- Main article: California/Railroads. See also California/Railroads/Active and California/Railroads/Passenger
Common Carrier Lines in Southern California, expressed as route=railway relations, with active, regular rail traffic, whether freight or industrial. For Active Northern California rail, see California/Railroads/Active/Northern.
Due to the sheer size of the amount of Active rail and the space taken up by their data and tables, this wiki is geographically split between Northern and Southern California: Common Carrier Lines Southern and Common Carrier Lines Northern. Small enough to not split is Private Rail (all of California). The north/south split occurs in San Luis Obispo at the northern terminus of UP's Santa Barbara Subdivision and the southern terminus of UP's Coast Subdivision as well as at "Tehachapi Loop" south of Bakersfield (approximately MP 351), splitting BNSF Mojave Subdivision, so it is found in both BNSF Northern and BNSF Southern sections/tables.
Common Carrier Lines (Mainline, Branch, Industrial and Short), Southern
Active Lines tables are "largely complete" and "mostly correct." There may still exist some minor usage=industrial lines or spurs not yet included here. If you find a railroad, subdivision, line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, whether to the map or to this wiki, please do so and thank you for your contributions!
California High Speed Rail (CAHSR), under construction
This will become a "common carrier passenger line" (only, no freight) when it opens for revenue service in the 2030s. S of Bakersfield, tagged usage=main, highspeed=yes, state=proposed, eventually landuse=construction polygons will become active in this corridor. The route=railway S of Bakersfield, name=Desert Subdivision, has unknown funding as of 2023-Q1; so this is a "mere stub" in OSM. CAHSR's inclusion at the very top of this wiki's "CCL, Mainline" section is deliberate. While this will be a purely passenger rail line, its transformative effects on the entirety of rail in California cannot be overstated; the project's "mainline" status deserves at least this brief mention here. Current "proposed" tags should shift to "construction" only after funding, out for bid and bid awards finalize (don't change tags yet) and then "ground-breaking" (e.g. photo-op with shovels into dirt) begins (OK, then change tags to construction).
Union Pacific Railroad, Los Angeles Division (UP)
In California, UP operates an expansive network of over 3364 miles (5414 km) of track (including trackage rights), over 48% of California's railroads. In 2015, with a workforce of about 5,000 employees, UP’s California operations handled over 3 million carloads. UP operates in California as two divisions, Roseville Division (Northern California) and Los Angeles Division (Southern California).
Note there is a UP Mojave Subdivision in this (UP's Los Angeles Division Mainline) section (Bakersfield - Mojave - Colton) and a different BNSF Mojave Subdivision in BNSF's Southern California Mainline section (Mojave - Barstow).
|Alhambra Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Rancho (Los Angeles) - West Colton (yard) - Yuma Junction||Done||Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains.|
|Cima Subdivision||Los Angeles & Salt Lake (LA&SL) (UP subsidiary)||Las Vegas (Nevada) - Calada - Cima - Kelso - Yermo||Partially complete||Nevada segment from Calada to Las Vegas is added to relation, may be a bit rough|
|Los Angeles Subdivision||Los Angeles & Salt Lake (LA&SL) (UP subsidiary)||East Redondo (Los Angeles) - Commerce - Pomona - Pedley - Riverside; Daggett - Yermo||Done||Two disconnected segments linked by BNSF trackage. Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national and Metrolink Riverside Line (Purple) passenger=suburban route=trains.|
|Santa Barbara Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||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.|
|UP Mojave Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Colton - Cajon Pass - Palmdale - Mojave - Tehachapi Pass - Kern Junction (Bakersfield)||Reviewed Bakersfield - Palmdale; retagged Palmdale - Colton||BNSF has trackage rights.|
