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Spotted on Lennox street. Santa Cruz.

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Comment by Bob Burns on July 28, 2019 at 8:33pm

Talking about Watsonville.

Just wondering if anyone remembers the SP storing their CAB Forwards at the Watsonville yard during the "off season" between harvests?

Used to see several of them there back in the mid to late 1950s when we lived in Watsonville and would occasionally drive down to Monterey.

Comment by Robert Ritchey on July 24, 2019 at 4:24pm

Nice photo.  Thank you for posting. 

For information about the entire branch line you can check out a website David Whaley put together.  It is the best site you can find for history of the area with photos of past and present condition of most of the line.

The website is

https://www.santacruztrains.com/p/blog-page.html

Other then the trolley tours in the summer time and Roaring Camp Railroad using about 2 miles of the line into the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk most of the 32 miles worth of line is unused.  There is some freight traffic on the Watsonville side which is mostly in one area.  Most of which is based off of harvest season.  The only constant customers is Big Creak Lumber in Watsonville and the Biodiesel plant on West Beach street that is in the old Granite Construction Shop building.  If you look towards the ocean where the line bends to the right and goes across the slough towards Santa Cruz that is where the washout is at that is blocking Roaring Camp from receiving their 2 new CF7s which are currently being stored in the fenced area by the Biodiesel plant. 

Comment by Luketherailfan on July 24, 2019 at 9:31am

These tours usually run only once a month. You can find a map of the branch probably on progressive rails website.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on July 23, 2019 at 5:06pm

It is a part of the old SP line that went to the Del Monte hotel a ways back.  There was also a link to Davenport on the coast.  The line once ran from the Peninsula (switch in Palo A.to) thru a big tunnel southwest of Saratoga and out to Santa Cruz and then Carmel.  The line runs past Scotts Valley and the Big Trees excursion rail line there.

Today the rails are still in place from north of Santa Cruz and connecting to UP at Watsonville.

Comment by Richard Sotelo on July 23, 2019 at 1:33pm

 Where do I find a map of this trolley route?

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