The R Street Line
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Southern Pacific Railroad|
|Docket: AB 12 Sub 41||8/9/1976||Section: 1a|
|Application filed for authority to abandon a portion of its R Street line between MP 89.592 and MP 91.225, a distance of 1.633 miles in Sacramento County, California.|
|Length: 1.633 miles|
— User Comments —
The SP R Street trackage served industries and warehouses along R Street. It was the first railroad in California and originally ran from Front Street in Sacramento to Placerville
The crossbuck post in picture #4 is actually on the corner of 8th & R Street.
The R Street business district celebrates the location's rail heritage. A current project between 16th and 18th streets includes quite a bit of work to incorporate rails into the new concrete pavement (though not actually the historic trackage-the entire surface was dug up a few months ago-I'm not sure if the project included reuse of the existing rails that were removed).
At the Junction with SP main to Stockton: Early 20th Century there was a crossing. Also, the R line had transition curve at SW corner of the junction to SP. This transition was maintained after the actual crossing "diamond" was removed prior to mid-century. And, there was/ still is- a transition from main to Placerville Branch (East from SP Main, at NE corner where "diamond" was.
Your "R" Street map shows track spur curved north from the east end; should curl to right, or south. There was a tower to control traffic at this junction until circa 1950. Observed from bicycle recon by yours truly… In August 1955 SP raqn a 20+ car centennial celebration train to Folsom. Steam #2248 & # 2598 up front. Stalled on the hill to SP main, needed diesel switcher help to make on second try. The "R" tower marked Western/San Joaquin Division points.
Second tower on "R" street long gone was at SW corner WP crossing at 19th St. Manned until mid-50's. There was a spur from R street running across the WP to a warehouse on east side of WP line. Also, WP had a wye at 19th & Q – no turntable at their big Jeffery Shops at 12th Avenue, so lots of steam action turning on this "Q" street wye! WP south leg of wye crossed SP R line, so tower controlled this patch of switches & crossings. WP track to front street and connection there with SP. Do you show WP Q street line?
In fairness to the steam power on the centennial run, they had to stop at bottom of hill for clearance; had they kept momentum all the way up to the junction track, as usual operation procedure, they would have made first try….
WAY BACK circa 1900 there was a "Wye" at the river bank, west end of "R" street. Us old timer bicycle train watchers recall very distinct weed covered remains of the wye circa 1950's… And why not- Elvas wye did not appear until late 1860's and there was not a turntable in Sacramento until years after R street beginning.
Appreciate your maps and info.. Several other forgotten SP/WP/SN junction tracks in Sacramento area…