|Yuma Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Colton - Palm Springs - Yuma (Arizona)||Done on existing single-track, but missing some double-tracking||Supports Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle passenger=national route=trains. BNSF has trackage rights. Incomplete east of Banning to Araz Jct. (158 miles): needs second parallel track added to existing single-track.|
|Calexico Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)?||Niland - Calipatria - Brawley - El Centro - Calexico||Partially complete||Interchanging with Ferromex at US/Mexican border (Mexicali/Calexico)|
|El Centro Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Plaster City - Seeley - El Centro||Done||Used to be part of SDAE, but in 1979 when SDMTS bought SDAE, it left El Centro Sub in SP ownership, so now it is UP. PIR appears to have trackage rights from Plaster City to Seeley, although PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016.|
|La Habra Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Huntington Park - Bell - Pico Rivera||Believed complete, please double-check|
|Lone Pine Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Mojave - Searles||No tiger_reviewed:no tags left, and largely looks good, however please double-check|
|Los Nietos Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Studebaker (Norwalk) - Santa Fe Springs - Whittier Junction|
|UP San Pedro Subdivision||?||UP Mead Yard near Long Beach - Bell - Vernon||Prefixed with UP to distinguish it from PHL San Pedro Subdivision.|
|Wilmington Subdivision||Southern Pacific (SP)||Los Angeles - Rancho Dominguez|
|Brea Chemical Industrial Lead||SP, Pacific Electric Railway||Brea - La Habra - Santa Fe Springs||Done|
|Chino Industrial Lead||SP||Pomona - Chino|
|Crestmore Industrial Lead||?||Rubidoux - Crestmore||Done|
|El Segundo Industrial Lead||?||Watts - Hawthorne - El Segundo|
|Fullerton Industrial Lead||UP||Fullerton - La Habra|
|Lakewood Industrial Lead||?||Long Beach - Lakewood||Done||Segment south of about Cover Street is abandoned|
|Lompoc Industrial Lead||?||Surf - Lompoc||Needs "light and easy" TIGER review|
|Oak Creek Spur||Southern Pacific (SP)||Mojave - Mojave Quarry||Reviewed by happy5214|
|Ontario Industrial Lead||SP||Ontario||Done|
|Paramount Industrial Lead||Pacific Electric Railway||Paramount||Done|
|Patata Industrial Lead||SP||Compton - Firestone Park - Downey - Studebaker (Norwalk)|
|Reyes Industrial Lead||?||Firestone Park - Compton - Del Amo||Done|
|Riverside Industrial Lead||?||Riverside - Hunter Park||Done|
|Rohr Industrial Lead||?||Riverside Municipal Airport||Done|
|Santa Ana Industrial Lead||SP||Studebaker (Norwalk) - Buena Park - College (Anaheim); Santa Ana - Harbor Boulevard||two disconnected segments linked by SCAX Orange Subdivision|
|Stanton Industrial Lead||SP||West Anaheim - Los Alamitos Jct. - Westminster - Huntington Beach|
|Torrance Industrial Lead||?||South Los Angeles - Gardena - Torrance||Done|
|Tustin Industrial Lead||SP||College (Anaheim) - Orange||Done|
|White Hills Industrial Lead||?||Lompoc - Imerys (quarries)||Done|
BNSF Railway, Southern California (BNSF)
In California, BNSF operates over 2015 miles (3242 km) of track (29% of statewide total) – about 16% of the statewide total are owned by BNSF and about 13% of the statewide total through trackage rights, with a workforce of almost 3,500 employees. See also SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) where BNSF has significant trackage rights. BNSF is North America’s largest intermodal carrier, handling over 4.9 million trailers and containers in 2015 in the United States (compared to UP’s 3.9 million). In addition to its own routes, BNSF holds trackage rights over UP at 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 route , linking Los Angeles with Chicago. On this corridor, consumer products, which include everything from food and automobile products to agricultural and industrial products, represent the majority of BNSF’s transported commodities: in California alone, BNSF moves about 3.9 million carloads per year.
- All routes are formerly Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) unless otherwise noted.
Note there is a BNSF Mojave Subdivision in BNSF's Mainline (Southern) section (Mojave - Barstow) and a different UP Mojave Subdivision in UP's Los Angeles Division Mainline section (Bakersfield - Mojave - Colton).
