The Clovis Branch

Fresno to Clovis and Friant, CA

This branch served the farms and local businesses east and north of Fresno. Much of the right-of-way runs parallel to major streets east of Fresno, though the remnants are likely to be paved over as development spreads and streets are widened. There have been local transportation studies exploring re-using some of the right-of-way for light rail.

Looking north in Clovis. The ROW has been reclaimed for use as a...
Looking north in Clovis. The ROW has been reclaimed for use as a biking trail. Photo by Mike Palmer, March 2005.
A marker in Clovis showing the location of the Shaver Lake/Piner...
A marker in Clovis showing the location of the Shaver Lake/Pineridge Clovis Flume. The text reads "Terminus of the great flume which was the 3rd largest in the world. 1892". Photo by Mike Palmer, March 2005.
The Tarpey Depot in Clovis. This station had been about a mile f...
The Tarpey Depot in Clovis. This station had been about a mile further south on the line; it was restored and moved to Clovis and serves as a visitor center. Photo by Mike Palmer, March 2005.

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 21425 1/3/1961 Section: 1(18)
App. for auth. to aband. that portion of the Clovis Branch and operation thereof of San Joaquin Div'n., owned and operated by Sn. Pac. Co., at or near Rockfield and the end of such branch line at or near Friant, a distance of approx. 4.356 mi., together with all sidings, spur tracks and appurtenances, all in Fresno County, Calif.
Length: 4.356 miles 236
Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 26512 1/28/1971 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon its Clovis Branch Line between MP 206.99 and MP 212.50, a distance of approx, 5.51 miles, together with all spur track, sidings and appurtenances, all within the County of Fresno, Calif.
Length: 5.51 miles 281

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