- 1 Editing Railroads starting from TIGER data
- 2 Current State of the Map (California/Railroads)
- 3 Suggestions
- 4 Active Lines (Mainline, Branch, Industrial and Short)
- 4.1 Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
- 4.2 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)
- 4.3 Short Lines (Branch, Industrial or Freight, occasionally Mainline)
- 4.3.1 Genesee & Wyoming (ARZC, CFNR, CORP, SDIY, SJVR, VCRR)
- 184.108.40.206 Arizona and California Railroad (ARZC)
- 220.127.116.11 California Northern Railroad (CFNR)
- 18.104.22.168 Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP)
- 22.214.171.124 San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway (SDAE), San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY)
- 126.96.36.199 San Joaquin Valley Railroad (SJVR)
- 188.8.131.52 Ventura County Railroad (VCRR)
- 4.3.2 Central California Traction Company (CCT)
- 4.3.3 Fillmore and Western Railway (FWRY)
- 4.3.4 Lake County Railroad (LCR)
- 4.3.5 Los Angeles Junction Railway (LAJ)
- 4.3.6 Modesto and Empire Traction Company (MET)
- 4.3.7 Napa Valley Railroad (NVRR)
- 4.3.8 Niles Canyon Railway (NICX)
- 4.3.9 North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA), Northwest Pacific Railroad Company (NWPCo)
- 4.3.10 Oakland Global Rail Enterprises (OGRE)
- 4.3.11 Orange Empire Railway (OERM)
- 4.3.12 Pacific Harbor Line (PHL)
- 4.3.13 Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR)
- 4.3.14 Pacific Sun Railroad (PSRR)
- 4.3.15 Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board / Caltrain (JPBX)
- 4.3.16 Quincy Railroad (QRR)
- 4.3.17 Richmond Pacific Railroad (RPRC)
- 4.3.18 Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority (????)
- 4.3.19 Sacramento Southern Railroad (SSRR)
- 4.3.20 Sacramento Valley Railroad (SAV)
- 4.3.21 San Diego Northern Railway (SDNX)
- 4.3.22 San Francisco Bay Railroad (SFBR)
- 4.3.23 Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway (SCMB)
- 4.3.24 Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway (SCBG)
- 4.3.25 Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMV)
- 4.3.26 Sierra Northern Railway (SERA)
- 4.3.27 Southern California Regional Rail Authority / Metrolink (SCAX)
- 4.3.28 Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad (STE)
- 4.3.29 Trona Railway (TRC)
- 4.3.30 Western Railway Museum (WRM)
- 4.3.31 Yreka Western Railroad (YWRR)
- 4.3.1 Genesee & Wyoming (ARZC, CFNR, CORP, SDIY, SJVR, VCRR)
- 4.4 Private Railroads
- 5 Disused lines
- 6 Abandoned lines
- 7 Railtrails and "Transitways"
- 8 Passenger trains
- 8.1 Amtrak passenger=national trains serving California (AMTK)
- 8.2 Amtrak California passenger=regional trains (CDTX)
- 8.3 Commuter (passenger=suburban) trains
- 8.3.1 Metrolink / Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCAX)
- 8.3.2 Caltrain / Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPBX)
- 8.3.3 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
- 8.3.4 Altamont Corridor Express (ACEX)
- 8.3.5 COASTER and SPRINTER / North County Transit District (SDNX=COASTER, SDNR=SPRINTER)
- 8.3.6 Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART)
- 8.4 Light Rail (passenger=urban), Tram, Monorail and People Mover (passenger=local) trains
- 8.4.1 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority / LACMTA / MTA / Metro (LACM)
- 8.4.2 San Francisco Muni / Metro (MUNI)
- 8.4.3 San Diego Trolley, Inc. (SDTI)
- 8.4.4 VTA Light Rail / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCCT)
- 8.4.5 Sacramento Regional Transit District (SCRT)
- 8.4.6 AirTrain (San Francisco International Airport) (????)
- 8.4.7 Coliseum–Oakland International Airport (OAK) "BART to OAK line" (BART)
- 8.5 Tourism, heritage and historic (usage=tourism, passenger=local) trains
- 9 Yards
- 10 About the colors in the Name, Route and Service Line columns
- 11 About the colors in passenger-oriented Route and Passenger Service columns
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 San Joaquin (public_transport:version=2 route). These should be emulated for other routes of their type which remain incomplete or underdeveloped. However, the San Joaquin route leaves something to be desired as a "model v2 route" so please also see Relation: Brunswick Line: Frederick => Union Station of the Maryland Transit Administration as an exemplary v2 route, as it has excellent platform members.
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 many cohesive usage=* and name=* tags. Most rail have name=*, though a small number still have original TIGER name=* (which should be changed to operator=*) and a few correctly named rail may not yet have been 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 in ORM, a roughly correct California rail infrastructure can be seen. Some mainline and branch rail support passenger traffic with route=train relations, offering passenger=national (long_distance/continental), passenger=regional (statewide) or "commuter rail," usually passenger=suburban (countywide or spanning a cluster of counties). Sometimes, passenger=urban rail (largely city-scale) semantically blurs with "commuter rail," which remains a widespread term. As a convention in this wiki, we tag passenger=suburban to denote what is colloquially called "commuter rail." One goal of this project has been to better clarify which are which among these differing rail services. This is now effectively complete in this wiki, however few route=train or route=light_rail relations have passenger=* tags.
At closer zoom level z=9, ORM displays railway=rail (without usage=* as black, though be aware that usage=tourism and usage=military also display as black), railway=disused (as brown-gray) and railway=abandoned (as dashed brown-gray). California still has hundreds of rail kilometers whose name=* and/or usage=* are currently 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 in use and/or assigning proper name=* and/or usage=* tags. This is a current frontier of California Railroads in OSM, as are complete identification and cataloging of usage=industrial rail, which ORM displays as brown. OSM approaches completion here, yet remains incomplete, especially around Los Angeles and its harbors.
At zoom level z=10, railway=light_rail and railway=subway display in ORM as green and dark blue (respectively). There are six light rail systems in California: Los Angeles Metro, San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), VTA in Silicon Valley, Sacramento RT Light Rail, San Diego Trolley and North County Transit District's SPRINTER. Subways (usually underground, suburban/longer-distance, so-called "heavy rail") include Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and underground lines (Red, Purple) of Los Angeles Metro. Though some of these systems still contain minor OSM errors, they approach completeness, including planned future extensions (which ORM displays as dotted or dashed for proposed or under construction). However, further ongoing review and correction are welcome as they continue to expand and improve, especially around Los Angeles County. Additional public_transport=platform nodes/polygons are needed, as well as including these in route relations, facilitating their upgrade 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 rail transit 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 largely distinct with these tags (though, Muni E Embarcadero and F Market & Wharves are streetcar/tram), even as both systems have street-tracked cars: Muni (green) goes underground in many places, Cable Cars (pink) are exclusively above-ground, largely street-running. BART (dark blue) is mostly underground throughout San Francisco and the wider Bay Area, while Caltrain (orange), especially with its "Baby Bullet" service, is above-ground mainline commuter rail, except for a few tunnels. (ORM uses transparency [a desaturated dark blue, green, orange, yellow, red...] to denote underground rail or tunnels). Trams are believed complete in California/Railroads, though there may be some actual trams now denoted railway=miniature in the Tourism, heritage and historic trains table which remain unentered into OSM.
California began (in June 2015) construction of the first dedicated high-speed rail in the USA, largely around Fresno. Phase 1 will link San Francisco via Los Angeles to Anaheim. Phase 2 will extend to Sacramento and San Diego. There are more than 100 miles of construction underway in the Central Valley  to complete Phase 1 between 2025 (the Silicon Valley to Central Valley portion) and 2029 (the entirety of Phase 1). Enter segments of this infrastructure as ways tagged with railway=construction + construction=rail + usage=main + highspeed=yes + name=California High Speed Rail (CHSR) and include them in this relation. This is only in its very earliest stages of completion in OSM; ORM displays early CHSR construction as red dashed lines (due to the railway=construction tag) around Fresno, and red dotted lines (due to the state=proposed tag) north and south of Fresno, towards San José and Burbank.
If you wish to improve California railroads in OSM:
• Follow unreviewed TIGER rail along its length (usually black lines in ORM, though be aware that usage=tourism and usage=military also display as black), comparing it with your best data. These data might be many things: a survey or GPS track, Public Utilities Commission crossing data, Bing 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: assemble identically named rail segments (not already gathered) into a correctly-named route=railway relation. It CAN be tedious to stitch these together properly!
• Using an Overpass Turbo query or 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=Pacific Harbor Line, 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), 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 Bing imagery or better knowledge. Currently yards are moderately correct, but can use improvement from recent Bing 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 later), a comprehensive document detailing California passenger rail infrastructure. Add 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. 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 rail=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. (Specifically, the area around LA's two major harbors presently contains a confusion of rail elements that need better tagging). "More work" includes improving yards statewide and reducing or eliminating tracks=# tags (entering each distinct track element). Eventually, all named rail should be in route=railway relations. California railroads are not 100% there yet, but continue to approach this subgoal. Another goal is for all route=train relations (passenger rail) to contain accurate relation memberships of (named) track infrastructure, largely done but not complete — another frontier. Other frontiers are maxspeed=* and railway=signal tags, barely extant now.
