California's Lumber Shortline Railroads

California's Lumber Shortline Railroads

by Jeff Moore


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California's Lumber Shortline Railroads by Jeff Moore

California's sawmill and railroad industries grew up together, each at least partially depending upon the other for survival. However, not all of the Golden State's sawmills lay upon the routes of mainline railroads, resulting in the development of a number of shortline railroads connecting remote sawmills with the nation's rail network. In addition to serving the lumber industry, these shortlines often became economic lifelines to other industries in rural parts of the state. Many of these railroads also carried passengers, either as part of their common carrier service in the early years and/or as tourists in recent decades. This book seeks to tell the stories of and relate the important historical roles these small carriers played, long lasting companies such as the Almanor, Amador Central, Arcata & Mad River, California Western, Camino Placerville & Lake Tahoe, McCloud River, Quincy, Sierra, and Yreka Western, along with younger start-ups such as the Eureka Southern, North Coast, Great Western, Modoc Northern, Lake County, Lake Railway, and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634990073
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 05/14/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,235,204
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeff Moore spent most of his youth in the pine forests of northeastern California and the redwoods along the Pacific Coast, where his lifelong passion for trains developed into an intense interest in the history of those railroads associated with the timber industry, especially in northeastern California and eastern Oregon. Jeff currently lives with his family near Elko, Nevada, where he continues his research into these operations. As of this writing Jeff has authored two books and numerous articles and has several other projects pending.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 Almanor Railroad 15

2 Amador Central 24

3 Arcata & Mad River 37

4 California Western 51

5 Camino, Placerville & Lake Tahoe 68

6 Eureka Southern/North Coast/California Northern/Northwestern Pacific 76

7 Feather River Railway 92

8 Great Western/Lake County/Modoc Northern/Lake Railway 105

9 McCloud River 113

10 Quincy 128

11 Sierra 140

12 Yreka Western 154

13 Other Roads 166

Principle References 173

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