List of Arizona railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Arizona.

Common freight carriers[edit]

Private freight carriers[edit]

Passenger carriers[edit]

Defunct railroads[edit]

Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Arizona and California Railway ATSF 1903 1911 California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway
Arizona and Colorado Railroad SP 1902 1910 Arizona Eastern Railroad
Arizona Eastern Railroad AE 1904 1955 Southern Pacific Company
Arizona Extension Railroad 1917 N/A
Arizona Mineral Belt Railroad 1883 1888 Central Arizona Railway
Arizona Narrow Gauge Railroad 1882 1887 Tucson, Globe and Northern Railroad
Arizona and New Mexico Railway SP 1883 1935 El Paso and Southwestern Railroad
Arizona and South Eastern Railroad SP 1888 1902 El Paso and Southwestern Railroad
Arizona Southern Railroad AZS 1904 1933 N/A
Arizona and Swansea Railroad 1909 1931 N/A
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway ATSF ATSF 1902 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Atlantic and Pacific Railroad ATSF 1866 1897 Santa Fe Pacific Railroad
Arizona and Utah Railway ATSF 1899 1905 Western Arizona Railway
Bradshaw Mountain Railroad ATSF 1901 1912 California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway
California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway ATSF 1911 1963 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Central Arizona Railway 1889 1937 N/A
Clifton and Southern Pacific Railway SP 1883 1883 Arizona and New Mexico Railway
Dragoon Mountain and Northern Railroad SP 1906 1907 Johnson, Dragoon Mountain and Northern Railway
El Paso and Southwestern Company SP 1908 1912 N/A Leased the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad
El Paso and Southwestern Railroad SP 1901 1955 Southern Pacific Company
Gila Valley, Globe and Northern Railway SP 1894 1910 Arizona Eastern Railroad
Grand Canyon Railway ATSF 1901 1942 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Johnson, Dragoon Mountain and Northern Railway SP 1907 1908 Johnson–Dragoon and Northern Railway
Johnson–Dragoon and Northern Railway SP 1908 1911 Southern Pacific Company
Magma Arizona Railroad MAA 1914 1997 N/A
Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad SP 1907 1910 Arizona Eastern Railroad
Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad SP 1885 1895 Maricopa and Phoenix and Salt River Valley Railroad
Maricopa and Phoenix and Salt River Valley Railroad SP 1895 1907 Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad
Mascot and Western Railroad MASW 1914 1932 N/A
Mexico and Colorado Railroad SP 1908 1910 El Paso and Southwestern Railroad
Mohave and Milltown Railway 1903 1904 N/A
Morenci Southern Railway SP 1899 1922 Morenci Industrial Railway
New Mexico and Arizona Railroad SP 1882 1934 Southern Pacific Railroad
Phoenix and Buckeye Railway SP 1909 1910 Arizona Eastern Railroad
Phoenix and Eastern Railroad SP 1901 1934 Southern Pacific Company
Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa Railway SP 1894 1895 Maricopa and Phoenix and Salt River Valley Railroad
Prescott and Arizona Central Railway 1885 1893 N/A
Prescott and Eastern Railroad ATSF 1897 1911 California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway
Ray and Gila Valley Railroad R&GV 1910 1943 Copper Basin Railway
Saginaw Southern Railroad 1898 1903 N/A
San Manuel Arizona Railroad SMA 1953 2003 N/A
San Pedro and Southwestern Railway SWKR 1992 2003 San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad
Santa Fe and Grand Canyon Railroad ATSF 1897 1901 Grand Canyon Railway
Santa Fe Pacific Railroad ATSF 1897 1902 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway ATSF 1891 1911 California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway
Shannon–Arizona Railway 1909 1919 Morenci Industrial Railway
Southern Pacific Railroad SP 1878 1955 Southern Pacific Company
Southern Pacific Company SP SP 1885 1969 Southern Pacific Transportation Company
Southern Pacific Transportation Company SP SP 1969 1998 Union Pacific Railroad
Southwestern Railroad of Arizona SP 1900 1901 El Paso and Southwestern Railroad
Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad TC&G, TCG 1915 1985 N/A
Tucson, Globe and Northern Railroad 1887 N/A Never opened
Tucson and Nogales Railroad SP 1909 1934 Southern Pacific Railroad
Twin Buttes Railroad 1904 1929 N/A
United Verde & Pacific Railway 1894 1920 N/A
Verde Tunnel and Smelter Railroad 1912 1953 N/A
Verde Valley Railway ATSF 1911 1942 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Western Arizona Railway ATSF 1906 1931 N/A
Yuma Valley Railroad SP 1914
Private freight carriers
A Southwest Lumber Mills locomotive in 1959. A similar unit is on display in downtown Flagstaff.
Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company log train in the Kaibab National Forest, circa 1900.
Passenger carriers
Electric

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

References[edit]

  • Arizona Department of Transportation (2000). "AZ DOT Rail Report" (PDF). Fact Book. ADOT. Retrieved March 23, 2006. 
  • Association of American Railroads (2004). "Railroad Service in Arizona" (PDF). AAR. Retrieved March 23, 2006. 
  • Hilton, George W. (1990). American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2369-9. 
  • Myrick, David F. (1975). Railroads of Arizona - Volume 1: The Southern Roads. Berkeley, California: Howell-North Books. ISBN 0-8310-7111-7. 
  • Pearsall, Marc (2002). "Map of Arizona Railroads" (PDF). Railroads of Arizona (2002) Includes abandoned lines and historical lines surveys. Arizona Railway Museum. Retrieved March 13, 2006. 
  • Robertson, Donald B. (1986). Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History - The Desert States: Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers. ISBN 0-87004-305-6. 
  • Stindt, Fred A. (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide (5th Edition ed.). Waukesha, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 0-89024-290-9. 
  • Walker, Mike (1995). Steam Powered Video's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Arizona & New Mexico. Kent, United Kingdom: Steam Powered Publishing. ISBN 1-874745-04-8.