|Bakersfield Subdivision||Bakersfield - Hanford - Calwa (S of Fresno)||Fully reviewed||Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains.|
|BNSF Mojave Subdivision||Barstow - Mojave; Kern Junction - Bakersfield||Fully reviewed||Two discontiguous segments linked by UP Mojave Subdivision: a brief one in Bakersfield and the other from about the State Route 14 flyover in Mojave, east to Barstow. Supports Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger=regional route=trains on the Bakersfield segment. Because of the wiki-split geographically at Tehachapi Loop (MP 351), this table entry is found in both this (BNSF Southern) and BNSF Northern tables.|
|Cajon Subdivision||Barstow - Victorville - Cajon Pass - San Bernardino||Fully reviewed||Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains. UP has trackage rights.|
|Needles Subdivision||Needles - Barstow||happy5214 has reviewed/fixed this line.||Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national route=trains. UP has trackage rights.|
|San Bernardino Subdivision||San Bernardino - Riverside - Corona - Fullerton - West Redondo (Los Angeles)||Done||W and N of the Hobart end of this to Mission Jct. may need work. Supports Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger=national, Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink 91/Perris Valley Line (Blue) passenger=regional, Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) and Metrolink Orange County Line (Orange) passenger=suburban route=trains. UP has trackage rights.|
|Seligman Subdivision||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.|
Note there is a BNSF San Diego Subdivision (San Diego - National City, tagged usage=branch) here in BNSF Branch and a different NCTD San Diego Subdivision (San Diego - Orange County Line, tagged usage=main) in the Short Line section.
|BNSF San Diego Subdivision||San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - National City||Done||About 6 miles of track tagged usage=branch. The Port of San Diego's (POSD) National City Marine Terminal (NCMT) handles automobiles; a significant portion of imported cars in the US come through NCMT, while POSD's Tenth Avenue Terminal handles heavy equipment. BNSF owns this subdivision while also enjoying trackage rights on NCTD (San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Orange County Line) and on SCAX via OCTA's Orange Line (Orange County Line to Fullerton), connecting NCMT and POSD with Los Angeles County and Chicago via BNSF's Southern Transcon. Additional traffic includes aggregate, cement, corn syrup, ethanol, fly ash, fresh and frozen food, grain, LPG, lumber, lumber products, metal/steel products (primarily aluminum), plastic and soda ash.|
|Lucerne Valley Subdivision||Hesperia - Cushenbury||Completed only from Hesperia eastward to Kiowa Road|
|3M Industrial Lead||Corona - Corona Rock Quarry||Done||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.|
|Boron Lead||Boron - Boron Mines||Done, but quite rough||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial.|
|Harbor Subdivision||Los Angeles - El Segundo - Port of Los Angeles||Done, however it isn't known whether segments tagged railway=disused are active (or vice versa)||This route was largely displaced by the much more direct Alameda Corridor (ATAX) when it opened in 2002. It is now discontiguous: there is a gap between Crenshaw Blvd. and East El Segundo Blvd. for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX project now under construction. Remaining in Harbor Subdivision are a southern portion (Los Angeles AFB southward to Alameda Corridor) and a northern and eastern portion (Crenshaw / 67th to Los Angeles River, at Harbor Jct. / San Bernardino Subdivision). Most trackage owned by LACMTA.|
|Irvine Industrial Park||Irvine||Done||Is old_railway_operator=* AT&SF? Or is it SP?|
|Orange Avenue Spur||Orange Avenue Jct. (Baldwin Park) - Azusa||Done||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial. As this is a service=spur off of San Gabriel Subdivision (owned by SCAX, old_railway_operator=UP) yet operator=UP also exists, it isn't known whether BNSF or UP is operator here.|
Short Lines (Branch, Industrial or Freight, occasionally Mainline), Southern
Active "short lines" (exclusively Class III railroads) expressed as route=railway relations. Short Lines largely have tags of usage=branch or usage=industrial on underlying infrastructure. On occasion, usage=main is found on Short Line passenger routes, for example, NCTD supports COASTER passenger=suburban route=trains. Some segments of Short Line infrastructure are tagged railway=light_rail to reflect their primary usage, while the same or closely-parallel tracks are also but not simultaneously used (temporally shared at night) as usage=branch, for example, San Diego MTS's SDAE Blue and Orange by SDIY and North County Transit District's SPRINTER by PSRR. California is home to 19 active short line railroads and 7 switching and terminal railroads operating on 1296 route miles (2085 km).
There are hundreds of km of railways tagged usage=military which might be collected into route=railway relations and added to this or a sibling section. Some military rail segments are tagged tiger:name_base=US Government Railroad (or similar), though these can and do vary on military reservations (e.g. "Old Rail Garrison Railroad," "U S Navy RR R W"). This Overpass Turbo search might be useful. In Southern California, there are military rail areas at Vandenberg AFB, Edwards AFB, MCLB Barstow, USAF Plant 42 (Palmdale), NAWC China Lake, NCBC Ventura County, NWS Seal Beach and MCBC Pendleton and possibly others.
