Armona to Kerman

The Kerman Branch

Point of Interest

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Greg Harrison

This branch line was originally part of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad's mainline between Armona and Los Banos, CA. When it came under control of the Southern Pacific, the mainline was redirected at Kerman and then built eastward to SP's yards at Fresno. The rest of the line, between Kerman south to Armona, was then "downgraded" to a branch line.

With competition from AT&SF's line adjacent and parallel to this line to the east, the Southern Pacific abandoned the line in 1938.

At Kerman, the line is very close to The Biola Branch; see also the Riverdale Branch, to which this line connected at Hardwick.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 11964 Date: 3/4/1938 Section: 1
App. of Southem Pacific RR Co. and Southern Pacific Co. to abandon a portion of the Kerman Branch at or near Caruthers and Hardwick, in Fresno and King Counties, Calif, a distance of 11.35 miles, together with all sidings and spur tracks.
Length: 11.35 miles Citation: 228 ICC 159  
Docket Number: 14154 Date: 3/24/1943 Section: 1
Application of Southern Pacific Company to abandon portion of the Kernan Branch in Fresno County California, a distance of 17.2 miles which is owned by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and operated by Southern Pacific Company.
Length: 17.2 miles Citation: 254 ICC 825  

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