Seriously: should you take a look and decide to do so, almost everything here can use review and/or improvement, especially performing TIGER review and improving tagging from public_transport:version=1 v1 to public_transport:version=2 v2. Thank you!
Active Lines (Mainline, Branch, Industrial and Short)
California railroads operated over 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 the Burlington Northern Santa Fe 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 smaller freight rail known as “short line” railroads (there are no medium-sized Class II railroads in California, all short-lines are smaller-sized Class III), which serve a particular market or which provide feeder service to the national freight rail network represented by the UP and the BNSF.
The Active Lines tables are "mostly complete." 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, UPRR’s California operations handled over 3 million carloads.
Note that there is a UP Valley Subdivision in Mainline (Roseville - Chico - Dunsmuir) and a different UP Valley Subdivision (owned by SCRRA/Metrolink-SCAX, while UP has trackage rights) in Branch.
Note that there is a UP Mojave Subdivision in UP's Mainline section (Bakersfield - Mojave - Colton) and a different BNSF Mojave Subdivision in BNSF's Mainline section (Mojave - Barstow).
|Alameda Freight Corridor||Southern Pacific (SP)||4565126||Long Beach - Port of Los Angeles - Los Angeles||Partially complete||This route=railway needs review and substantial work; considered only minimally correct.|
|Black Butte Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||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)||4483009||Oroville - Keddie Wye - Portola||A good amount of review already done, should be double-checked||BNSF has trackage rights|
|Cima Subdivision||Los Angeles & Salt Lake (LA&SL) (UP subsidiary)||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|
|Coast Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4515581||San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - Salinas - Gilroy - San Jose - Oakland||Mostly done, improved substantially to completion or near completion; should be double-checked.||Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national, Capitol Corridor passenger=regional and ACE passenger=suburban route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.|
|Fresno Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||2748023||Bakersfield - Fresno - Stockton - Sacramento||Reviewed S of Fresno-Madera county line; retagged N of there||Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional passenger route=trains.|
|Los Angeles Subdivision||Los Angeles & Salt Lake (LA&SL) (UP subsidiary)||4544215||Los Angeles, Ninth Street Jct. - Commerce - Pomona - Pedley - Riverside||Considered only minimally correct||Needs double tracking, better naming and alignment in some places. Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national and Metrolink Riverside Line (Purple) passenger=suburban route=trains.|
|Martinez Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4493104||Oakland - Martinez - Fairfield - Davis - Sacramento - Roseville||Largely complete||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.|
|Mojave Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||3971063||Colton - Cajon Pass - Palmdale - Mojave - Tehachapi Pass - Bakersfield||Reviewed Bakersfield - Palmdale; retagged Palmdale - Colton||Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional passenger route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.|
|Oakland Subdivision||Western Pacific (WP)||4498892||Oakland - Niles Canyon - Livermore - Tracy - Stockton||Done||Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional and ACE passenger=suburban route=trains.|
|Roseville Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4489569||Roseville - Colfax - Truckee - Reno (Nevada) - Sparks (Nevada)||Tracing completed from Roseville to Reno using 2006/2007 USGS Ortho imagery from Roseville to lower foothills and undated Bing imagery over the Sierra. Probably needs to be realigned or updated at a few places. The "California Zephyr" relation needs to be redone; it's so big it's hard to work with.||Supports Amtrak "California Zephyr" passenger=national and Amtrak California Capitol Corridor passenger=regional route=trains.|
|Sacramento Subdivision||Western Pacific (WP)||1954847||Stockton - Sacramento - Marysville - Oroville||Partially complete||Supports Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger=national route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.|
|Santa Barbara Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||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.|
|Valley Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||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)||4487490||Portola - Reno Junction - Gerlach (Nevada) - Winnemucca (Nevada)||California segment lightly reviewed||BNSF has trackage rights.|
|Yuma Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4485205||Colton - Palm Springs - Yuma (Arizona)||Said to be done||Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights.|
Note that there is a UP Valley Subdivision in Mainline (Roseville - Chico - Dunsmuir) and a different UP Valley Subdivision (owned by SCRRA/Metrolink-SCAX, while UP has trackage rights) in Branch.
|Alhambra Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4540944||Rancho (Los Angeles) - West Colton (yard) - Yuma Junction||This route=railway needs review; considered only minimally correct. Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains.|
|Altamont||Southern Pacific (SP)||6200734||Tracy - Midway||Done|
|Calexico Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)?||6773331||Niland - Calipatria - Brawley - El Centro - Calexico||Partially complete|
|El Centro Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||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.|
|Hollister Industrial Lead||?||6208109||Carnadero (Gilroy) - Hollister||Believed complete, please double-check|
|La Habra Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4565127||Huntington Park - Bell - Pico Rivera||Believed complete, please double-check|
|Lone Pine Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||6176837||Mojave - Searles||No tiger_reviewed:no tags left, and largely looks good, however please double-check|
|Los Nietos Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||6723257||Studebaker (Norwalk) - Santa Fe Springs - Whittier Junction|
|McHenry Industrial Lead||Western Pacific (WP)/Tidewater Southern (TS) (subsidiary)||6280427||Stockton - Manteca Jct. - Escalon|
|Modoc Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4487489||Lakeview Junction (near Alturas) southward an unknown distance||Looks good, please double-check||Most of this (to the California-Nevada border, nearly all the way southeast to Winnemucca Subdivision in Nevada) is tagged railway=abandoned.|
|Niles Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||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.|
|Oak Creek Spur||Southern Pacific (SP)||5810260||Mojave - Mojave Quarry||Reviewed by happy5214|
|San Pedro Subdivision||?||4562006||Long Beach - Bell - Vernon||It is not known if the southern portion of this route=railway is correct|
|Tidewater Subdivision||Western Pacific (WP)/Tidewater Southern (TS) (subsidiary)||6184897||Modesto - Hatch|
|Tracy Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||4498925||Martinez - Antioch - Brentwood - Tracy - Lathrop||Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional passenger route=trains.|
|Turlock Industrial Lead||?||6280366||Turlock - Hatch (Jct. at Tidewater Subdivision)|
|Valley Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||5621446||Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Sylmar - Newhall - Lancaster - Palmdale||Partially complete||UP has trackage rights (only). Supports Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (Green) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX).|
|Warm Springs Subdivision||?||6742549||San Jose - Milpitas - Fremont||Done||Supports Amtrak California Capitol Corridor passenger=regional passenger route=trains.|
|West Line||?||4508022||Roseville - Auburn - Emigrant Gap||Supports Amtrak "California Zephyr" passenger=national and Amtrak California Capitol Corridor passenger=regional route=trains.|
|Alameda Corridor East||?||6727785||I-5/CA-110 (Los Angeles) - Taylor Jct.||Done|
|Baldwin Park||Pacific Electric Railway||6722844||Rialto||Done|
|Brea Chemical Industrial Lead||SP, Pacific Electric Railway||4565758||Brea - La Habra - Santa Fe Springs||Partially done|
|Chemurgic Industrial Lead||?||6280365||Hatch (Jct. at Tidewater Subdivision) - Chemurgic|
|Chino Industrial Lead||SP||6722809||Pomona - Chino|
|Crestmore Industrial Lead||?||6722792||Rubidoux - Crestmore||Done|
|El Segundo Industrial Lead||?||4565759||Watts - Hawthorne - El Segundo|
|Fullerton Industrial Lead||UP||4565760||Fullerton - La Habra|
|Granite Rock Industrial Lead||?||6742550||Warm Springs Subdivision - Berryessa Road (San José)|
|Ione Industrial Lead||SP||4520042||Galt - Ione|
|Lakewood Industrial Lead||?||The single 3 km way is entered||Long Beach - Lakewood||Done||Segment south of about Cover Street is abandoned|
|Lompoc Industrial Lead||?||6377506||Surf - Lompoc||Needs "light and easy" TIGER review|
|Loyalton Industrial Lead||?||4510757||Loyalton - Winnemuca Subdivision||Done, but might need more bridges/water crossings||Segment south of Loyalton industrial area seems to be abandoned|
|Luther Industrial Spur||SP||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||?||6660772||Madera - Italian Swiss Colony||Done (for core spur, not additional leads)||Name is likely not correct. Additional industrial leads need better naming|
|Newark Industrial Lead||?||6714345||Newark - San Francisco Bay||Done||The western portion actually in San Francisco Bay is disused, but may be revived|
|Ontario Industrial Lead||SP||6742855||Ontario||Done|
|Paramount Industrial Lead||Pacific Electric Railway||6283262||Paramount||Done|
|Patata Industrial Lead||SP||4565054||Firestone Park - Downey - Norwalk - Buena Park - Anaheim - Orange - Santa Ana - Harbor Boulevard|
|Redwood Harbor Industrial Lead||?||6280312||Redwood City||Part of this is railway=tram running down the middle of Chestnut Street|
|Redwood Junction Industrial Lead||?||6280300||Redwood City||Done|
|Reno Industrial Lead||?||6274339||Reno (Nevada) - Panther Valley (Nevada) - Reno Jct.|
|Reyes Industrial Lead||?||6713679||Firestone Park - Compton - Del Amo||Done|
|Riverside Industrial Lead||?||4553158||Riverside - Hunter Park - Colton|
|Rohr Industrial Spur||?||The single 3.9 km way is entered||Riverside Municipal Airport||Done|
|Stanton Industrial Lead||SP||4565055||West Anaheim - Los Alamitos Jct. - Westminster - Huntington Beach|
|Torrance Industrial Lead||?||4587246||South Los Angeles - Gardena - Torrance||Done|
|Tustin Industrial Lead||SP||6722996||Anaheim - Orange|
|Vasona Industrial Lead||?||6133755||San Jose - Campbell - Lehigh Permanente Quarry||Done|
|White Hills Industrial Lead||?||6563170||Lompoc - Imerys (quarries)||Done|
|Wilmington Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||6186575||Wilmington Figueroa - Wilmington (refineries)||Pretty rough, may be shorter or longer|
|Woodbridge Industrial Lead||?||6795993||Lodi||Disappears over a bridge into a residential neighborhood: active rail or disused?|
Burlington Northern Santa Fe 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 UPRR’s 3.9 million). In addition to its own routes, BNSF holds trackage rights over the UPRR 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 (Northern Transcon and 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, BNSF moves about 3.9 million carloads per year.
- All routes are formerly Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) unless otherwise noted.
Note that there is a BNSF Mojave Subdivision in BNSF's Mainline section and a different UP Mojave Subdivision in UP's Mainline section.
|Bakersfield Subdivision||2856112||Bakersfield - Hanford - Calwa (S of Fresno)||Fully reviewed||Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional passenger route=trains.|
|Cajon Subdivision||1476971||Barstow - Victorville - Cajon Pass - San Bernardino||Reviewed before process was fully organized; may need updating to new standards||Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains. UP has trackage rights.|
|Gateway Subdivision||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|
|Mojave Subdivision||3313150||Barstow - Mojave - (trackage rights over UP Mojave Subdivision) - Bakersfield||Fully reviewed||May support Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional passenger route=trains. (Unclear w.r.t. UP trackage rights)|
|Needles Subdivision||1477496||Needles - Barstow||happy5214 has reviewed/fixed this line.||Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains. UP has trackage rights.|
|San Bernardino Subdivision||1477499||San Bernardino - Fullerton - Los Angeles||Needs a fair bit of review||"Track splits" need fixing. W and N of the Hobart end of this to Mission Jct. needs 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.|
|Seligman Subdivision||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||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 passenger route=trains.|
|Harbor Subdivision||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)||Gap between Crenshaw and I-105 for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX project now under construction. This route was largely displaced by the much more direct Alameda Freight Corridor (UP) when it opened in 2002. Remaining are a southern portion (I-110/Harbor Freeway southward) and a northern and eastern portion (Crenshaw / 67th to Los Angeles River, near Hobart Yard / San Bernardino Subdivision).|
|Lucerne Valley Subdivision||6153823||Hesperia - Cushenbury||Completed from Hesperia eastward to Kiowa Road|
|Orange 91 Line||4565974||Fullerton - Placentia - Richfields||Seems correct||Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains|
|Richmond||4614689||Richmond - Stege Jct. (Martinez Subdivision)||Done|
|San Diego Branch||6138890||San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - National City||Done|
|3M Industrial Lead||6722981||Corona - Corona Rock Quarry||Done||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.|
|Boron Lead||Boron - Boron Mines||Partially complete||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.|
|Irvine Industrial Park||6274173||Irvine||Done||Is old_railway_operator=* AT&SF? Or is it SP?|
|Pasadena||6656826||Claremont - Irwindale||Done||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.|
|Port of Richmond||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" (Class III railroads; there are no Class II railroads in California) expressed as route=railway relations. Short Lines largely have underlying infrastructure tags of usage=branch or usage=industrial. On occasion, usage=main is found on Short Line passenger routes, for example, SDNX supports COASTER and JPBX supports Caltrain passenger=suburban route=trains. Some Short Line infrastructure elements 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 SDNR SPRINTER by PSRR. California is home to 18 active short line railroads and 8 switching and terminal railroads operating on over 823 route miles (1324 km).
There remain some railways tagged usage=military which might be collected into 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"). An Overpass Turbo search for way["usage"="military"] can be useful. There are military rail areas at Sierra Army Depot, Travis AFB, NWS Concord, MOT Concord, NCS Stockton, Vandenberg AFB, MCLB Barstow, USAF Plant 42 (Palmdale), NAWC China Lake, NB Ventura County, NWS Seal Beach and MCBC Pendleton. (There may be 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 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: 657 miles, the majority of the state's short-line mileage.
Arizona and California Railroad (ARZC)
Total mileage: 190 miles, 84 miles of which are in California.
|Cadiz Subdivision||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||4519548||Rice - Blythe - Ripley||Needs "light and easy" TIGER review.||Railbanked for trail use about 7 km south of Rice, per STB Docket AB 1022 1 X.|
California Northern Railroad (CFNR)
A Class III railroad hauling mainly food and agricultural commodities, as well as stone products. Total mileage: 210.
|Hamilton Subdivision||6290060||Orland - Hamilton||Needs TIGER review|
|Napa Subdivision||4492800||Lombard - Napa||Needs TIGER review|
|Schellville||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 NCRA between Schellville and Willits.|
|Travis Spur||The single 4 km 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||4492805||Napa Jct. - Vallejo||Done|
|West Side Subdivision||4501157||Tracy - Patterson - Gustine - Los Baños||Needs TIGER review||Hauling tomatoes, tomato paste, grain, other agricultural products.|
|West Valley||4498171||Tehama - Willows - Dunnigan - Woodland - Davis||Needs TIGER review|
Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP)
Total mileage: 305, 56 of which are in California.
|Siskiyou||4522356||Weed - Montague - Eugene (Oregon)||Partially complete||Only the California segment (not Oregon) is included in the Siskiyou Subdivision relation of this Class II railroad. Indeed, this may be named "Siskiyou Subdivision" in California only; this is not known. Needs the Oregon segment added to the relation. Hauls logs, lumber products, and plywood.|
San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway (SDAE),
San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY)
Complexities in San Diego partly arise from difficult physical trackage on SDAE's Desert branch and tumultuous corporate ownership and financing histories. In short, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) owns SDAE while Genesee & Wyoming has temporal (nighttime) industrial/freight trackage operator rights on SDAE's Blue and Orange as SDIY (BNSF interchange in Downtown San Diego at yard on Cesar Chavez Parkway). From San Diego's Santa Fe Depot northward to Oceanside, North County Transit District (COASTER as SDNX) owns tracks and from Oceanside to Fullerton SCRRA (Metrolink as SCAX) owns tracks, while BNSF has operator rights on these segments (San Diego - Oceanside - Fullerton). This allows SDIY, BJRR, (PIR, apparently less so, as of 2016) and PSRR to interchange via BNSF. For UP interchange, PIR is believed to have operator rights from Plaster City to Seeley on UP's El Centro Subdivision, although PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016. It is a little complicated around here! Total mileage on SDIY: 1.
|Blue||6159026||San Diego - San Ysidro||Looks good||Owned by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as SDAE to support San Diego Trolley UC San Diego Blue Line (route=light_rail passenger service) during daytime and evening hours (assumed in OSM to be until 2359), member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Blue are 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.|
|Orange||6159028||San Diego - El Cajon||Looks good||Owned by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as SDAE to support San Diego Trolley Orange Line (route=light_rail passenger service) during daytime and evening hours (assumed in OSM to be until 2359), member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Orange are 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.|
|Green||6159081||San Diego - La Mesa||Looks good||Owned by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) to support San Diego Trolly Green Line (route=light_rail passenger service) during daytime and evening hours. No industrial/freight operates on Green, it is "passenger only," member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Green are SDTI. Green was built after purchase of SDAE from SP, so MTS owns Green, but as part of SDAE or SDTI only?|
|Desert||4515759||Division (Mexican border near Campo) - Plaster City||Needs minor to moderate TIGER review||Owned by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as SDAE. Just the California segments are included in the relation. Excluded are the Mexico segments from Tijuana to Tecate (Baja California Railroad, BJRR) 6184566usage=tourism demonstration passenger route=trains at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum as SDAX., as SP relinquished interest in Mexico segments in 1970. BJRR owns and operates industrial/freight on Mexico segments of Desert (and, as of June 2016, operates industrial/freight on California segments, too?). Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR) may also retain some operator rights on California segments of Desert (only) as it undertakes a major track rehabilitation project scheduled for completion at the end of 2018. PIR may also have trackage rights on UP's El Centro Subdivision from Plaster City to Seeley, although PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016. As San Diego MTS owns Desert (actually, all five rows of SDAE in this table), it is reiterated that Genesee & Wyoming is an industrial/freight operator only on Blue and Orange as SDIY (it is complicated around here). Finally, a segment north of Division to Campo supports Golden State|
|Coronado||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, appears to have become fully abandoned soon after that.|
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).
|Arvin Subdivision||AT&SF/SP||3983968||Arvin - Lamont - Algoso/Magunden||Done||Absorbed from AT&SF/SP, with SJVR as operator, then abandoned by TVRR.|
|Buttonwillow Subdivision||SP||3977701||Kern Junction/Bakersfield - Gosford - Buttonwillow||Done|
|Clovis Subdivision||AT&SF between BNSF Stockton Subdivision and Clovis Avenue/SP on either end||3285449||Fresno - Clovis||Done|
|Exeter Subdivision||SP||2640886||Fresno - Sanger - Reedley - Exeter - Lindsay - Strathmore||Done||Appears to be in early stages of abandonment|
|Goshen Subdivision||SP||2748031||Exeter - Farmersville - Visalia - Goshen||Done||Was named Visalia Branch|
|Hanford Subdivision||SP||2748032||Goshen - Hanford - Lemoore - Huron||Done|
|Landco Subdivision||AT&SF||3320280||Landco - Oil Junction||Done|
|Loma Spur||AT&SF||2643325||Visalia - Loma||Done|
|North Joint Subdivision||SP||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||3936006||Oil Junction - Maltha||Done||Absorbed from AT&SF/SP, with SJVR as operator, then abandoned by TVRR.|
|Porterville||AT&SF, Visalia Electric (VE)||5483654||Exeter - Lindsay||Done|
|Riverdale Branch||SP||3925077||Burrel - San Joaquin - Tranquillity - Ingle||Done||Name from CPUC. Riverdale Subdivision? Southeastern end (Burrel to Kerman Branch) is abandoned.|
|Sunset Subdivision||SUN (joint subsidiary of AT&SF/SP)||3983904||Gosford - end of line||Done|
|West Side Subdivision||SP||4259489||Fresno - Kerman - Mendota - Firebaugh - Oxalis||Done|
Ventura County Railroad (VCRR)
Total mileage: 9.
|Main||6174172||Ventura - Naval Base Ventura County||Complete, however many sidings and spurs need better naming and tagging||Tags change from usage=branch to usage=military at Naval Base boundary|
|Patterson||6174173||Ventura - Port Hueneme||Done||Hauling new automobiles, petroleum products and wood products|
End of Genesee & Wyoming section.
Central California Traction Company (CCT)
|Central Valley Branch||6177218||Stockton - Lodi||Done||A Class III switching railroad jointly owned by UP and BNSF. Total mileage: 96.|
Fillmore and Western Railway (FWRY)
|Santa Paula||4515619||East Ventura - Santa Paula - Fillmore - Piru||Partially complete||Supports Fillmore and Western Railway usage=tourism passenger route=trains. ROW east of Piru once connected to Santa Clarita, but tracks were apparently washed out in a flood, they may be re-built. Total mileage: 28.|
Lake County Railroad (LCR)
|Lakeview Subdivision||6172156||Lakeview (Oregon) - Alturas - Canby - Perez||Partially complete||Both the California and Oregon segments of this branch are included. Owned by Frontier Rail.|
Los Angeles Junction Railway (LAJ)
|Los Angeles Junction||Serves industrial areas in Vernon, Maywood, Bell and Commerce||Incomplete||A wholly owned subsidiary of BNSF, providing rail switching services on 64 miles (103 km) of track. While rail now existing in OSM (from TIGER import) seems to represent some of this, none or very little is properly tagged with owner/operator tags of Los Angeles Junction Railway.|
Modesto and Empire Traction Company (MET)
|North Main||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. Total mileage: 49.|
Napa Valley Railroad (NVRR)
|Napa Valley Railroad||5149956||Napa - Saint Helena||Partially complete||Supports Napa Valley Wine Train usage=tourism passenger route=trains and sees occasional freight/industrial service. Total mileage: 18.|
Niles Canyon Railway (NICX)
|Niles Canyon Railway||3111553||Niles - Sunol - Pleasanton||Partially complete||Supports Golden Gate Railroad Museum usage=tourism passenger route=trains. Contains a fair bit of railway=disused and railway=abandoned segments to UP's Oakland Subdivision east of Pleasanton.|
North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA),
Northwest Pacific Railroad Company (NWPCo)
North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) was formed in 1989 by the California Legislature to railbank (ensure railroad service continuation) >500 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 Schellville for SMART passenger service. (At Schellville, CFNR grants trackage rights to Lombard/Napa Jct., where the railroad feeds CFNR's Schellville 20 km short line to connect to Union Pacific mainline at Fairfield-Suisun). In 2003, NWPRA was dissolved into SMART. In 2006, NWP Company (NWPCo) was selected by NCRA to lease, manage and operate trains on the line and is now the exclusive common carrier of all industrial/freight and passenger excursion trains between Lombard and Willits. To summarize: lines between Lombard and Healdsburg depot (Brazos Branch, Larkspur to Cloverdale/Healdsburg Segment) are owned by SMART and Healdsburg - Willits - Eureka/Samoa portions (Willits Segment, Eel River Block, Humboldt Bay Block) are owned by NCRA.
"Russian River Division" extends from Schellville (with trackage rights on CFNR to Lombard) west to US Highway 101 at Ignacio Wye near Novato, then north to Willits, a distance of about 242 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, a distance of about 156 km. Humboldt Bay Block begins north of South Fork through Rio Dell, Fortuna, Eureka and Arcata, then around Humboldt Bay to Samoa, a distance of 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 appears to be lightly active (grain, lumber, LPG, wine) between Schellville and Windsor, perhaps as far north as Redwood Valley. SMART Phase 1 passenger service is now in regular revenue service. As of 2018, significant track segments are tagged railway=disused, largely north of Willits. 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 painted primer gray. This is a dynamic railroad, with much going on along hundreds of km of track, so accurate updates are appreciated!
|Brazos Branch (aka "Lombard Segment")||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.|
|Larkspur to Cloverdale (aka "Healdsburg Segment")||4491389||Larkspur - San Rafael - Novato - Petaluma - Rohnert Park - Santa Rosa - Windsor - Healdsburg||Done||Supports SMART passenger=suburban route=trains. Members are tagged usage=branch and railway=rail, remaining so with SMART Phase 1 service. Segment from San Rafael to Larkspur is incomplete; as of 2018, this is in construction stages to implement SMART Phase 2, expected 2019. While this construction continues, free bus service is provided by SMART between San Rafael and Larkspur and similar bus service connects Sonoma County Airport station with Cloverdale.|
|Willits Segment||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||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||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)
|West Oakland Pacific Railroad||Industrial areas around Oakland Army Base||Incomplete||Owned by Oakland Global Rail Enterprises (Industrial Railways Company? Oakland Terminal Railway?), OGRE operates on 10 miles (16 km) of track. It is not well represented (in existence and/or tagged) in OSM.|
Orange Empire Railway (OERM)
|Museum Tram||The single way is entered.||Perris - Orange Empire Railway Museum||Complete||Supports Orange Empire Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=tram.|
|Orange Empire Railway||The dual-gauge Loop Line is entered.||Orange Empire Railway Museum||Complete||Supports Orange Empire Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=train.|
Pacific Harbor Line (PHL)
|Pacific Harbor Line||Port of Los Angeles - Port of Long Beach||Incomplete||Owned by Anacostia & Pacific Company, this neutral switching railroad operates on 59 route miles (95 km) and facilities owned by both ports. It is not well represented (in existence and/or tagged) in OSM.|
Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR)
|Pacific Imperial Railroad||San Diego - Seeley||Should be fully reviewed||Has operator rights over the portion of UP's El Centro Subdivision from Plaster City to Seeley and perhaps on the California portion of SDAE's Desert branch. In June 2016, BJRR appears to have gained control over Desert, cutting PIR out of most operations and repairs, although PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016 (it is complicated around here). Entered into this table entry here reiterating SDAE, SDIY and El Centro Subdivision references. Needs additional clarification.|
Pacific Sun Railroad (PSRR)
Owned and operated by Watco Companies. Total mileage: 62 (100 km).
|Miramar||6161047||Miramar||Done||A short (< 3 km) freight/light industrial line with a few spurs, member ways tagged usage=industrial.|
|Escondido Subdivision||6161003||Escondido - San Marcos - Vista - Oceanside - Stuart Mesa||Needs minor review||Supports SDNR (North County Transit District, NCTD) passenger=suburban 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)
|Peninsula||7916804||San Francisco (King & 4th) - Millbrae - Palo Alto - Santa Clara (San José - Gilroy)||Done||Supports Caltrain Baby Bullet, Limited and Local passenger=suburban route=trains. JPBX ownership ends north of Santa Clara/University station, then trackage rights allow Caltrain trains to/through Diridon/San José on UP's Coast Subdivision alignment to Gilroy. Plans are to extend passenger revenue service further southward to Salinas.|
Quincy Railroad (QRR)
|Quincy Railroad||6289965||Quincy - UP Canyon Subdivision||Done||A 5.26 km 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)
|Richmond Pacific Railroad||4614688||Richmond Shipping Terminal||Done||An industrial switching and terminal railroad serving the Port of Richmond, 6 miles (10 km) of track.|
Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority (????)
|Placerville Branch||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)
|Sacramento Southern Railroad||6142387||Sacramento - Walnut Grove||Roughly entered||Owned by 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 disused and/or abandoned, however, light freight/industrial usage growth might extend movements further southward.|
Sacramento Valley Railroad (SAV)
|Sacramento Valley Railroad||6297117||McClellan||Only very roughly entered||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|
San Diego Northern Railway (SDNX)
|San Diego Northern Railway (aka "Surf Line")||4727062||San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - Solana Beach - Oceanside||Done||Supports Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional and SDNX COASTER passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by North County Transit District (NCTD). BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator (only) from San Diego - Oceanside - Fullerton.|
San Francisco Bay Railroad (SFBR)
|San Francisco Bay Railroad||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)||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 & Monterey Bay Railway (SCMB)
|Santa Cruz Branch||4710692||Pajaro - Watsonville - Santa Cruz - Davenport||Complete||SCMB hosts light freight/industrial service (lumber, frozen food, biodiesel matter) for Iowa Pacific, sole operator=* on all 52 km of this 140-year-old publicly-owned branch, interchanging with Union Pacific at Watsonville Junction. Iowa Pacific also operates seasonal usage=tourism trains with plans for additional excursion and dinner trains, while track/bridge rehabilitation and feasibility studies may potentially offer regular passenger=local revenue service in the medium-term future (2025-2030?), transferring at a future Pajaro Station. This gives connections to a planned southerly extension of Amtrak California's Capitol Corridor passenger=regional service to Salinas and Amtrak passenger=national Coast Starlight service to Los Angeles, plus northerly connections to Gilroy and San José/Diridon passenger=suburban, railway=light_rail and railway=subway trains (ACE, Caltrain, VTA and future BART). A countywide parallel pedestrian/bicycle trail is in planning and early phases of construction.|
Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway (SCBG)
|Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway||4710708||Santa Cruz - Felton (Roaring Camp) - Olympia||Mostly complete||A total of 9 miles (15 km) of track supports Santa Cruz Beach Train usage=tourism (or heritage) passenger route=trains and sees light freight use (lumber) as usage=industrial.|
Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMV)
Total mileage: 14 (22 km).
|Santa Maria Valley Railroad||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.|
Sierra Northern Railway (SERA)
Total mileage: 68 (109 km).
|California Western Railroad||4710758||Fort Bragg - Willits||Partially complete||Supports Skunk Train usage=tourism passenger route=train. It is believed (but not confirmed) that SERA has trackage rights on NCRA to Willits Yard.|
|Sonora Subdivision||3965922||Oakdale - Sonora||Complete||Supports Sierra Railroad Dinner Train usage=tourism passenger route=train|
|Riverbank Subdivision||4659185||Riverbank - Oakdale||Seems complete|
|Woodland||4498375||West Sacramento - Woodland||Seems complete||Supports Sacramento RiverTrain usage=tourism passenger route=train. There also appears to be a disconnected industrial spur north of Woodland (not part of this relation, perhaps it should be) with access only via CFNR's West Valley Branch (trackage rights?).|
The SCRRA is a joint powers authority governed by five county-level 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).
|Montalvo Subdivision - East||The single segment of track is entered||East Ventura - UP Santa Barbara Subdivision||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.|
|Montalvo Subdivision - West||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||4540767||Orange - Anaheim Canyon - Richfields||Branch is correct but sidings and spurs need work||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||4540474||Oceanside - San Clemente - San Juan Capistrano - Irvine - Santa Ana - Anaheim - Fullerton||Very partially reviewed along southern portion||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.|
|Perris Valley Subdivision||4503625||Riverside/Hunter Park - Moreno Valley - Perris - (Hemet - San Jacinto)||Needs work on crossover around Riverside Industrial||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). Segments beyond South Perris are named "San Jacinto Branch" from BNSF ownership, correct? Not known if this continues to Hemet and San Jacinto for freight.|
|River Subdivision||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||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 is owner. BNSF is a "trackage rights tenant."|
|Short Way Subdivision||4547213||San Bernardino - CP Rana||Done||Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national and 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||5621446||Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Sylmar - Newhall - Lancaster - Palmdale||Partially complete||Supports Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (Green) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX), UP has trackage rights (only). old_railway_operator=* was Southern Pacific (SP)|
|Ventura Subdivision||6196233||Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Van Nuys - Northridge - Chatsworth - Simi Valley - Moorpark||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).|
Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad (STE)
|Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad||6270902||Stockton - Linden||Begun, but not very far along||Owned by Omnitrax, 25 total miles (40 km) of track around Stockton interchanging with UP and BNSF via CCT. Roughly entered, tracks need better naming. Hauling and interchanging agriculture, asphalt, cement, chemicals, food, lumber, steel.|
Trona Railway (TRC)
|Trona Railway||6176689||Searle - Trona||Partially complete||Owned by Searles Valley Minerals/Nirma. Total mileage: 31 (50 km). Hauling sulfuric acid, soda ash, potash, salt cake, borax, coal, minerals and material for NAWS China Lake.|
Western Railway Museum (WRM)
|Dozier to Pittsburg||6291754||Dozier - Pittsburg||Needs TIGER review||Supports Western Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=trains via track tagged railway=preserved and electrified railway=tram. Contains segments of railway=disused and on the southern portion significant railway=abandoned.|
Yreka Western Railroad (YWRR)
|Yreka Western Railroad||6174231||Yreka - Montague||Done||Tracks are tagged railway=preserved, owned by Rocky Mountain Railroad & Mining Museum, sees light usage=industrial (wood chips and forest products, propane), supports usage=tourism steam-powered excursion route=train, Blue Goose.|
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)
|Mojave Northern Railroad||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)
|Plaster City Railroad||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)
|Alpaugh Branch||3112882||Alpaugh - BNSF Bakersfield Subdivision||Complete||This is a private railroad, not a common carrier (serves/owned by Crop Production Services)|
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!
|Almanor Railroad||6168040||Clear Creek Junction - Chester||Western spurs are reviewed, most of this ~20 km line is not reviewed|
|Dozier to Cannon||6291770||Dozier - Cannon||Needs TIGER review||Was old Sacramento Northern Railway, now part of Western Railway Museum. Believed to be seldom if ever used (to connect to UP).|
|Eagle Mountain Railroad||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||6636008||Willits - South Fork||Needs TIGER Review||All segments are tagged railway=disused. See NCRA.|
|Fresno Interurban District||3416898||Fresno - Riverbend||Done||Part is railway=disused and part is railway=abandoned.|
|Newark Industrial Lead||6714344||San Francisco Bay (near Newark) - East Palo Alto||Done||The portion actually IN San Francisco Bay connecting to Redwood Junction Industrial Lead|
|Redlands||6290074||San Bernardino - Redlands||Done||Owned by BNSF. 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, with final design in 2017. Mainline construction is projected to begin in mid 2018, with service starting in late 2020. Stops will include Downtown San Bernardino, San Manuel Stadium, Tippecanoe Avenue, Downtown Redlands and University of Redlands.|
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!
|4th Street Line||SP||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||6773603||Yuma Subdivision - Andrade||Seems OK for what it is||Part of SP subsidiary Inter-California Railway, which continued through Mexico to Calexico|
|Coalinga Branch||SP||3285459||Coalinga - Hanford||Done|
|Colusa Branch||SP||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||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||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||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 segment of track is entered.||Kerman - Armona||Done|
|Lick Branch||SP||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||3983837||Buttonwillow - McKittrick||Partly done||An abandoned portion off the west end of the Buttonwillow Subdivision|
|Richgrove Spur||SP||6858020||Richgrove - Trocha - Jovista||Name is likely wrong|
|Springville Branch||SP||3330021||Porterville - Worth quarry||Done||Shared with existing roads for some segments|
|Winters Branch||SP||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
|Name||old_railway_operator=*||Relation or Way||Route||TIGER Review||Notes|
|Barnwell District||AT&SF||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 segment of track is entered.||Laton - Lanare||Done|
|Oakland District||AT&SF||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||3231337||Minkler - Orange Cove - Lindsay - Exeter - Porterville - Terra Bella - Ducor - (gap) - Landco - Bakersfield||Done||Also contains Landco Subdivision|
|Randsburg District||AT&SF||The single 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||7717108||Tosco - Riverview Farms||Not||Spur line from the Blythe Subdivision to Riverview Farm & Cattle during 1954-1982.|
|Ultra Branch||AT&SF||The single 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||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||3285443||Reedley - Piedra||Appears to be done|
|Woodlake Spur||AT&SF||Hillmaid - Woodlake||Done|
|Dozier to Sacramento||SN||6805052||Dozier - Sacramento||Needs TIGER review||Was old Sacramento Northern Railway|
|Sacramento Northern Railway (abandoned)||SN||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||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||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.|
Other Class I railroads
|Hambone - Lookout||Great Northern (GN)||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||6855096||Arcata - Glendale - Blue Lake||Was never entered by TIGER||An 11-km ROW owned by NCRA. A "surviving" and obviously-Bing-identifiable segment is the Mad River Bridge, there may be others.|
|Bodie & Benton Railway||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||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 Law, California. Acquired by the Southern Pacific.|
|Death Valley Railroad||DVRR||The single segment of track is entered.||KMI Zeolite Mine - Ryan||Done|
|Epsom Salts Monorail||The single 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||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||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||6172147(Mount Shasta/Main), 6741104 (Burney)||Mount Shasta - McCloud - (Burney) - Hambone||Partly done||The Mount Shasta, Yard and a short segment of Main east of McCloud may be still active for the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train, although if not, these might be marked railway=disused or even railway=abandoned if the rail and ties have been removed. This is true for the vast majority of railway (east to Hambone), which is tagged railway=abandoned. Burney is a southerly spur collected into a relation different from the previously identified segment.|
|Pacific Coast Railway||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||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 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||6773733||Zayante - Clems - Glenwood - Laurel - Wrights||Done||No TIGER tags, but needs much work. Rumored to have continued to Los Gatos and San Francisco Bay at (or near) Alviso. 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||6730365||Camp Roberts - Stone Canyon quarry||Done, though pretty rough||Shared with existing roads for some segments|
|Sunset Railway||SUN||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||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||6698965||Strathmore - Lindsay - near Kaweah River||Appears to be done||Not much is known about this abandoned railway. It was a subsidiary of SP.|
|Alcoa Spur||AT&SF?||6728052||Torrance - West Carson||No additional TIGER attention needed, though may not be entire right-of-way (ROW)||An old AT&SF ROW?|
|Alta Mesa Spur||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||6773660||Chico - Paradise||Needs TIGER review||Name is likely wrong|
|Calistoga Branch||The single segment of track is entered||Calistoga||Done||Little is known|
|Camp San Luis Obispo||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 segment of track is entered||Fortuna - Carlotta||Done||ROW believed to be part of NCRA|
|Castroville to Monterey||6773687||Castroville - Monterey - Pacific Grove||Needs TIGER review||Part hike-and-bike trail, name is likely incorrect|
|Coronado||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, appears to have become fully abandoned soon after that.|
|Fallbrook Branch||6714270||Stuart Mesa - MCAS Camp Pendleton - NWS Fallbrook Annex - Fallbrook||Incomplete||Partially military rail near southern portion, largely abandoned|
|Inglewood Branch||6729728||Marina Del Rey||Done|
|Lakewood Industrial Lead||UP||6698808||Long Beach||Done||Union Pacific abandoned this south of about Cover Street, not known when.|
|Larkspur to Tiburon||NWP?||6794234||Larkspur - Reed - Tiburon||Done||Name is likely wrong. Believed to be old NWP ROW.|
|Milpitas Industrial Lead||6775759||Fremont||Done||A small segment seems to be a gravel rail-trail|
|Owens Lake Rail||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)||6283261||Paramount - Bellflower - Cypress - Garden Grove - Santa Ana||Done||A discontiguous collection of mixed railway=disused and railway=abandoned ways|
|Placerville (abandoned)||6801690||Placerville||Needs TIGER review||Parts of this are now known as El Dorado Trail, a highway=cycleway.|
|Redondo Beach Branch||6728023||Manhattan Beach - Redondo Beach||Part of this is now a dirt running trail|
|Sandia Industrial Lead||6773363||Calipatria - Holtville||Needs TIGER review||Sketchy|
|San Anselmo to Sausalito||NWP?||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||6730470||Concord - Pleasanton||Done||Largely has become the Iron Horse Trail (pedestrian/cycleway).|
|Tustin Branch||6728366||Tustin - Orange||OK TIGER status|
|Vacaville||6746811||Vacaville||Incomplete||Very little is known|
|Venta Spur||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).
There is also the LA Metro Orange Line which 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 was subsequently used by Pacific Electric streetcars from 1938 to 1952. In OSM, this is emerging: Orange might be considered "railtrail" but as there are parallel segments for pedestrians and bicycles in places, it seems better considered as a "transitway."
There are entries in the Abandoned tables (above) which contain significant segments of railtrail (usually ped/bike). 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!
|Burbank Chandler Bikeway||The single 5 km long way is entered||Downtown Burbank - near North Hollywood Metro Station||Reviewed by natfoot||Tagged railway=razed|
|Hammond Trail||6855097||McKinleyville||Incomplete||Tagged railway=abandoned in parts, an oceanside mixed use (bike-ped) rail-trail|
|Joe Rodota Trail||Santa Rosa - Sebastopol||Incomplete||Tagged railway=abandoned|
|Ojai - Ventura Bike Path||2790362||Ojai - Ventura||Incomplete||The significant segment is tagged railway=abandoned|
|Metro Orange Line Busway||6256034||North Hollywood - Warner Center - Chatsworth||Reviewed by stevea||Relation members are tagged railway=abandoned|
|Metro Silver Line Busway||6749558||El Monte - Downtown Los Angeles - Gardena (Harbor Gateway Transit Center) - San Pedro||No remaining TIGER tags||Relation members are tagged railway=abandoned|
|Sacramento Northern Railway (abandoned)||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 Abandoned table above. Should this be be split both here and there?|
Tracks, stations and platforms used for passenger trains 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.
Routes in these passenger train tables are "mostly Complete," at least to a rudimentary stage of public_transport:version=1. Let us improve these relations and data to public_transport:version=2 (with a route_master super-relation and bi-directional route logic). See the San Joaquins, which can be used as 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: Brunswick Line: Frederick => Union Station 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) trains, many intrastate and passenger=regional trains and all interstate, passenger=national (long_distance), highspeed=yes, service=night, and passenger=international trains (some cross into Canada); see full OSM Amtrak wiki table. Try OpenPublicTransportMap. Two subsets from that table are here as passenger=national and passenger=regional routes serving California, five routes by Amtrak proper, three operate jointly between Amtrak and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by an entity known as Amtrak California:
A route number formatting convention is in the Amtrak subset table below: some Trains (route ref=*) separated by a dash (as a range) are public_transport:version=1, by a comma (as individual routes in a route_master super-relation) are public_transport:version=2.
|California Zephyr||5-6||national||905830||Complete; rough public_transport v1. The relation is said to be so big it is hard to work with (>2500 members). 2438 miles (Chicago - Emeryville, California)|
|Coast Starlight||11-14||national||2812900||Complete; rough public_transport v1. Seattle Subdivision needs fixing. 1377 miles (Seattle - Los Angeles).|
|Southwest Chief||3, 4||national||4720714||Complete; rough public_transport v2. Seligman Subdivision needs fixing. 2265 miles (Chicago - Los Angeles).|
|Sunset Limited||1-2||national||297142||Complete; rough public_transport v1; Needs track/station node ordering, fixes around Houston. 1995 miles (Los Angeles - El Paso - New Orleans).|
|Texas Eagle||21-22; 321-322; 421-422||national||2795760||Complete; rough public_transport v1; Needs track split fixes in Arizona; tracks around Saint Louis are estimated. 2728 miles (Chicago - San Antonio - Los Angeles).|
OpenPublicTransportMap (OPTM) 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. Thanks to Indy Hurt and Mapzen, here is another rail renderer which displays rail-based passenger routes with their colour=* or color=* tag.
Colors are national Amtrak routes = royal blue.
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.
|Capitol Corridor||518-553; 720-751||regional||2845553||Complete; public_transport v1. 272 km (San Jose - Oakland - Sacramento - Auburn). Phase 1 southern extension from San José (Diridon) to Gilroy (+49 km) and Salinas (+60 km) expected in 2018, for a new total length of 381 km. New infill stations at Pajaro (to serve Watsonville) and Castroville (to serve Monterey) as Phase 2, no revenue service date specified. The Capitol Corridor is the third busiest Amtrak route in the country, moving 1.4 million passengers annually between San Jose and Auburn.|
|Pacific Surfliner||562-597; 763-799||regional||2812898||Complete; rough public_transport v1. 565 km (San Diego - Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo). The Pacific Surfliner is the second busiest Amtrak route in the country, moving 2.6 million passengers between San Luis Obispo and San Diego.|
|San Joaquins||701-718||regional||4668744||Not complete if exact platform locations count. Let's agree that they do. Let's improve this relation; rough public_transport v2. Use as a rough model v2 example route in California, other (Maryland) routes have better platform members. Needs better platform members. Map Your Train Ride! 507 km (Bakersfield - Stockton - Oakland), 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 the Amtrak California system, linking Los Angeles and the Bay Area.|
Colors are regional Amtrak California routes = California state poppy (color of flower, orange), ocean blue and khaki.