All of that now said, Short Lines tables are "believed complete" and "mostly correct." If you find a railroad, subdivision, line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, whether to the map or to this wiki, please do so!
Genesee & Wyoming, Southern California (ARZC, SDIY, VCRR)
A "railroad holding company" with three railroads in Southern California, one of which has operator rights only on trackage, one of which own trackage or have a mixed owner/operator status. (For example, SDIY is an operator only on SDAE's lines). Total mileage (in California): 657 miles, just over half of the state's short-line rail.
Arizona and California Railroad (ARZC)
Total mileage: 297 miles, 91 miles of which are in California.
|Cadiz Subdivision||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. BNSF interchanges at Cadiz in addition to Wickenburg, Arizona.|
|Blythe Subdivision||Rice - Blythe - Ripley||Largely done, could use double-check||Railbanked for trail use about 7 km south of Rice, per STB Docket AB 1022 1 X. Check whether name tags should be "Ripley" (or "Blythe Subdivision"?), whether abandoned or disused, boundaries between these and extant "historic" tags for correctness, please.|
San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY)
Genesee and Wyoming owns SDIY as a freight trackage tenant operator during nighttime hours on SDAE's Blue, Orange and San Ysidro lines. Total mileage on SDIY: ≤2 miles, or 43 miles including trackage rights on SDAE's Orange and Blue lines. SDIY interchanges with BJRR (San Ysidro Yard) and BNSF (San Diego Yard at Cesar E. Chavez Parkway). See SDAE section.
Ventura County Railroad (VCRR)
Total mileage: 13. VCRR interchanges with UP at Oxnard.
|Main Line||Ventura - Naval Base Ventura County||Complete, however many sidings and spurs need better naming and tagging||Hauling new automobiles, petroleum products and wood products|
|Patterson Line||Ventura - Port Hueneme||Done||Tags change from usage=branch to usage=military at Naval Base boundary|
End of Genesee & Wyoming section.
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ATAX)
Owns the trackage of the Alameda Corridor, a freight bypass built in 2002 (around the much lengthier Harbor Subdivision, now being partially repurposed for passenger service) to carry trains rather directly from the UP and BNSF mainlines to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Total mileage: 31, ~52 km.
|Alameda Corridor||Long Beach - Port of Los Angeles - East Redondo (Los Angeles)||Mostly complete||Reviewed from satellite imagery. May be missing crossovers, etc. in cuttings and tunnels.|
Baja California Railroad (BJRR)
A class III railroad operating via trackage rights on the 1.8 km of SDAE's San Ysidro Line (distinct from, connecting to SDAE's Blue Line). BJRR interchanges at the San Ysidro Yard as one of two freight operators here with the other (SDIY), where SDIY also has trackage rights. BJRR also has trackage rights on Desert, planning a rehabilitation of that line. See SDAE section.
Total mileage in USA: about 1 (1.8 km). Total mileage in Mexico: 44 (72 km).
Total mileage in USA is expected to increase during Desert Line rehabilitation. In June 2016, BJRR secured a 99-year lease with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDAE's owner of the Desert Line) to first rehabilitate, then operate industrial/freight on an additional 112.75 km (70.06 miles) of track on Desert between Campo, California and Plaster City, California. This US segment of line, with 57 bridges and 17 tunnels, is planned to be rehabilitated in three phases between "Division" (at the US-Mexico border) and Plaster City, California: Phase 1 Campo to Jacumba Hot Springs; Phase 2 Dos Cabezas (near Ocotillo Wells) to Plaster City; Phase 3 from Jacumba Hot Springs to Dos Cabezas. After rehabilitation efforts are completed, an additional BJRR interchange is possible with UP in Plaster City. It is not known what effect this might have on PIR, which has trackage rights on UP's El Centro Subdivision between Plaster City and Seeley; please clarify.
|San Ysidro||San Ysidro Yard||Done||The ~1 mile of SDAE where BJRR has trackage rights in San Diego, allowing BJRR to interchange with SDIY, via SDIY's operator agreement with SDAE.|
|Desert Line||Division (US-Mexico border) - Campo - Jacumba Hot Springs - Dos Cabezas - Plaster City||Done, but could use "double-check review"||Owned by SDAE, BJRR has trackage rights, which after BJRR's full rehabilitation of Desert will allow BJRR to interchange with UP at Plaster City.|
|Ferrocarril Tijuana Tecate||Tijuana - Tecate||No TIGER review needed||A Mexican railway (segments known as Linea UB); not under Caltrans or USA FRA jurisdiction.|
Fillmore & Western Railway (FWRY)
Total mileage: 31. ~52 km.
