Fillmore to Saugus, CA

This route was built in 1887 as part of Southern Pacific's original mainline from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In the early 1900s it was bypassed by a parallel route further south, and this line became a secondary route. It ran parallel to the Santa Clara River for its entire distance, serving local orange groves and farms. It remained in service by SP until 1987, when the Santa Paula to Saugus segment was abandoned.

A local tourist railroad, Fillmore & Western, purchased the segment from Santa Paula east to Fillmore. The F&W operates passenger trains with historic equipment all year long. The F&W also has a large collection of rail equipment in Fillmore in various stages of repair. The Fillmore & Western also includes the Fillmore to Piru segment on its brochure maps, but there are no trains currently running on that part. The rails are intact, though solidly rusted, and the crossing signals have been upgraded where it crosses CA Route 126. East of Piru, the rails are completely removed. Much of the grade between Piru and Newhall Ranch is easily found as it runs parallel to CA Route 126, but the route is not a public trail. East of Newhall Ranch the route can be followed by local industries, under I-5 and an adjacent road (called the Old Road), to a bridge over the Santa Clara River. This bridge (see below) is used for water pipes but is blocked from public use. The right-of-way for the last mile to Saugus has been obliterated by the widening of parallel Magic Mountain Blvd. The line ended with a wye to the SP mainline between Los Angeles and Mojave, but most traces of the wye have been removed.

This is the Piru "station" as it appears in January 2004. The bu...
This is the Piru "station" as it appears in January 2004. The building is a new structure with concrete platforms, although the station itself is not modeled after the original station at Piru. The track ends around the bend in the distance. Photo by Mike Palmer, January 2004.
This bridge crosses over Piru Creek. It is easily accessible and...
This bridge crosses over Piru Creek. It is easily accessible and is used as an "unauthorized" bike bridge. This is less than a mile east of the station. The bridge is dated "1902" in the ironwork at each end. Photo by Mike Palmer, 2004.
This bridge is over the Santa Clara River. It is still used by t...
This bridge is over the Santa Clara River. It is still used by the local water utility company.The ironwork dates this bridge as "1898". Photo by Mike Palmer, 2004.
At the eastern end of the Fillmore-to-Saugus line, just west of ...
At the eastern end of the Fillmore-to-Saugus line, just west of Newhall(Santa Clarita) are some road bridges over this former rail line. In the foreground is the Old Road (CA Route 99) bridge, and in the background, the newer Interstate 5 bridge. Photo by David Lindley, May 2009.
Another picture of the abandoned right-of-way heading under both...
Another picture of the abandoned right-of-way heading under both CA Route 99 and Interstate 5. Photo by David Lindley, May 2009.
This is the western end of existing trackage on the line in Piru...
This is the western end of existing trackage on the line in Piru, CA. Photo by David Lindley, April 2008.
Beyond these tracks, to the west, all rails have been removed, l...
Beyond these tracks, to the west, all rails have been removed, leaving only the roadbed, itself disappearing as well. Photo by David Lindley, April 2008.
A portion of the original right-of-way in Valencia (Santa Clarit...
A portion of the original right-of-way in Valencia (Santa Clarita) has been converted recently to a biking/running trail, including the old trestle bridge. This is a sculpture at what is now called the Ironhorse Trailhead. Photo by Kevin F. Story.
Looking northwest at the old trestle bridge in Valencia; the rig...
Looking northwest at the old trestle bridge in Valencia; the right-of-way has been converted to a rail-trail through here. Photo by Kevin F. