Niles to Milpitas

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Map submitted by Paul Carr.

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Concrete bridge over Mission Blvd. stamped "WPRR 1921". UP "erased" all traces of WP after the merger of 1982, so this must have been covered by a metal UP sign at one point. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2011.

In 1921, the Western Pacific built its 23-mile San Jose Branch, which begins east of Niles Junction and continues south through Milpitas toward San Jose. The Niles-to-Milpitas section was abandoned earlier this decade after a derailment just north of the Milpitas Yard. A connector track was built to the parallel ex-SP Milpitas Line (currently the UP Warm Springs Sub) instead of rebuilding the track.

A small section of the abandoned right-of-way will be used in the Warm Springs Sub's new grade separation project in Fremont. Another portion of the line is being converted into a trail.

Thanks to Paul Carr for contributing information about this route.

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