX, east to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks (by 2021, may become the J or K Line and Olive). The now under construction Crenshaw / LAX Project blends westbound Green Line trains from Norwalk turning north after Aviation/LAX along Aviation Blvd. to terminate at Expo/Crenshaw, remaining Green (by 2021 may become the C Line).

Gold Line Light Rail 804 relation 7935245 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome! (By 2021, may become the E Line as it re-routes to Santa Monica).

The extension to Azusa might need tracks to be better-named (though by 2021, stations from LA Union Station through Chinatown to APU/Citrus College may become the A Line). The Foothill Extension Project, Phase 2B will connect the APU/Citrus College eastern terminus further eastward to Montclair Metrolink along with six new stations. 20 km long, construction began in October 2017. Anticipated date for commencement of revenue service is 2026. Metro currently has no plans to extend the line to Ontario International Airport.

Purple Line Subway 805 relation 7935318 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!

Section 1 (of 3) of the Metro Purple Line Subway Extension is under construction, revenue service scheduled for 2023. From the current terminus at Wilshire/Western, this 15 km westward extension includes seven new stations, three in Section 1: Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. Section 2 extends further westward with two more stations: Wilshire/Rodeo in downtown Beverly Hills and Century City/Constellation (construction began in 2018). Phase 3 will extend to Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital, pre-construction activities began in 2018. (By 2021, may become the D Line).

Expo Line Light Rail 806 relation 6584634 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!

With the now-under-construction Regional Connector, by 2021, Expo Line may become the E Line with what is now Gold Line, connecting Atlantic station as an eastern terminus to Santa Monica as a western terminus.

Crenshaw / LAX Project Light Rail ? relation 6666758 Under construction, not a master relation. The Crenshaw / LAX Project will connect Expo Line at Expo/Crenshaw (its northern terminus) south to Green Line at Aviation/Century near LAX, where Green Line now continues to its southern terminus at Redondo Beach. See Green Line above for re-routing notes about Olive Line. Revenue service expected in mid-2020. Upon completion, remove construction=* tags. By 2023 with completion of Airport Metro Connector, a new infill 96th Street Transit station will allow transfers to Airport Metro Connector to LAX terminals. A future phase might extend this segment (by 2021, a re-routed Green / C Line) north to Purple Line (D Line) near or at Wilshire/La Brea, then to a new northern terminus at North Hollywood to connect with Red Line (A Line).
Olive Line Re-routing ("C-3") Light Rail ? relation 8215031 Under construction, not a master relation. After completion of Crenshaw / LAX Project, Green begins a new operational pattern (C-3) near LAX, northerly and southerly. The southern branch of Green will operate with Redondo Beach trains continuing through El Segundo and Aviation/LAX, east to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks (by 2021, may become the J or K Line and Olive). The now under construction Crenshaw / LAX Project blends westbound trains from Norwalk to Aviation/LAX turning north along Aviation Blvd. to terminate at Expo/Crenshaw, remaining Green (by 2021 may become the C Line).
Regional Connector Transit Corridor Light Rail (underground) ? relation 6661099 Under construction, not a master relation. Regional Connector Transit Corridor (also known as Regional Connector, Downtown Connector or Downtown Light-Rail Connector) will connect Union Station, Civic Center, Pershing Square and Little Tokyo Arts District (Blue, Gold Lines) to 7th Street/Metro Center (Red, Purple, Blue, Expo Lines) in a fully underground alignment and provide three new stations at 1st/Central Av, 2nd St/Broadway and 2nd Pl/Hope St. This will serve middle segments of both newly-realigned Blue Line (A Line) and Gold Line (E Line). Revenue service expected late 2021. Upon completion, remove construction=* tags. This was tagged railway=subway but is better tagged railway=light_rail + tunnel=yes + layer=-1.
Airport Metro Connector Monorail / Automated People Mover ? relation 6666780 Incomplete; early stub relation, not a master relation, with approximated locations. In 2018, the Airport Commission approved a 30-year $5 billion construct-and-operate contract. The now-under-construction Crenshaw / LAX project (which will become what in 2019 might be described as "a northern branch" of Green Line, becoming the "new" Green Line/C Line) will involve westbound Green trains turning north after Aviation/LAX, traveling along Aviation Blvd. This will allow transfers to the fully-automated people mover Airport Metro Connector at a new infill 96th Street Transit station, transporting riders to LAX terminals 1-8 and the Rental Car Center. Upon completion (circa 2023), remove construction=* tags.

San Francisco Muni / Metro (MUNI)

Muni / Metro combines light rail, tram, historic streetcar, cable car routes and a Central Subway (late 2019) into San Francisco's passenger rail network, providing rail-to-rail connections with BART, Caltrain and California High Speed Rail (2029?). Some portions are light rail in dedicated right-of-way, some are street-running tram-like trains, some are substantially tunneled and/or underground. Market Street Railway is a partner on E and F Lines, restoring historic streetcars. Underlying infrastructure is either railway=light_rail or railway=tram, not railway=subway, even for underground segments, which are tagged tunnel=yes plus a negative-value layer=* tag. All Muni / Metro rail routes are tagged passenger=urban.

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
E Embarcadero Tram relation 5953002 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members
F Market & Wharves Tram relation 63224 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members
J Church Light Rail relation 63222 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members
K Ingleside-Third Street Light Rail relation 3433320 Complete; public_transport v2. A Phase 2 "Central Subway" extension to Chinatown is under construction with service expected in late 2019.
L Taraval Light Rail relation 3435879 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members. Some segments travel over railway=tram.
M Ocean View Light Rail relation 3435882 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members
N Judah Light Rail relation 3435884 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members. Some segments travel over railway=tram.
S Castro Shuttle Light Rail relation 6071918 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members
T Ingleside-Third Street Light Rail relation 3433320 Complete; public_transport v2. A Phase 2 "Central Subway" extension to Chinatown is under construction with service expected in late 2019.
59 - Powell/Mason Cable Car Tram relation 3433159 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members (at sidewalks and medians)
60 - Powell/Hyde Cable Car Tram relation 3433160 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members (at sidewalks and medians)
61 - California Cable Car Tram relation 1958845 Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members (at sidewalks and medians)
Central Subway Light Rail (underground) relation 8228222 Now only a route=railway as it is under construction. Revenue service expected in late 2019. This was tagged railway=subway but is better tagged railway=light_rail + tunnel=yes + layer=-1, similar to Muni's Sunset Tunnel and Twin Peaks Tunnel.

San Diego Trolley, Inc. (SDTI)

The San Diego Trolley is a light rail system operating in the metropolitan area of San Diego and serves 53 stations, with 53.5 miles (86 km) of routes. Infrastructure in the Downtown area can be considered tram-like (street-running trains) though the system is denoted railway=light_rail throughout.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Green Line Light Rail 530 relation 2847013 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order.
Orange Line Light Rail 520 relation 2846984 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order.
Silver Line Light Rail relation 4729047 Complete; public_transport v1; please fill in Trains column. Rolling stock is vintage/historic/heritage streetcar. Limited service: only Tu Th, 0952-1352 and Sa Su, 1052-1522.
UC San Diego Blue Line Light Rail 510 relation 7572438 Largely complete; public_transport v2, however, several additional platforms still need to be added to the two child relations (north and south). The Mid-Coast Trolley Project relation 9311514 is under construction to extend service from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and Westfield UTC; revenue service anticipated to begin in 2021.

VTA Light Rail / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCCT)

VTA Light Rail serves San José and northern Santa Clara County and consists of 42 miles (67 km) of light rail network comprising two main lines and a spur line. Downtown San José and other segments can be considered tram-like (street-running trains) though the system is denoted railway=light_rail throughout. After commencement of new BART service to San José Diridon, circa 2026, a rebranded Orange Line will run from Alum Rock to Mountain View, with Green and Blue each having a northern terminus of Baypointe (by then a transfer station for Orange, Blue and Green).

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Alum Rock - Santa Teresa (Blue) Light Rail 901 relation 2989876 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Construction is anticipated between 2019-2022 to extend light rail from the Alum Rock station southward to Eastridge (dependent on VTA Board of Directors final approval of funding/financing plan). Trains will run primarily in the center of Capitol Expressway with elevated tracks crossing Capitol Avenue, Story Road and Tully Road and stations at Story, Ocala and Eastridge. However, there is no current funding (2019) to extend this light rail line further south from Eastridge to South San Jose.
Winchester - Mountain View (Green) Light Rail 902 relation 2989877 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. An extension is planned to this line from the Winchester station southward to Vasona, but no date is set; construction is dependent on VTA Board of Directors final approval of funding/financing plan. Two new stations are planned: one at Vasona (Phase 1), another at Hacienda (Phase 2).
Almaden - Ohlone/Chynoweth (Purple) Light Rail 900 relation 2989878 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Sometimes called "Almaden Shuttle."
Peak Commuter Express Service (Yellow) Light Rail ? relation 6205544 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order

Sacramento Regional Transit District (SCRT)

RT operates a light rail system spanning the Sacramento area that is currently the eleventh busiest in the United States. Similar to the San Diego Trolley in its largely-street-running-in-Downtown tram-like character, this wide-area urban system is denoted railway=light_rail throughout. There have been edits which tag "strictly tram as tram" (as Muni L, N in western suburbs of San Francisco) causing some vacillation between railway=light_rail and railway=tram.

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
Blue Line Light Rail 533 relation 9248096 Complete v2 route.
Gold Line Light Rail 507 relation 9248098 Complete v2 route.
Green Line Light Rail 519 relation 9248097 Complete v2 route.

SPRINTER / North County Transit District (SDNX)

SPRINTER is a light rail system operating between Oceanside and Escondido in northern San Diego County. It services 15 stations on 22 miles (35 km) of track with 30 minute headways.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
SPRINTER Light Rail 399 relation 1371791 Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order

OC Streetcar / Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA), under construction

A 4.15-mile (6.68 km) light rail line under construction in Orange County, w:OC Streetcar will serve 11 or 12 stations, its termini at Santa Ana (Regional Transportation Center) and Garden Grove (Harbor Transit Center), operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) as a curbside, street running system in Santa Ana, while west of Raitt Street will be in dedicated rail right-of-way (part of railway=abandoned Paramount Industrial Lead from old Pacific Electric Red Car early-20th century transit). Please double-track where extant, as there remain some bridge construction decisions. Revenue service is expected by late 2021.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
OC Streetcar Light Rail ? relation 8438643 Under construction. As revenue service begins, please change railway=construction tags to railway=light_rail, fully improve stations/platforms and create route=train public_transport:version=2-compliant relations tagged passenger=urban.

Airport-style Monorail, People Mover, Automated Guideway Transit (passenger=local) trains

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) categorizes these as People Mover or Automated Guideway Transit, which include monorail and light rail guideways. Some underlying infrastructure (for example, SMF APM) is railway=tram. Note that OpenRailwayMap (ORM) specifically does NOT display railway=monorail infrastructure, however, OpenPublicTransportMap (OPTM) does display route=monorail.

AirTrain (San Francisco International Airport, SFO) (????)

A free-of-charge, fully automated people mover at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), connecting terminals, most parking garages, the rental car center and BART.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Blue Monorail Headways every 4 minutes, 24/7 relation 6043603 Complete; public_transport v1
Red Monorail Headways every 4 minutes, 24/7 relation 6043605 Complete; public_transport v1

Coliseum – Oakland International Airport, "BART to OAK line" (BART)

A BART-ticketed, fully automated people mover at Oakland International Airport (OAK), connecting terminals and BART at Oakland Coliseum (OAC) station.

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
BART to OAK line
Coliseum – Oakland International Airport (OAK) "AirBART"
Monorail Headways every 6 minutes peak, 10-20 minutes off-peak relation 4829982 Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!

Los Angeles International Airport, LAX "Airport Metro Connector" (LACM), under construction

See Airport Metro Connector; to serve Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is believed this will be (substantially) an elevated railway=monorail. Now under construction, revenue service is expected in 2024.

SMF Automated People Mover (Sacramento International Airport) (????)

An elevated automated people mover system at Sacramento International Airport. Moves passengers between Central Terminal B (landside) and Concourse B (airside).

Service Line Route Tram Relation Status
SMF Automated People Mover Tram ? relation 8796239 Complete; public_transport v1

Tourism, museum, heritage and historic (passenger=local) trains

Underlying railway=* infrastructure elements are tagged usage=tourism. It may be correct to tag these route=train, route=tram and route=monorail relations with passenger=local due to shorter distances, though please use discretion: distinctly "excursion" services shouldn't get this tag, but some tourism services may provide a measure of local-oriented passenger transportation and can rightly be tagged with passenger=local.

Service Line Reporting Marks Route Relation Status
Skunk Train SERA Train relation 4710759 Complete; public_transport v1 on California Western Railroad
Santa Cruz Beach Train SCBG Train relation 3487689 Complete; public_transport v1 on Santa Cruz Big Trees and Pacific Railway
Napa Valley Wine Train NVRR Train relation 5149956 Complete; public_transport v1, on Napa Valley Railroad, terminal stations only. Newer (2016) Quattro Vino service stops at four wineries, these stops/stations/platforms are not entered.
Sacramento RiverTrain SERA Train relation 6142319 Complete; public_transport v1 on Sierra Northern Railway.
Sierra Railroad Dinner Train SERA Train relation 6804127 Possibly complete; public_transport v1 on Sierra Northern Railway. Only Oakdale station is entered, there may be more stations or halts, though if not, this is complete.
Fillmore & Western Trains FWRY Train relation 6804311 Possibly complete; public_transport v1. There are lunch, dinner, mystery, holiday, school and excursion trains. Station set may need improvements.
California State Railroad Museum SSRR Train relation 6142388 Complete; public_transport v1 on Sacramento Southern Railroad
Orange Empire Railway Museum Trains OERM Train, tram relation 6804882 Train State Train.svg,
relation 6804883 Tram State Tram.svg
Tram: complete public_transport v1. Train: Complete public_transport v1. An electrified 2.5 km railway=tram line connects to South Perris Metrolink, tagged passenger=local + a 1 km dual-gauge loop at the museum.
Western Railway Museum Trains WRM (?) Train, tram relation 6805161 Train State Train.svg,
relation 6805160 Tram State Tram.svg
Complete; both relations are rough public_transport v1. Rio Vista - Bird's Landing (being electrified for railway=tram excursions further south?), tagged passenger=local and Rio Vista - Montezuma. Both relations may need better tagging and members.
Golden Gate Railroad Museum GGMX Train relation 6142178 Complete; public_transport v1 on Niles Canyon Railway
Golden State demonstration passenger trains SDAX Train relation 5758542 Complete; public_transport v1, on SDAE Desert at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo (San Diego County)
Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad Trains ???? Train relation 6801615 What are believed to be correct tracks and stations are entered, please double-check. Somewhat complete; public_transport v1. It appears there is passenger excursion service between Hampton (station) and White Rock, Hampton (station) and Carson Creek/Malby Crossing (both closed as of 2018-Q1 due to construction) and as Latrobe Limited (now boarding in White Rock due to construction in Folsom).
El Dorado Western Railroad Trains EDW (?) Train relation 6801616 What are believed to be correct tracks and stations are entered, please double-check. Somewhat complete; public_transport v1. No route=trains are known.
Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad (Steam Train) RCBT Train relation 5927779 Complete; public_transport v1 on railway=narrow_gauge
Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car PLAX Tram relation 4786115 State Tram.svg Complete; public_transport v1 on railway=tram. Tagged passenger=local. Believed to have closed in 2015; please confirm.
Angel's Flight ???? Funicular relation 6723222 Complete; public_transport v1. Urban railway=funicular.
Disneyland Railroad DLRR Train relation 1796774 Complete; public_transport v1 on railway=preserved; requires park admission fee. Apply tourism=theme_park?
Disneyland Monorail DLMS Monorail relation 1721168 Complete; public_transport v1 on railway=monorail; requires park admission fee. Apply tourism=theme_park?
Redwood Valley Railway RVRY Train relation 6804565 Complete; public_transport v1 1/4 scale (gauge=381) suburban park railroad on railway=miniature, rides last about 12 minutes
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad ???? Train relation 6804634 Complete; public_transport v2. Suburban park railroad on railway=miniature.