|Santa Paula||East Ventura - Santa Paula - Fillmore - Piru||Partial||Supports Fillmore and Western Railway usage=tourism passenger route=trains. Tagged owner=Ventura County Transportation Commission, operator=Fillmore & Western Railway. ROW east of Piru once connected to Santa Clarita, but apparently tracks were washed out in a flood, they may be re-built (vague).|
Los Angeles Junction Railway (LAJ)
Total mileage: 64 miles (103 km). Interchanges with both UP and BNSF at Los Angeles.
|Los Angeles Junction Railway||No single relation is defined yet||Serves industrial areas in Vernon, Maywood, Bell and Commerce||Partially complete; improving||A wholly owned subsidiary of BNSF, providing rail switching services in industrial-zoned areas of Los Angeles County. While rail from TIGER import in OSM represents most (all?) of this, it isn't clear whether all is properly tagged owner=Los Angeles Junction Railway. Let's complete this!|
North County Transit District (NCTD)
Note there is an NCTD San Diego Subdivision (San Diego - Orange County Line, tagged usage=main) here in the Short Line section and a different BNSF San Diego Subdivision (San Diego - National City, tagged usage=branch) in BNSF Branch. There may be some name blurring (in the map, in this wiki) between "NCTD" and "SDNX."
Total mileage: 100 (161 km).
|Escondido Subdivision||Escondido - San Marcos - Vista - Oceanside - (Stuart Mesa)||Done||Supports SPRINTER passenger=urban route=light_rail passenger service, a "hybrid (light) rail service:" member ways seem best tagged railway=rail, usage=branch, except for the portions (e.g. around CSUSM) which are exclusively railway=light_rail (no freight traffic). PSRR operates temporal (nighttime) light industrial/freight traffic, explaining why the majority is tagged railway=rail and railway:traffic_mode=freight and track name such as "Bypass Freight Track." See SPRINTER in Passenger wiki. Stuart Mesa (north of Oceanside, where NCTD ownership ends) is a switching yard between PSRR, SCAX and possibly NCTD/SDNX where the latter is believed to have trackage rights.|
|NCTD San Diego Subdivision||San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - Solana Beach - Oceanside - (Stuart Mesa - Orange County Line)||Done||Supports COASTER passenger=suburban route=trains (with all local stops) and Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional (with fewer stops). NCTD has trackage rights on OCTA's (SCAX/Metrolink's) Orange Subdivision from the San Diego County Line / Orange County Line to Stuart Mesa Yard. BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator from San Diego (Santa Fe Depot) - Orange County Line (and from Orange County Line - Fullerton on SCAX). See COASTER in Passenger sub-wiki. There are some confused track elements between Old Town northbound to Elvira which have construction tags and are likely not properly included in several relations (this one, COASTER, Pacific Surfliner) and/or may blur with the Mid-Coast Trolley Project (new light_rail Blue Line); please fix. Stuart Mesa (north of Oceanside, where NCTD ownership ends) is a switching yard between PSRR, SCAX and possibly NCTD/SDNX where the latter is believed to have trackage rights, which may extend as far as the San Diego / Orange County boundary.|
Pacific Harbor Line (PHL)
Owned by Anacostia (a "railroad holding company"), this neutral switching railroad operates on 18 route miles (29 km) and 59 track miles (95 km) as well as facilities owned by both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. OSM data as of 2019 include hundreds of elements from TIGER import which have been substantially reviewed and improved by user:clay_c. OSM data ("minor infrastructure and naming") may be incomplete w.r.t. PHL rail which is not its "main track." Additional improvements (to identification of and naming) of "other than PHL's Main Track," Marine Terminals, Stations, Place and Track Names, Switch Designations, Mileposts, CTC and Interlocking Limits are appreciated! To continue this work, here is a diagram with no copyright; please use version 2.10.15 or newer. PHL interchanges with both UP and BNSF at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
|PHL Alameda Corridor Subdivision||West Thenard (Wilmington, Los Angeles) - LAXT (Port of Los Angeles)||done by clay_c; double-checked by stevea||Change-of-ownership might be zero to a half km S across the S Alameda Street bridge, this is estimated a bit. Note the ATAX corridor does not have "ATAX" in front of the name "Alameda Corridor Subdivision" but this Subdivision is prefixed with PHL (starting at that change-of-ownership boundary). Tagged usage=branch, though might be usage=industrial.|
