The Colusa Branch

Harrington to Hamilton, California

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: AB-12 Sub 15 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: 28.200 miles Citation:  
Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: AB 12 Sub 46 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: 7.300 miles Citation:  
Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: AB 12 Sub 78 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:  

—  User Comments  —

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