Sacramento Southern Railroad

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The Sacramento Southern Railroad was born into a famous railroad family and a busy railroad town in July 1903. The mighty Southern Pacific, which controlled the new line from the outset, built south from Sacramento along the eastern bank of the Sacramento River into the delta's rich farmland area. At its zenith, the line was about 31 miles long, serving the communities of Freeport, Hood, Locke, Walnut Grove, and Isleton. Trains on what became known as the Walnut Grove Branch hauled pears, sugar beets, asparagus and other products from the agricultural region's packing sheds and canneries. Competition from trucking and damage from flooding took a severe toll on the railroad, and the Southern Pacific largely abandoned it by 1978, but a portion lives on as a labor of love.
ISBN: 9780738569864
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Kevin W. Hecteman is a volunteer on the “new” Sacramento Southern Railroad, assisting with operations of the steam-powered excursion trains that venture south from the capital city. Using images and ephemera from the California State Railroad Museum, his own collection, and those of other rail enthusiasts, Hecteman shows here a vintage rail line that still carries freight, passengers, and—a rarity in the railroad world—even its original name.
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