For shorter distance intrastate passenger=suburban ("commuter") trains, see below. On these route=train relations (Metrolink, Caltrain, BART, ACE, COASTER, SMART), passenger=suburban seems correct: "Local 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." Some (Metrolink Antelope Valley, ACE, SMART, Caltrain as it extends to Salinas...) may eventually grow long enough to tag passenger=regional instead.
Metrolink is a commuter rail system serving Southern California as SCRRA (reporting mark SCAX). It consists of seven lines and 55 stations operating on 388 miles (624 km) of rail network.
|91/Perris Valley Line (Blue)||Train||700s||2812902||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." Revenue service on Perris Valley extension (Riverside - Hunter Park, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris, South Perris) is active, with San Jacinto Branch segments included in this relation. However, tracks near here (new "semi-circle crossover" near Iowa Ave. & Spring St.) need minor correction/improvement. Map your train ride!|
|Antelope Valley Line (Green)||Train||200s||1172222||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review"|
|Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red)||Train||800s||2808958||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review"|
|Orange County Line (Orange)||Train||600s, A500s†, A700s†||2812899||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review"|
|Riverside Line (Purple)||Train||400s||1199065||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review." Tracks need better name and subdivision (route=railway) memberships|
|San Bernardino Line (Maroon)||Train||300s||1287719||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review"|
|Ventura County Line (Yellow)||Train||100s, 900s, A700s†||1165701||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review"|
† Trains which are prefixed with A are Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner train numbers 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 has OCTA approval for station design and awaits award of the construction contract, due February, 2018. Construction is projected to begin in April, 2018 and the station is scheduled to open late 2019 or early 2020.
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 SANBAG. SANBAG plans 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 and has completed final design. Mainline construction is projected to begin in mid 2018, with service starting in late 2020. Stops will include Downtown San Bernardino, San Manuel Stadium, Tippecanoe Avenue, Downtown Redlands and University of Redlands.
Caltrain / Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPBX)
Caltrain offers service from San Francisco through the San Francisco Peninsula to San Jose and Gilroy. It services over 30 stations on 77 miles (124 km) of track. Plans are to extend from Gilroy further south to Salinas, no date for the beginning of revenue service is known.
|Caltrain Baby Bullet||Train||305-386||2768040||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order, assure correct tracks.|
|Caltrain Limited||Train||206-289||6088583||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order, assure correct tracks.|
|Caltrain Local||Train||100s||2768041||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order, assure correct tracks.|
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
- Main article: Bay_Area_Rapid_Transit
BART is a public transportation system serving the Bay Area. BART's rapid transit system (mostly subway or "heavy rail") operates five routes on 104 miles (167 km) of line, with 44 stations in four counties.
|Richmond – Daly City/Millbrae (Red)||Subway||2851513||Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added.|
|Warm Springs/South Fremont – Daly City (Green)||Subway||2851729||Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 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 Berryessa, with revenue service expected to begin in 2018. Phase 2 is intended to extend BART 26 km from 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 2025.|
|Richmond - Warm Springs/South Fremont (Orange)||Subway||2851514||Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 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 Berryessa, with revenue service expected to begin in 2018. Phase 2 is intended to extend BART 26 km from 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 2025.|
|Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO/Millbrae (Yellow)||Subway||2827687||Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. A light_rail extension to Antioch (using DMUs, a different type of rolling stock requiring a train change at Pittsburg/Bay Point platform) is under construction. Revenue service expected to begin May 2018.|
|Dublin/Pleasanton – Millbrae (Blue)||Subway||2851730||Mostly complete; public_transport v2. Needs public_transport=platform locations added. 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.|
|BART to OAK line
Coliseum – Oakland International Airport (Silver)
|Tram||4829982||Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!|
Altamont Corridor Express (ACEX)
The ACE corridor services 10 stations over 86 miles (138 km) of track, from Stockton to San Jose.
|ACE||Train||1-10||2845552||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Are tracks around Diridon and Cabral Stations correct?|
COASTER and SPRINTER / North County Transit District (SDNX=COASTER, SDNR=SPRINTER)
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.
SPRINTER is a light rail system operating between Oceanside and Escondido. It services 15 stations on 22 miles (35 km) of track with 30 minute headways.
|COASTER||Train||398||2271832||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review"|
|SPRINTER||Light Rail||399||1371791||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order|
Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART)
North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) and Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART) use infrastructure tagged usage=branch, split into five route=railway relations. Healdsburg southward is "Larkspur to Cloverdale" for passenger service by SMART. "Larkspur to Cloverdale" between San Rafael (Downtown) and Sonoma County Airport offers SMART Phase 1 passenger service while tracks remain tagged usage=branch for freight/industrial service by NWPCo. Upgrades to public_transport:version=2 must include public_transport=platforms and a type=route_master super-relation containing a relation for each direction of service, so Map Your Train Ride! SMART Phase 2, scheduled for passenger service in early 2019, includes both a northern extension to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale and a southern extension to Larkspur Landing. While construction on the Larkspur Extension is underway, SMART and Golden Gate Transit have partnered to offer SMART passengers free bus service from its San Rafael station to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, enabling passenger connections to San Francisco Ferry Terminal. Similar bus service connects Sonoma County Airport station with Cloverdale.
|San Rafael Downtown - Sonoma County Airport SMART||Train||1-34 (weekdays), 51-60 (weekends)||6090093||Complete public_transport:version=1; More platforms need to be added. Map Your Train Ride!|
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority / LACMTA / MTA / Metro (LACM)
Los Angeles Metro (LACMTA), also referred to as Metro Rail, operates the combined rail rapid transit (subway and light rail) serving Los Angeles County. There is a proposal to rename all metro rail and BRT lines with letters after completion of the Regional Connector project, assigning letters in the order the lines were, or will be, put into service.
|Blue Line||Light Rail||801||2351005||Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!|
|Red Line||Subway||802||2810818||Public_transport v2 awaits placing existing relation (both directions) into route_master relation. Map Your Train Ride!|
|Green Line||Light Rail||803||2377889||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Map Your Train Ride!
The Green Line follows a fully elevated route. The Crenshaw/LAX Project will connect Expo Line at Expo/Crenshaw to Green Line at Aviation/Century near LAX. Revenue service expected in late 2019. After completion of Crenshaw/LAX, Green will begin a new operational pattern near LAX, with northern and southern branches. The southern branch will operate as Green currently does with westbound trains continuing through El Segundo, south to Redondo Beach. The northern branch will involve westbound trains splitting off after Aviation/LAX and then traveling north along Aviation Blvd. to terminate at Aviation/Century station, allowing transfers to the Crenshaw/LAX Line to the Airport Metro Connector. News in 2016 described planning history to "close a regional transportation gap" linking Green's eastern terminus in Norwalk to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Metrolink station (Red, Orange and 91 Lines) in addition to the present intersystem (Metrolink-Metro) correspondences at LA Union Station (Gold Line, Red Line, Purple Line, Silver Line Busway), Chatsworth (Orange Line Busway) and Cal State LA (Silver Line Busway).
|Gold Line||Light Rail||804||326426||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Map Your Train Ride! The extension to Azusa might need tracks to be better-named. 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||2810819||Public_transport v2 awaits placing existing relation (both directions) into route_master relation. Phase 1 (of 3) of the Metro Purple Line Subway Extension is now (early 2017) under construction. From the current terminus at Wilshire/Western, this 15 km westward extension includes seven new stations, three in Phase 1: Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. Later phases will extend further westward with four stations: Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital.|
|Expo Line||Light Rail||806||2351006||Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!
The Crenshaw/LAX Project will connect Expo Line at Expo/Crenshaw to Green line at Aviation/Century near LAX, allowing transfers to the Crenshaw/LAX Line to the Airport Metro Connector through an infill station (which will transport riders to the LAX terminals). Revenue service expected in 2019.
|Crenshaw/LAX Project||Light Rail||?||6666758||Under construction. Connecting Expo Line at Expo/Crenshaw to Green line at Aviation/Century near LAX. Revenue service expected in late 2019. Upon completion, add route=light_rail to relation. Magenta or pink might be suggested as route colors.|
|Regional Connector Transit Corridor||Light Rail (underground)||?||6661099||Under construction. Regional Connector Transit Corridor (also known as Regional Connector, Downtown Connector or Downtown Light-Rail Connector) will connect Union Station, Civic Center, Pershing Square, the 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. Revenue service expected late 2021. Upon completion, add route=subway or route=light_rail to relation. Black, White or "zebra-striped" might be suggested as route colors.|
|Airport Metro Connector||Monorail/Automated People Mover||?||6666780|| Incomplete; early stub relation with approximated locations.
