Abandoned Rails of

Mare Island, California

Mare Island, a peninsula in the Napa River adjacent to Vallejo, California, was once home to a US Navy shipyard, and thus had a large network of connecting rail lines that spread throughout the facility. A large source of commerce for nearby Vallejo, the shipyard closed down in 1995, leaving abandoned a majority of the buildings and infrastructure there.

The land was subsequently redeveloped into a multi-use area, including a number of industrial customers in need of rail service, which were served by the San Francisco Bay Railroad up until 2008. Only recently has rail service continued to Mare Island, but to only a singular lineside customer (served by Tri-City and Olympia Railroad), despite a number of other industries on the island that still desire rail service. Discussions between T-C&O and the city of Vallejo to resume rail service to these other customers are ongoing.

Today, a majority of the tracks remain, disused.

Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.
Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.
Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.
Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.
Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.
Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.
Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Ron Lam, August 2007.

—  User Comments  —

There is a loco on C Street on the map.

Jonathan
Cupertino, CA
1/21/2013

We just visited Mare Island. Take the guided tour from the museum if you get a chance - it was very good. There are rails all over the place. Several of them have been paved over. Google street view in June 2017 shows the rails were still there, but we noticed that at the main connection to the island, the rails had been completely removed at Railroad Ave. The pavement looks somewhat new where the rails used to be, so they probably weren't removed that long ago.There's a vertical-lift bridge for the road connecting the island to Vallejo. The rail tracks run right down the middle of the road to cross the bridge.

Michael
Orange County, CA
6/4/2019