The Berenda Branch

Berenda to Daulton, CA

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 18178 6/1/1953 Section: 1(18)
App. of Southern Pacific Railroad Company and Southern Pacific Company for permission to the former as owner to abandon its entire Berenda Branch and to the latter as lessee to abandon operation thereof extending northeasterly from Berenda to Daulton, in Madera County, California, a distance of approximately 11.431 miles.
Length: 11.431 miles
Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 18954 6/6/1955 Section: 1(18)
App. of Southern Pacific RR. Co. and Southern Pacific Co. as lessee, for authority to abandon and remove the Berenda Branch extending easterly from a connection with the main line at Berenda, to its end at or near Daulton, all in Madera County, California, 11.431 miles.
Length: 11.431 miles

—  User Comments  —

This line is drawn on DeLorme's older Northern California atlas (page 119, D-6 and D-7). It crossed the ATSF/BNSF on a diamond at Kismet. According to the map a local road runs along the SP r-o-w through the farms in the area. I rode past this location in the San Joaquin, but I couldn't tell if the road was built parallel to, or over, the SP right-of-way.

Mike Palmer
Torrance, CA

This was originally a section of the Raymond Branch that was built by Southern Pacific to serve the Yosemite tourist industry. It pre-dated the Yosemite Valley Railroad. Its main function turned to serving the granite quarries at Knowles. The Daulton - Raymond portion was abandoned in the early 40's.

Sonora, CA