The abandoned railroad route between Schellville and Santa Rosa, known as The Santa Rosa Branch, of which 8.07 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in California by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
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It is easy to drive most of the actual route of the Southern Pacific Santa Rosa Branch within the City of Santa Rosa. Montgomery Drive was built on the abandoned right-of-way from its intersection with Channel Drive in east Santa Rosa, to just north of its intersection with Third St. near downtown. From there, the line continued north, just east of North St. The open lot on the east side of North St. between 13th St. and 14th St. was part of the SP Santa Rosa Yards, and the station building once stood just east of North St. on that block.
North of Spencer Ave., the tracks turned 90 degrees to the west and paralleled Pacific Ave. They followed a route that now goes through Santa Rosa Junior College, their path still largely not built upon, to US 101; beyond that highway an empty path marks the route to where its junction with the Northwestern Pacific RR existed, before 1933.
Rohnert Park, CA
Actually, the line from MONTGOMERY DR. TO SCHELLVILLE was abandoned in 33. The line from the NWP junction with it and to the North Street yard were still there in the late 50's-early 60's
Santa Rosa, CA
Do you have any pictures or information about The Santa Rosa Branch? Please