Berry to Sierra

The Sierra Branch

Point of Interest

The Sierra Branch of the McCloud River Railroad, formerly known as the Scott Lumber Company Branch, breaks off from the Bartle-to-Burney mainline at milepost B-58 near Berry, California and continues west and then south for approximately 7 miles, ending at milepost S-7 near Sierra, California. The McCloud Railway Company (MCR) filed for abandonment and discontinuation of service of the Sierra Branch on June 24, 2005, with the request being officially received and filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on June 27, 2005. A discontinuance of trackage rights of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company over the Sierra Branch was requested and received on the same dates, respectively.

Thanks to Kevin M. Smith for contributing information about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: AB_914X Date: 6/27/2005 Section:
MCR proposes to abandon approximately 80 miles of rail line in Siskiyou and Shasta Counties, CA.\1\ The specific rail lines proposed for abandonment include: (1) A rail line between milepost 3.3 east of McCloud and the end of the track at milepost B-61 at or near Burney; (2) a rail line between milepost B-19 at or near Bartle and milepost B-31.4 at or near Hambone; (3) a rail line between milepost B-58 at or near Berry and milepost S-7 at or near Sierra; and (4) a rail line between milepost B-31.6 at or near Bear Flat and milepost P-3.93 at or near Pondosa. MCR also proposes to discontinue trackage rights over a BNSF Railway Company\2\ rail line between milepost 31.4 at Hambone and milepost 0.0 at Lookout Junction, a distance of approximately 31.4 miles in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties, CA.\3\ The lines include a station at Burney.
Length: 80 miles Citation:  

I was up trucking near burney this spring and saw crews pulling up tracks in this area. Idk if it was this exact line but it was near burney

Medford, OR


As per the Sierra Branch link above the entire McCloud River Railway has been abandonded.

Chuck Jones
San Juan Capistrano, CA


One of the bridges in the movie "Stand by Me" is located at 41° 0.887'N 121° 37.112'W

Chuck Jones
San Juan Capistrano, CA


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Do you have any pictures or information about The Sierra Branch? Please . You will get credit for anything you contribute.