West Chandler to Hansen

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  • States: Arizona   
  • Railroads: AE, SP   

The Hansen Branch

Point of Interest

Map submitted by Greg Rose.

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Greg Harrison

This short spur served the ranch of A.J. Hansen, which grew melons and cotton. It branched from a wye with the Southern Pacific mainline at Kyrene Station (renamed to West Chandler in 1921), and headed due east to the townsite of Kyrene; indeed, this branch was originally called the K-H (Kyrene - Hansen) Branch. There was a sizable cotton gin at West Chandler, resulting in a fairly busy station for a time.

The south end of the wye became the end of the Maricopa line once it was cut back. It does appear that the wye survived for a while after both the Hansen Branch was abandoned in 1933. A 1937 aerial photo shows it still there.

Thanks to Greg Rose for contributing information about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 10153 Date: 9/20/1933 Section: 1
App. of Arizona Eastern RR. Co. and Southern Pacific Co., it a lessee, for certificate to abandon that part of the Hansen Branch extending from a point near West Chandler to Hansen, a distance of 1.897 miles, in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Length: 1.897 miles Citation: 193 ICC 645  

The Kyrene/West Chandler station was located on what is now Chandler Blvd, on the northwest side of the RR crossing of that street.

Greg Rose
Tempe, AZ


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