Please clarify/improve the following underlying railway=* infrastructure tagged usage=tourism (and tourism=theme_park?) as route=railways, creating route=train, route=tram or route=monorail relations from these elements as they are known, then move them to the passenger-oriented table above.

Service Line Reporting Marks Route Relation Status
Amador Central Railway AMC (?) Railway relation 6274402 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation, eastern segments abandoned. Used for recreational "speeders" and historical/educational purposes by Recreational Railroad Coalition Historical Society and Amador County Historical Society. No route=trains are known.
Cal Expo ???? Railway relation 8090907 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a small amusement/theme_park rail on railway=tram. No route=tram relations are known.
Getty Center Tram ???? Railway relation 8090967 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short museum rail on railway=tram. Unknown what route=trams to enter.
Pacific Coast Railroad (Santa Margarita) ???? Railway relation 6773665 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short loop on railway=narrow_gauge. Unknown what route=trains to enter.
California Trolley and Railroad Corporation CTRC Railway relation 6139041 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short loop on railway=narrow_gauge. Unknown what route=trains to enter. CTRC restored for operation a number of historic trolley cars at History Park at Kelley Park (San José) and the Happy Hollow line extension allowing trolley service to the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Happy Hollow Zoo.
Poway–Midland Railroad ???? Railway relation 8090098 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short loop on railway=narrow_gauge. Unknown what route=trains to enter.
Calico and Odessa Railroad GTCX (?), C&OR (?) Railway relation 8090136 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short loop on railway=narrow_gauge. Unknown what route=trains to enter.
Casa de Fruta Railroad ???? Railway relation 8090138 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short loop on railway=narrow_gauge. Unknown what route=trains to enter. Part of a small rural roadside fruit stand/amusement theme_park.
Ardenwood Historic Farm Rail ???? Railway relation 8090954 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short park rail on railway=narrow_gauge. Unknown what route=trains to enter.
Sonoma TrainTown Railroad ???? Railway relation 8153354 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short park rail on railway=miniature, gauge=381 (approximately 1/4 scale). Unknown what route=trains to enter.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad YMSP Railway relation 8091009 Complete (?) trackage as a route=railway relation for a short (2.8 km) rail on railway=narrow_gauge. No route=train relations are known.
Griffith Park & Southern Railroad ???? Railway relation 8100133 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short park rail on railway=miniature, gauge=190, about 1/8 scale. Unknown what route=trains to enter, though believed to be named "Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad."
Travel Town Railroad ???? Railway relation 8100132 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short park rail on railway=miniature, gauge=190, about 1/8 scale. Unknown what route=trains to enter, is the railway or the passenger service named "Travel Town Railroad?"
Jolly Trolly ???? Railway relation 8129284 Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short park rail on railway=miniature. Unknown what route=trains to enter.
Tom's Farms Train Ride ???? The single way way is entered Complete trackage as a railway=narrow_gauge for a short theme park rail loop (ride), no route=railway relation entered. Unknown what route=trains to enter.
Descanso, Alpine and Pacific Railway SDAX Railway relation 8090208 Partial infrastructure elements of railway=narrow_gauge, but no route=train exists. Donated to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum at Campo Railroad Park, now (2018-Q1) being dismantled and moved there.
Western Pacific Railroad Museum WPRM, FRRX A single service=yard way way inside the museum building is entered Incomplete; it is unclear what tracks near Portola make up the route=railway(s) used for WPRM excursions and the "Run A Locomotive" program operated by Feather River Rail Society. No route=trains are known.
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum ???? A single railway=narrow_gauge way way is entered; please complete Incomplete. No route=trains are known.
Laws Railroad Museum ???? A single railway=preserved way way is entered; please complete Incomplete; little is known. No route=trains are known.
Disneyland ???? Various railway=narrow_gauge ways in a major amusement/theme_park Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railways nor route=trains. Note that both Disneyland Railroad and Disneyland Monorail are already in the table above; this is a placeholder for the remaining rail-oriented rides.
California's Great America ???? Various railway=narrow_gauge and railway=monorail ways in a major amusement/theme_park Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railways nor route=trains. Placeholder for the remaining rail-oriented rides.
Knott's Berry Farm ???? Various railway=narrow_gauge ways in a major amusement/theme_park Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railways nor route=trains. Placeholder for the remaining rail-oriented rides.
Magic Mountain ???? Various railway=narrow_gauge ways in a major amusement/theme_park Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railways nor route=trains. Placeholder for the remaining rail-oriented rides.
Seaside Railway at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo) ???? railway=light_rail and various railway=monorail ways in a major amusement/theme_park Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railways nor route=trains. Placeholder for the remaining rail-oriented rides.
Legoland Carlsbad ???? Various railway=narrow_gauge ways in an amusement theme_park Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railway nor route=train. Placeholder for the passenger rail route.
Gilroy Gardens ???? Various railway=narrow_gauge ways and Bonfante Railroad Train Ride and Sky Trail Monorail in a small amusement theme_park west of Gilroy Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railway nor route=train. Placeholder for the passenger rail route.
Pixieland Express ???? A railway=narrow_gauge in a small amusement theme_park in Concord Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railway nor route=train. Placeholder for the passenger rail route.
Neverland Ranch Park ???? Various small private railway=miniature ways Not sure how complete OSM considers these: infrastructure elements but no route=railway nor route=train. Placeholder for the passenger rail route.

