Aptos to Loma Prieta

The Loma Prieta Branch

The abandoned railroad route between Aptos and Loma Prieta, known as The Loma Prieta Branch, was once operated in California by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 6615 Date: 11/30/1927 Section: 1
App. of Southern Pacific RR. Co. and Southern Pacific Co. for authority to abandon the Loma Prieta Branch in Santa Cruz County, California.
Length: Unknown Citation:  

This line shows up on the SPV California & Nevada atlas, but I could not find where it ran on the topo maps I have.

Mike Palmer
Torrance, CA


This branch ran from near present day Aptos Station into what is now the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Molino Timber company shipped lumber from their millsite which is marked with a display in the park. There are remains of many trestles along the road into the park and ties in places in the roads and trails. The trail to the Loma Prieta earthquake epicenter site passes the site of a large trestle and deep cut.

John Feagans
Soquel, CA


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