Under construction. An under-construction northern branch of Green will involve westbound Green trains splitting off after Aviation/LAX and then traveling North along Aviation Blvd. to terminate at Aviation/Century station, allowing transfers to the Crenshaw/LAX Line to the planned automated people mover called the Airport Metro Connector through an infill station (which will transport riders to LAX terminals 1-8 and the Rental Car Center). Upon completion (estimated to be 2024), add route=tram or route=monorail to relation. Chartreuse might be suggested as a route color.
San Francisco Muni / Metro (MUNI)
Muni / Metro combines light rail, tram, historic streetcar, cable car routes and a Central Subway (2019) into San Francisco's city/countywide rail transportation network, providing rail-to-rail connections with BART, Caltrain and California High Speed Rail (2025?).
|E Embarcadero||Tram||5953002||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|F Market & Wharves||Tram||63224||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|J Church||Light Rail||63222||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|K Ingleside-Third Street||Light Rail||3433320||Complete; public_transport v2. A Phase 2 "Central Subway" extension to Chinatown is under construction with service expected in 2019.|
|L Taraval||Light Rail||3435879||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|M Ocean View||Light Rail||3435882||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|N Judah||Light Rail||3435884||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|S Castro Shuttle||Light Rail||6071918||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members|
|T Ingleside-Third Street||Light Rail||3433320||Complete; public_transport v2. A Phase 2 "Central Subway" extension to Chinatown is under construction with service expected in 2019.|
|59 - Powell/Mason Cable Car||Tram||3433159||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members (at sidewalks and medians)|
|60 - Powell/Hyde Cable Car||Tram||3433160||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members (at sidewalks and medians)|
|61 - California Cable Car||Tram||1958845||Complete; public_transport v2, though needs more and better public_transport=platform members (at sidewalks and medians)|
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.
|UC San Diego Blue Line||Light Rail||510||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 will 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. Construction began in 2016, with revenue service anticipated to begin in 2021.|
|Orange Line||Light Rail||520||2846984||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order.|
|Green Line||Light Rail||530||2847013||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order.|
|Silver Line||Light Rail||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.|
VTA Light Rail / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCCT)
VTA Light Rail serves San Jose and northern Santa Clara County and consists of 42 miles (67 km) of light rail network comprising two main lines and a spur line.
|Alum Rock - Santa Teresa (Blue)||Light Rail||901||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 (2017) to extend this light rail line further south from Eastridge to South San Jose.|
|Mountain View - Winchester (Green)||Light Rail||902||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).|
|Ohlone/Chynoweth – Almaden (Orange)||Light Rail||900||2989878||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order. Sometimes called "Almaden Shuttle." After commencement of new BART service circa 2022, a new Purple Line will evolve as this Shuttle while a rebranded Orange Line will run from Alum Rock to Mountain View.|
|Peak Commuter Express Service (Yellow)||Light Rail||?||6205544||Complete; public_transport v1; please "double-check review" for track/station node order|
Sacramento Regional Transit District (SCRT)
RT operates a large light rail system in the Sacramento area that is currently the eleventh busiest light rail system in the United States.
|Blue Line||Light Rail||2378981||Partially complete; check relation for correct track and station/platform memberships. Tracks may need better naming. Combine N and S lines into route_master.|
|Gold Line||Light Rail||2352702||Partially complete; check relation for correct track and station/platform memberships. Tracks may need better naming. Combine E and W lines into route_master.|
|Green Line||Light Rail||2379220||Partially complete; check relation for correct track and station/platform memberships. Tracks may need better naming. Combine N and S lines into route_master.|
AirTrain (San Francisco International Airport) (????)
A free-of-charge, fully automated people mover at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), connecting terminals, garages, the rental car center and BART. Entered into OSM as two monorail lines (passenger=local?), Blue and Red.
|Blue||Monorail||6043603||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Red||Monorail||6043605||Complete; public_transport v1|
Coliseum–Oakland International Airport (OAK) "BART to OAK line" (BART)
|BART to OAK line
Coliseum – Oakland International Airport (Silver)
|Tram||4829982||Complete; public_transport v2. Awesome!|
|Service Line||Reporting Marks||Route||Relation||Status|
|Skunk Train (California Western Railroad)||SERA||Train||4710759||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Santa Cruz Beach Train||SCBG||Train||3487689||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Napa Valley Wine Train||NVRR||Train||5149956||Complete; public_transport v1, terminal stations only. Newer (2016) Quattro Vino service stops at four wineries, these stops/stations/platforms are not entered.|
|Sacramento RiverTrain||SERA (?), SYPD (?)||Train||6142319||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Blue Goose (Yreka Western Railroad)||YWRR||Train||6174232||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Sierra Railroad Dinner Train||SERA||Train||6804127||Complete; public_transport v1. Only Oakdale station is entered, there may be more stations or halts.|
|Fillmore & Western Trains||FWRY||Train||6804311||Complete; public_transport v1. There are lunch, dinner, mystery, holiday, school and excursion trains. Stations may need improvements.|
|California State Railroad Museum (Sacramento Southern Railroad)||SSRR||Train||6142388||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Orange Empire Railway Museum Trains||OERM||Train, Tram||6804882Train, 6804883 Tram||Complete; public_transport v2. An electrified 2.5 km tram line connects to South Perris Metrolink + a 1 km dual-gauge loop at the museum.|
|Western Railway Museum Trains||WRM||Train, Tram||6805161Train, 6805160 Tram||Complete; rough public_transport v1. Rio Vista - Bird's Landing (being electrified for tram excursions further south?) and Rio Vista - Montezuma. Both may need better tagging.|
|Golden Gate Railroad Museum (Niles Canyon Railway)||NICX||Train||6142178||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Golden State demonstration passenger trains (Pacific Southwest Railway Museum)||SDAX||Train||5758542||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad Trains||????||Train||6801615||What are believed to be correct tracks and stations are entered, but this needs to be double-checked. Somewhat complete; public_transport v1.|
|El Dorado Western Railroad Trains||EDW||Train||6801616||What are believed to be correct tracks and stations are entered, but this needs to be double-checked. Somewhat complete; public_transport v1.|
|Disneyland Railroad||DLRR||Train||1796774||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Disneyland Monorail||DLMS||Monorail||1721168||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line||PLAX||Tram||4786115||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Roaring Camp Steam Train||RCBT||Narrow Gauge||5927779||Complete; public_transport v1|
|Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad||YMSP||Narrow Gauge||The single 2.8 km way is entered||Track is entered, but no relation|
|Calico and Odessa Railroad||C&OR||Narrow Gauge||The single way is entered||Track is entered|
|Poway–Midland Railroad||????||Narrow Gauge||The single way is entered||Complete trackage, but no relation|
|Casa de Fruta Railroad||????||Narrow Gauge||The single way is entered||Track is entered. Part of a small rural amusement park.|
|Descanso, Alpine and Pacific Railway||????||Narrow Gauge||Incomplete; only a portion of track is entered|
|Ghost Town & Calico Railroad||GTCX||Narrow Gauge||Incomplete|
|California's Great America||????||Narrow Gauge||Various in a major amusement park||Incomplete|
|Knott's Berry Farm||????||Narrow Gauge||Various in a major amusement park||Incomplete|
|Magic Mountain||????||Narrow Gauge||Various in a major amusement park||Incomplete|
|Gilroy Gardens||????||Narrow Gauge||Various in a small amusement park||Incomplete|
|Neverland Ranch Park||????||Narrow Gauge||A small private rail||Incomplete|
|Ardenwood||????||Narrow Gauge||A small park rail||Incomplete|
|Cal Expo||????||Narrow Gauge||A small park rail||Incomplete|
|Getty Center||????||Narrow Gauge||A small museum rail||Incomplete|
|Redwood Valley Railway||RVRY||Miniature||6804565||Complete; public_transport v1 1/4 scale (gauge=381) suburban park miniature railroad, rides last about 12 minutes|
|Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad||????||Miniature||6804634||Complete; public_transport v2. Suburban park miniature railroad.|
|Angel's Flight||????||Funicular||6723222||Complete; public_transport v1. Urban funicular.|
|Amador Central Railway||AMC||Railway||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.|
|Pacific Coast Railroad (Santa Margarita)||????||Railway (Narrow Gauge)||6773665||Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short narrow gauge loop, unknown what trains to enter|
|California Trolley and Railroad Corporation||CTRC||Railway (Narrow Gauge)||6139041||Complete trackage as a route=railway relation for a short narrow gauge loop, unknown what 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.|
|Western Pacific Railroad Museum||WPRM, FRRX||Railway||A single service=yard way inside the museum building is entered||Incomplete; it is unclear what tracks near Portola are used for WPRM excursions and the "Run A Locomotive" program operated by Feather River Rail Society.|
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|
|San Bernardino||BNSF||San Bernardino||Cajon, San Bernardino||Partially complete|
|San Diego||BNSF||San Diego||San Diego||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|
|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|
|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||Oakland||Partially complete|
|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|
About the 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 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. 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 Indy Hurt's transit-colours renderer 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 (California state poppy orange), Pacific Surfliner (ocean blue). Color harmony, in motion.