|Long Beach Subdivision||West Thenard (Wilmington, Los Angeles) - Ocean Boulevard (Port of Long Beach)||done by clay_c; double-checked by stevea||Tagged usage=branch, though might be usage=industrial.|
|PHL San Pedro Subdivision||Wilmington, Los Angeles||done by clay_c; double-checked by stevea||Prefixed with PHL to distinguish it from UP San Pedro Subdivision. Tagged usage=branch, though might be usage=industrial.|
Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR)
In 2013, freight operations on SDAE's San Ysidro and Desert Lines were conducted by Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR), interchanging with Baja California Railroad (BJRR). As of 2018, San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY), owned by Genesee and Wyoming, conducts freight operations on SDAE's Blue, Orange and San Ysidro Lines, interchanging at San Ysidro Yard with BJRR and San Diego Yard with BNSF. As of October 2017, PIR filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and sold its lease to operate freight for 99 years on Desert Line to BJRR. While BJRR now operates freight, MTS remains owner of Desert (as SDAE) and BJRR must pay SDAE (MTS) US$1 million a year for operator rights. BJRR has a three-phase plan to rehabilitate Desert, although as of February 2018 no rehabilitation work had begun. With this lease sale to BJRR, it appears PIR's only rail assets are operator rights on UP's El Centro Subdivision from Plaster City to Seeley; please clarify.
|Pacific Imperial Railroad||Plaster City - Seeley||Reviewed, but may not exist, as such an operator||Believed to have operator rights over the portion of UP's El Centro Subdivision from Plaster City to Seeley. However, in June 2016, BJRR appears to have gained control over Desert, cutting PIR out of most operations and repairs; PIR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2016 (it is complicated around here). Entered into this table entry here reiterating SDAE, SDIY, BJRR and UP El Centro Subdivision references. Needs additional clarification.|
Pacific Sun Railroad (PSRR)
Since September 2020, owned AND operated by BNSF (was leased and operated by Watco Companies, a Kansas-based "railroad holding company"). Total mileage: 62 (100 km), the majority of which are trackage rights on NCTD and SCAX. In addition to light freight/industrial usages on Miramar (which PSRR is believed to own) and Escondido Subdivision (owned by NCTD), PSRR has trackage rights on NCTD San Diego Subdivision north from Miramar to Oceanside (~40-45 track miles) and north of there on OCTA's Orange Subdivision (SCAX/Metrolink) to Stuart Mesa Yard and as far north as San Onofre / Orange County Line, performing switching services on these lines, interchanging with other BNSF freight consists at Stuart Mesa Yard.
|Miramar Industrial Spur||Miramar - CP Miramar - (Oceanside via trackage rights on NCTD) - (Stuart Mesa via trackage rights on SCAX) - (Orange County Line via trackage rights on SCAX)||Done||A short (< 3 km) freight/light industrial line with a few spurs, member ways tagged usage=industrial. Hauling corn, soy, lumber, plastic pellets, beer, paints and items for recycling.|
San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway (SDAE), San Diego and Arizona Railway (SDAX)
Complexities in San Diego partly arise from difficult physical trackage on SDAE's Desert branch, tumultuous corporate ownership and financing histories and a number of different railroads providing widely different services in the area. An SDAE / SDAX and San Diego area summary: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) owns SDAE, primarily providing passenger=urban services as SDTI, while Genesee & Wyoming has temporal (nighttime) industrial/freight trackage operator rights on SDAE's Orange, the short segment of San Ysidro and portions of Blue as SDIY. SDIY interchanges with BJRR at San Ysidro Yard and with BNSF at San Diego Yard (Cesar E. Chavez Parkway). BNSF owns BNSF San Diego Subdivision, connected by trackage rights at West F Street (near San Diego Santa Fe Depot) to Oceanside on NCTD and Fullerton on SCAX. BJRR also has trackage rights on Desert from Division to Plaster City, this segment is planned to be rehabilitated. SDAX (original parent railroad of SDAE) offers museum/tourism passenger trains around Campo on SDAE's Desert infrastructure. (PSRR is a switching railroad in the area, but not on SDAE / SDAX trackage, now with BNSF as owner/operator). It is somewhat complicated around here!
