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The SP Santa Rosa Branch

This is a group for people who know about this branch, or anyone on here that had seen a train on this historic 8 mile "route" between Santa Rosa and Schellville, considering that it has been paved over and ripped out. I followed the route on a map that Mike Davis sent me and I was amazed how close to my house the tracks were. I had no idea that tracks used to be right under my feet at many moments.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Apr 12

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Schellville Xing Protection?

since there was never any i nterlocking there was crossing protection Ed by simple "stop, look, and go" rul S in ETTs?

Started by Steve Donaldson Apr 12.

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Comment by Chad Gustafson on October 14, 2012 at 5:55pm

I don't think theres any remnants of the NWP by the high school or SRJC, but I imagine you could still make out the roadbed or where the tracks were. Just like how you can still see the outline of the ROW in front of Tam High. 

Comment by Steve Donaldson on October 14, 2012 at 11:54am

Nope, gone now , probably eliminated with upgrades to 101 since my time there.

Comment by Steve Donaldson on October 13, 2012 at 2:07pm

Afte S.P. abandoned its own Santa Rosa Branch(in favor of NWP), a short stub was retained from the old NWP connection at Santa Rosa(a mile or so n/o  depot) to reach a lone shipper accross hwy 101. Even when I worked on NWP in mid 60s, the stub was still in place, including crossing gates across the expressway.

Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on September 24, 2012 at 7:12pm

Sure Chris, its easy to walk some of it or view at least. If you're heading south on the Sonoma Highway, a few miles before you get into Glen Ellen you'll see raised railbed, concrete structures, and culverts along the west side of the road especially after the Dubar Rd. You can pick up the ROW at the south end of Yell Rd. Once you get near the school, you'll even see faint remains of the ties. There might be more, which I didn't have time to check, but not until you get into Sonoma and Depot Park where the station used to be and the rolling stock they have parked there will you see much.

Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 25, 2012 at 10:14pm
That's what I originally thought, but they both had parallel tracks. Didn't you see that picture of the SP in Sebastapol?
Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 25, 2012 at 8:00pm
Yes, its those empty lots where the Bekins facility is. It was once a rail yard. I've been over that area. You really have to get out of town before you start seeing the faint remains of the ROW. Development hasn't been kind to the legacy of the railroad once they pulled out. At least you have the former NWP line out to Sebastapol that you can bike on.
Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 25, 2012 at 3:58pm
Their yard would be a good start. It was on the east side of North St. in between 15th St. and 12th. Then just bike east on Montgomery Dr. Once you get out by Lake Ralphine, it more resembles a former ROW and you can imagine an old steam engine puffing along. Its not until you get to Kenwood and the station that you can see any real traces.
Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 25, 2012 at 10:32am
If you look at my map of the The San Francisco & North Pacific RR, you'll notice that the section that starts in Shellville goes north to Sonoma and then to Glen Ellen where it terminated.

The Southern Pacific starts at Shellville heading west to where Arnold Dr. is now, skirting Sonoma on its west side, converging with the SF&NP in Glen Ellen and then continuing on to Santa Rosa.
Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 25, 2012 at 12:40am

The Glen Ellen branch was the original route south from there. The Santa Rosa refers to the SP route.

Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 24, 2012 at 11:53pm

Only that I've actively looked at most of the former ROW while I lived up in the Bay Area. Again, try and locate a copy of Redwood railways: a story of redwoods, picnics, and commuters by Gilbert H. Kneiss since there's a chapter about SP building it. You can see my pictures here pictures

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 9950 Date: 4/18/1933 Section: 1
App. of Southern Pacific RR. Co. and Southern Pacific Co.for certificate to abandon (1) that part of the Santa Rosa Branch between Schellville and Yulupa, a distance of 8.07 miles; (2) that part of the Santa Rosa Branch between Los Guilicos and Santa Rosa, a distance of 8.028 miles; and (3) that part of the Wingo-Union Branch between Ramal and Wingo, a distance of 2.07 miles; all in Sonoma County, California.
Length: 18.168 miles Citation: 193 ICC 416

 

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