List of California railroads

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

Common freight carriers[edit]

Freight carrier information is current as of 2018.[1]

Class I
Name Carrier Code Parent company Route miles
BNSF Railway BNSF Berkshire Hathaway 2,114
Union Pacific Railroad UPRR 3,292
Class III
Name Carrier Code Parent company Route miles
Arizona and California Railroad ARZC Genesee & Wyoming 190 (84 in CA)
California Northern Railroad CFNR Genesee & Wyoming 210
Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad CORP Genesee & Wyoming 305 (56 in CA)
Lake County Railroad LCR/LCY Frontier Rail 54
Napa Valley Wine Train NVRR 18
Northwestern Pacific Railroad NWP 63
Pacific Sun Railroad PSRR Watco 62
Sacramento Southern Railroad SSR State of California 3
Sacramento Valley Railroad SAV Patriot Rail 7
San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad SDIY Genesee & Wyoming 1
San Joaquin Valley Railroad SJVR Genesee & Wyoming 297
San Francisco Bay Railroad SFBR 7
Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway SCBG Roaring Camp, Inc. 9
Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railroad SCMB Progressive Rail, Inc. 31
Santa Maria Valley Railroad SMVRR 14
Sierra Northern Railway SERA 68
Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad STE OmniTrax 25
Trona Railway TRC Searles Valley Minerals/Nirma 31
Ventura County Railroad VCRR Genesee & Wyoming 9
West Isle Line, Inc. WFS Western Farm Service 5
Yreka Western Railroad YW Railmark Holdings 9
Switching and terminal
Name Carrier Code Parent company Route miles
Central California Traction Company CCT BNSF/UPRR 96
Los Angeles Junction Railway LAJ BNSF 64
Modesto and Empire Traction Company MET 49
Oakland Terminal Railway OTR BNSF/UPRR 10
Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. PHL Anacostia Rail Holdings Company 59
Quincy Railroad QRR 3
Richmond Pacific Railroad RPRC 6


Passenger carriers[edit]


Commuter rail[edit]



Amusement park[edit]

Defunct railroads[edit]

Private carriers


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


  • Fickewirth, Alvin A. (1992). California Railroads. San Marino, California: Golden West Books. ISBN 0-87095-106-8.
  • Robertson, Donald B. (1998). Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History - Volume IV - California. Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. ISBN 0-87004-385-4.
  • Association of American Railroads (2003), Railroad Service in California (PDF). Retrieved May 25, 2005.
  • Santa Fe Railroad (1945), Along Your Way, Rand McNally, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Serpico, Philip C. (1988). Santa Fé Route to the Pacific. Palmdale, California: Omni Publications. ISBN 0-88418-000-X.
  1. ^ "2018 California State Rail Plan" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. Caltrans. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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