While the McCloud River Railroad is still in operation, the segment between Hambone and Lookout Junction, owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe but operated by McCloud River, last saw a train in December 2003 and has since been abandoned. This photo shows BNSF/McCloud River rails near Lookout Junction. Photo by Craig Bass, 2004.
Photos taken along the McCloud River Railway
Detail of the Hambone-Lookout line on Jeff Moore's website
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All the track between Mc Cloud east has been torn up unfortunately. We were out there in late '08 and took a last ride on the weekend, we were on track that had been unbolted, but not yet torn up. There was machinery at either end, and I assume it was all gone a week after we were there.
Everything east of McCloud is being turned into a rails-to-trails. All the track and ties have been pulled and some grading has been done to turn it over to a trail. You can drive most of it although some stretches are blocked by boulders.
Do you have any pictures or information about Hambone to Lookout Junction? Please