Trona Railway

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Trona Railway
Reporting mark TRC
Locale Mojave Desert, California
Dates of operation March 12, 1913–Present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Trona, California

The Trona Railway (reporting mark TRC) is a 30.5 mi (49.1 km) short-line railroad owned by Searles Valley Minerals.

The TRC interchanges with the Union Pacific Railroad (former Southern Pacific Transportation Company) at Searles, California.

The railroad has had various owners including Searles Valley Minerals (present), IMC Global, North American Chemical and Kerr-McGee Chemical.



The TRC handles 18,000 cars annually (1996 estimate). Commodities hauled include:

Passenger Service[edit]

Passenger train service was offered on the TRC but was discontinued in 1937.


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