Riverside to Rialto

The Rialto Branch

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This view is facing south from Slover Avenue in Bloomington. Photo by Mike Palmer, December 2003.

The Riverside Cement Company built a large plant in the early 1900s in what is now Crestmore, and constructed a rail line south to downtown Riverside. This line was connected to the Union Pacific (Los Angeles & Salt Lake) at the southern end. Later, this line was also set up with trolley wire and connected to the Pacific Electric network (which also served Riverside on a branch). The line was extended north to a junction with the PE main line to San Bernardino at Rialto. This was a PE shortcut for Los Angeles-to-Riverside passengers and freight.

UP later constructed a separate branch to Crestmore from the main line at Pedley (west of Riverside) that is still in service today (2004). The original line served Riverside, East River, Cement Plant (Crestmore), Cedar Street, Bloomington, and Rialto. Most of the this joint UP/PE line was abandoned in the 1940s. A small section at Crestmore remains in service, and a short stretch at the south end remained in place until the 1970s.

UP 2-8-0 #6051 is on display in Riverside's Fairmount Park, which is adjacent to the abandoned route.

The south end had an interesting feature — it crossed the Riverside Freeway (CA Route 91) on a double track girder bridge with an adjacent SP spur that is also now abandoned. The bridge had both SP and UP heralds; this bridge was removed in the 1980s or 1990s. Two blocks north of the freeway the dual branches crossed Lime Street on a wooden bridge that allowed only one lane for car traffic below. This type of bridge is more common in the east and south but was rare for California. It too lasted until the 1980s but is now gone.

See also Riverside Junction to West Riverside.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 13151 Date: 1/9/1941 Section: 1
Application of Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company for abandonment of portions of their Rialto Branch located in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties Calif, and sale of portion of said Rialto located in San Bernardino County, Calif.
Length: Unknown Citation: 244 ICC 675  

I revisited the Lime St. bridge site today (1-9-09); the right-of-way where I was standing in 2003 is now used to store houses on blocks. The site is fenced off now.

Mike Palmer
L A County, CA
1/9/2009

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I would really love to see any photos that may exist of the PE crossing of the ATSF second sub at/near Riverside Ave.in Rialto. When I lived in Rialto I got to see SP switchers service the Sunkist plant just short of the ATSF. It swung out of the median of Riverside Ave. and into the plant, which had ATSF service on the other side. Old maps show the PE crossing ATSF in the middle of Riverside Ave. But an old photo I have of me swinging on a boxcar at the ATSF house siding shows two cantilever signals about 200 ft. east of Riverside. The normal signals for the ATSF on this sub were vertical trilight types, with the cantilevers usually used where there was an interlocking or crossing. This northern remnant of the Riverside line (with a wye), survived until 1964. hunter.gary@att.net

Gary Hunter
San Berdoo---originally, CA
12/12/2012

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