Maltha to Oil City

The Oil City Branch

Point of Interest

GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

The Oil City Branch was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1901 in order to access the Kern River oil fields north of Bakersfield, CA. It ran from a connection with the SP mainline (Union Pacific today) at Oil Junction, west of the community of Oildale, and proceed east for 6.378 miles to Oil City proper.

The eastern portion of the line, starting near Maltha, was abandoned in 1973. The remainder of the line remains active.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: AB-12 Sub 10 Date: 7/2/1973 Section: 1(18)
[Joint] Applic. for authority to abandon a portion of the Oil City Branch, owned and operated jointly by Sn. and Santa Fe, between MP 312.500, at or near Maltha, and the end of the branch at MP 314.087, at or near Oil City, a distance of 1.587 mi., together with all sidings, spur tracks and appurtenances, in Kern County, Calif.
Length: 1.587 miles Citation:  

Hey, I was just wondering why there are 2 identical Historic ICC Abandonment Filings for this railway?

Diego Calderon-Arrieta
Mobile, AL


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