|Blue||San Diego (University City) - San Diego (Downtown) - San Diego (San Ysidro, Mexican border)||Looks good||Owned by MTS as SDAE to support San Diego Trolley UC San Diego Blue Line (route=light_rail passenger=urban service) during daytime and evening hours, member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Are Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Blue SDTI? San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY, owned by Genesee & Wyoming) operates light industrial freight during nighttime hours (0200-0330), these segments are tagged usage=branch. Hauling agricultural products, corn syrup, lumber, malt, propane, petroleum products and pulp.|
|Orange||San Diego (Downtown) - Santee||Looks good||Owned by MTS as SDAE to support San Diego Trolley Orange Line (route=light_rail passenger=urban service) during daytime and evening hours, member ways tagged railway=light_rail. Are Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Orange SDTI? San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY, owned by Genesee & Wyoming) operates light industrial freight during nighttime hours (0200-0330), these segments are tagged usage=branch. Hauling agricultural products, corn syrup, lumber, malt, propane, petroleum products and pulp.|
|Green||San Diego (Old Town) - La Mesa||Looks good||Owned by MTS to support San Diego Trolly Green Line (route=light_rail passenger=urban service) during daytime and evening hours. No industrial/freight service operates on Green, it is passenger only, member ways tagged railway=light_rail with no additional usage=* tags. Are Reporting Marks of light_rail rolling stock on Green SDTI? Green (east of Old Town) was built by/for MTS after purchase of SDAE from SP, so is Green infrastructure best denoted owner=SDAE + operator=SDTI?|
|San Ysidro||San Ysidro||Done||Owned by MTS as SDAE. San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY, owned by Genesee & Wyoming) has trackage rights on this ~1-mile long segment, interchanging with BJRR as it also has trackage rights here. Not known if the name of this segment is correct or whether it is part of Desert Line, to which it more closely logically associates, as it is physically discontiguous (due to Mexico segment of BJRR). While SDIY has trackage rights on San Ysidro, Blue and Orange, BJRR only has trackage rights on San Ysidro.|
|Desert||Division (Mexican border near Campo) - Plaster City||Done, but could use a "double-check review"||Owned by MTS as SDAE. Only the California segment is included in the relation, excluded is the Mexico segment (Ferrocarril Tijuana-Tecate) as SP divested this in 1970 before MTS purchased SDAE. BJRR has trackage rights on Desert, planning a three phase rehabilitation. (See BJRR section). A segment of Desert north of Division around Campo supports Golden State usage=tourism demonstration passenger route=trains at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum as SDAX, original parent railroad of SDAE.|
|Coronado||San Diego (12th Street Junction) - Imperial Beach||Looks good||Owned by MTS as SDAE. Had some SDIY usage=industrial traffic (potash, salt) up to the early 2000s, then "the diamonds were removed" and Coronado became fully abandoned. Lines are tagged railway=abandoned, this is in California/Railroads#Abandoned_lines. A significant portion of the right-of-way has become infrastructure for the , a local route=bicycle that rings San Diego Bay.|
Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMV)
Total mileage: 14 (22 km). SMV interchanges with UP at Guadalupe.
|Main||Santa Maria - Guadalupe||Completed by stevea||Tagged usage=branch though usage=industrial and/or railway:traffic_mode=freight may be more correct. Hauling asphalt, fertilizer, fresh and frozen food products, gypsum wallboard, lumber, machinery, petroleum products, plastic, scrap iron.|
|Airbase||Hancock Field||Done||Tagged usage=industrial.|
Southern California Railway Museum (OERY)
Previously Orange Empire Railway Museum (hence the reporting mark of OERY). Total mileage: 2.11.
|Museum Tram||Perris - Southern California Railway Museum||Complete||Supports Southern California Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=tram. 2.7 km (1.68 miles).|
|Loop Line||The dual-gaugeis entered.||Southern California Railway Museum||Complete||Supports Southern California Railway Museum usage=tourism passenger route=train. About 700 m (0.435 mile).|
The SCRRA is a joint powers authority governed by five county-level member agencies: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). Rail supporting Metrolink passenger service is either owned by one of the member agencies (as in the table below, please correct/update), used via "operator rights" while remaining owned by a railroad company like UP or BNSF, and/or may be "in shared service" with another (non-member) transportation agency such as LOSSAN, one of 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).
