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Short bridge over drainage channel, on former SP spur to DWP facility. This is in Seal Beach, facing west along Westminster Blvd. Photo by Mike Palmer, April 2006.

This branch connects with the UP (SP) Huntington Beach branch, and extends about 3-4 miles west to the US Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach. It was built during World War II, in the early 1940s, and much of the line now travels through residential and light industrial zones. (At the time, it also connected to Pacific Electric's line between Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, but that was removed in 1950.)

There are numerous spurs within the US Naval Weapons facility, which covers several acres. These spurs serve several annumintion storage areas; they can be seen (but not photographed) from the street. The Naval facility is converting to trucks for transport.

At one point, the SP had a freight branch that extended from the Navy facility further west another mile, to the edge of Seal Beach/Long Beach. This freight branch served a Department of Water & Power plant; the branch was likely used only occasionally to haul heavy equipment.

The line was abandoned on March 31, 2010.

Thanks to Mike Palmer for contributing information about this route.

The GSA has posted notice in the Los Angeles Times for bids to remove the track. Contractors are inspecting the area, preparing bids.

Janet Ewell
Huntington Beach, CA
8/2/2012

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The track removal is underway. According to the Navel Weapons Base Public Affairs office they never owned the land and they are currently tracking down the land owners from the 1940's to return the easements.

10/24/12

Henk
Huntington Beach, CA
10/24/2012

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The tracks are all gone. I'll miss going over them on my way to the Westminister mall. Lovely Memories

Benjamin Gonzalez
Buena Park , CA
1/14/2013

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Observed the Rail Operations at Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station which this spur served for several years from my office at McDonnell Dougles/Boeing.

Links:

Navy Ending Rail Operations: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=51056

Discussion:

http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=44103

Last Image of Train?:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=250012

Tim Schramer
Laguna Niguel, CA
3/1/2013

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In 1990, a train derailed in Westmister that was carrying live ammo. Apparently some ammo spilled. Although nobody got hurt, I heard that the Navy stopped shipping ammo in by rail after that. Does anybody here know if that is true?

Stephanie
Santa Ana, CA
6/20/2015

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Can you buy these abandoned land?

khoa
MIDWAY CITY, CA
9/29/2015

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