The Coalinga Branch

Crump to Leroy, CA

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 11730 7/22/1937 Section: 1
App. of Southern Pacific RR Co. and Southern Pacific Co, for authority to abandon so-called Coalinga Branch owned by Southern Pacific RR Co. and operated by Southern Pacific Co. lessee between Crump and LeRoy a distance of 2.07miles together with all sidings, spur track and appurtenaces, all in Fresno, County, Calif.
Length: 2.07 miles Citation: 221 ICC 767

—  User Comments  —

Since SJVR only took over Branch as far as Turk, How was Turk-Coalinga segment disposed of(Embargo after 1983 Earhquake)?

Steve Donaldson
Central Calif. Coast, CA

the line ends just southwest outside of Huron not that far from Coalinga, i found that out with google earth.

Tulare, CA

please put a map on here

Tulare, CA

My grandpa and grandma have lived in coalinga for decades and they saw the tracks in coalinga when they were still active and they were used as mostly car storage he says the tracks were removed from coalinga sometime in the 90s

Tulare, CA

I was born (1935) and raised in Coalinga and lived there at various times until 1960 when I moved to Fresno.

I remember my father taking me to the railroad downtown Coalinga where a steam engine was slowly shuttling cars. My father waved to the engineer and I ended up in the cab with the engineer and was allowed to ring the bell as he eased the train forwards and backwards several times. This was probably around 1940. What a treat for a houng boy!

William Wardlaw
Coalinga, CA

I grew up in Coalinga from 1952 until I went off to college in 1967. I remember the old Southern pacific Station and watching the trains hauling cattle, asbestos as well as the canteloupe packing shed which the train serviced. I also remember the night the two trains collided on the trestle outside of town. One loaded with cattle and one loaded with asbestos. The trestle is still there, now used as part of a bike/pedestrian pathway. A few years ago I modelled this in HO scale.

Hugh Twibell
Santa Barbara, CA