Note there is a SCRRA Valley Subdivision in this (SCRRA) section (Los Angeles - Palmdale, owned by SCRRA/Metrolink-SCAX, while UP has trackage rights) and a different UP Valley Subdivision (Roseville - Chico - Dunsmuir) in UP's Northern California Mainline section.
|Montalvo Subdivision||East Ventura - FWRY Santa Paula Line||Done||Supports Metrolink Ventura County Line (Yellow) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), FWRY may have trackage rights.|
|Olive Subdivision||Orange - Anaheim Canyon - Atwood||Done||Supports Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator.|
|Orange Subdivision||Oceanside - San Clemente - San Juan Capistrano - Irvine - Santa Ana - Anaheim - Fullerton||Done||Supports Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional, Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) and Metrolink Orange County Line (Orange) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator from Fullerton - Oceanside ( - San Diego on NCTD).|
|Pasadena Subdivision||Claremont - Irwindale||Done||Infrastructure elements are tagged usage=industrial. Follows right-of-way of LA Metro Gold Line extension. BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator.|
|Perris Valley Subdivision||Riverside/Hunter Park - Moreno Valley - Perris||Done||Supports Metrolink 91/Perris Valley Line (Blue) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), BNSF has trackage rights as freight operator.|
|Redlands Subdivision||San Bernardino - Redlands||Done||Owned by SCRRA via San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). New passenger service on the San Bernardino-Redlands Passenger Rail Corridor, a 14 km eastward rail extension from San Bernardino to Redlands and Mentone, has opened by SANBAG. Metrolink service is extended from the San Bernardino Transit Center as "Redlands Passenger Rail Project" using diesel multiple units in lieu of Metrolink locomotive-hauled coaches on the route to Redlands. The "Arrow" service is underway (since late 2022). Stops include Downtown San Bernardino, Tippecanoe Avenue, Esri Station, Downtown Redlands and University of Redlands.|
|Rialto Subdivision||Rialto||Done||Old Pacific Electric right-of-way owned by SCRRA (possibly through SANBAG). UP has freight trackage rights.|
|River Subdivision||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 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||Los Angeles - El Monte - Covina - Rancho Cucamonga - San Bernardino||Looks OK||Supports Metrolink San Bernardino Line (Maroon) passenger=suburban route=trains. Not known which SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) member agency(ies) is/are owner(s): SANBAG in SB County and Metro in LA County? BNSF is a freight "trackage rights tenant."|
|San Jacinto Branch||Perris - Hemet - San Jacinto||Done||Trackage owned by Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), not used by passenger trains. It is not known whether BNSF continues to operate freight trains on this track - please review and update if better data are known.|
|SCRRA Valley Subdivision||Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Sylmar - Newhall - Lancaster - Palmdale||Done||Supports Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (Green) passenger=suburban route=trains. old_railway_operator=* was Southern Pacific (SP). Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX), UP has freight trackage rights. Note there is a different Valley Subdivision in UP's Roseville Division (Northern California) Mainline section (Roseville - Chico - Dunsmuir).|
|Shortway Subdivision||San Bernardino - CP Rana||Done||Supports Metrolink Inland Empire/Orange County Line (Red) passenger=suburban route=trains. Owned by SCRRA/Metrolink (SCAX) via San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). Unknown if BNSF has freight trackage rights.|
|Ventura Subdivision||Los Angeles - Glendale - Burbank - Van Nuys - Northridge - Chatsworth - Simi Valley - Moorpark||Done||Supports Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner passenger=regional and Metrolink Ventura County Line (Yellow) passenger=suburban route=trains. UP and BNSF have freight trackage rights. old_railway_operator=* was Southern Pacific (SP).|
Trona Railway (TRC)
Total mileage: 31 (50 km). Interchanges with UP at Searles.
|Trona Railway||Searle - Trona||Partially complete||Owned by Searles Valley Minerals/Nirma. Hauling sulfuric acid, soda ash, potash, salt cake, borax, coal, minerals and material for NAWS China Lake.|
About the (status) colors in the Name column
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 column.
Yellow means "only partially reviewed" ; additional volunteer work is needed to enter or correct additional railway route data 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. Currently, no table entries here are red.