Being researched are Central Park Bianchi Train in San Mateo, Emerald Hills Railway in Redwood City, Golden Gate Live Steamers in Berkeley, Kennedy Park Train in Hayward, Lemos Farm Rail in Half Moon Bay, Little Puffer at San Francisco Zoo, Oakland Zoo in Oakland and Redwood Valley Railway in Berkeley.

Yards

It would be very kind for more OSM volunteers to continue to build up this statewide "Yards" table (stub) with status on every single California rail yard. It is incomplete as there are dozens of rail yards in California.

Name Railroad Area Subdivision(s) Served TIGER Review Status
J. R. Davis Union Pacific Sacramento/Roseville Roseville Complete as of 2006/2007 USGS Ortho imagery. Need to shift a little to align with 2013 Bing imagery and add/modify a dozen or so new/changed tracks.
Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Port of Los Angeles Railroads (?) or Pacific Harbor Line (?) Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach Harbor Complete
Mira Loma Terminal ? Mira Loma Partially complete
Barstow BNSF Barstow Cajon, Needles, Mojave (terminus of all three) Partially complete
Commerce Eastern BNSF Commerce Partially complete
Sheila BNSF ? Partially complete
Hobart BNSF Vernon Partially complete
San Bernardino BNSF San Bernardino Cajon, San Bernardino Partially complete
San Diego BNSF, SDIY San Diego San Diego Complete
Watson BNSF Wilmington Partially complete
La Mirada BNSF La Mirada Partially complete
Needles BNSF Needles Needles, Seligman (terminus of both) Partially complete
Pico Rivera BNSF Pico Rivera Partially complete
Richmond BNSF Richmond Stockton (terminus) Partially complete
Stockton BNSF Stockton Stockton Partially complete
Bakersfield BNSF Bakersfield Bakersfield, Mojave (terminus of both) Completely retraced Retraced by happy5214
Calwa BNSF Fresno Bakersfield, Stockton (terminus of both) Completely retraced Retraced by happy5214
Pittsburg BNSF Pittsburg Partially complete
Riverbank BNSF Riverbank Stockton Completely retraced Retraced by happy5214
City of Industry Union Pacific Industry Partially complete
West Colton Yard Union Pacific Bloomington Partially complete
Commerce Union Pacific Commerce Partially complete
Dolores (ICTF) Union Pacific ? Partially complete
LA (LATC) Union Pacific Los Angeles Partially complete
Anaheim Union Pacific Anaheim Partially complete
Montclair Union Pacific Montclair Partially complete
Yermo Union Pacific Yermo Cima Partially complete
Oakland Union Pacific Intermodal Yard Union Pacific Oakland Completely rebuilt after TIGER entry Recent Bing imagery shows substantial rebuilding work to do in OSM
Stockton Union Pacific Stockton Partially complete
Fresno Union Pacific Fresno Fresno Completely retraced Retraced by happy5214
Bakersfield Union Pacific Bakersfield Fresno, Mojave (terminus of both) Completely retraced Retraced by happy5214
Martinez Union Pacific Martinez Partially complete
Milpitas Union Pacific Milpitas Partially complete
Portola Union Pacific Portola Partially complete
Lathrop Union Pacific Lathrop Partially complete
Lombard Union Pacific American Canyon Partially complete
Pajaro Union Pacific Pajaro (Watsonville) Complete
Centralized Equipment Maintenance & Operations Facility Caltrain/Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board San José Appears complete
Willits NCRA, SERA Willits Complete
San Ysidro BJRR, SDIY San Diego's San Ysidro district (at the Mexico/US border) Complete

