Harrington to Hamilton

The Colusa Branch

The abandoned railroad route between Harrington and Hamilton, known as The Colusa Branch, of which 59.625 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in California by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: AB-12 Sub 15 Date: 12/28/1973 Section: 1(18)
Applic. for authority to abandon a line of railroad (portion) of its Colusa Branch from MP 133.5 near Colusa, northerly to MP 161.7 near Ordbend, a distance of 28.2 mi., in Colusa and Glenn Counties, Calif.
Length: 28.2 miles Citation:  
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: AB 12 Sub 46 Date: 9/24/1976 Section: 1a
Application filed for authority to abandon a line of railroad extending from MP 169.0 beyond Hamilton in a southerly direction to railroad MP 161.7 near Ordbend, a distance of 7.3 miles in Glenn County, Calif. (This line includes the stations of Ordbend and Rotavele.)
Length: 7.3 miles Citation:  
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: AB 12 Sub 78 Date: 8/29/1984 Section: 10903
Application for abandonment of a line of railroad between milepost 109.375 at or near Harrington to milepost 133.500 at or near Colusa, a distance of 24.125 miles in Colusa County, California.
Length: 24.125 miles Citation:  

I grew up on Glenn County Road XX with the Colusa branch running along the east side of the road. We expected one train a day. Lime stone was hauled to Holly Sugar in Hamilton, and during the season, there were long trains of sugar beet cars. I loved the sound of those locomotives! One night I heard a truck out on Highway 45 with a train horn and my first thought was, "Why is that train coming through so late?"

Ronald Loewen
Glenn, CA
12/30/2014

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