About the (status) colors in the Name, Route and Service Line columns

Green means that the route's TIGER data in OSM are fully reviewed. This strongly implies that all other relation attributes are correct, but this isn't always strictly true; see Notes/Status column. Green does not conflict with active public_transport:version=* v1-v2 growth. Go!

Yellow means "only partially reviewed" ; additional volunteer work is needed to enter or correct additional route data (railway and/or train) into OSM. Yellow may also mean a route has a volunteer entering data, yet route ambiguities persist about what is actually correct.

Red means that "something" (often very little) is known about the route, so it is useful to put a row in the table about it as a placeholder, but it likely may be too early to create a route relation: route data are unknown, incomplete or route attributes are significantly missing.

About the (branding) colors in passenger-oriented Route and Passenger Service columns

For route=train, route=subway, route=light_rail, route=tram these displayed (web) colors are intended to reflect real-world colors denoted by the transportation authority network, such as in printed, painted or otherwise visually branded materials directly associated with a particular route. For the Amtrak routes, a goal is towards more state/national agreement and completion. An initial example is that for Amtrak Cascades service in Washington state and Oregon, OSM's Amtrak wiki table and Mapzen's former transit-colours renderer (no longer functional) both display a closely matching shade of green, which in turn (by intention) better match livery of rolling stock found only on those tracks by that line and class of service. Similar early harmony among Amtrak and California/Railroads is underway, e.g. Capitol Corridor as orange, color of California poppy, the state flower and Pacific Surfliner as ocean blue. Color harmony, in motion.

About the colors and symbols in the Status and Notes column of Amtrak routes

Color and symbol legend: status of each route is indicated by a symbol, which describes the type of feature, and a color, which indicates the completeness of that feature in OSM. For more details, see Wiki Help. Meaning of symbols:

Symbol Meaning
Routing The route is mapped as a relation (r)
Stops Bus stops have been checked (h)

"Bus stops" in this context (using "State Route Legend" syntax) means "Amtrak® stops." The visual symbols are concise, and while originally designed for bus stops, also work well for train routes.

Base Code NA 0 1 2 3 4 X
{{State Route|r=...|h=}} Routing - implies status unknown Routing (0/4) - no part of route added Routing (1/4) - route partly added (as relation) Routing (2/4) - route mainly added, needs completing Routing (3/4) - route relation complete (in view of 1 editor). Should be verified. Routing (4/4) - route complete & verified by second editor. Please date. Routing (X/4) - route does not exist in real world.
{{State Route|r=|h=...}} Stops - implies status unknown Stops (0/4) - no stops added to relation Stops (1/4) - some stops added Stops (2/4) - most stops added, needs completing Stops (3/4) - all stops added to relation (in view of 1 editor). Should be verified. Stops (4/4) - route complete & verified by second editor. Please date. Stops (X/4) - no stops in real world. Unlikely to be used without r=X as well.

The codes 0-4 are a logical progression, but they do not all have to be used in sequence. It is perfectly acceptable to go from 0 (nothing on map) to 3 (everything done in opinion of one editor). However, there should never be a jump to level 4. r=4 should only appear after r=3, and the same with h=3 & h=4, as this implies the relation has been checked by both the editor who completed it (level 3), and a second editor (level 4). Given these are different people, a jump up to level 4 from anything other than 3 is not possible.

In this wiki, this symbology is used as relations indicate where public_transport:version=1 is becoming version 2. The route_master column will eventually be fully populated with v2 relations as v1 routes upgrade to v2, the type=route_master column data acting as "entry point" into these Amtrak routes, the type=route column linking to "directional" child relations.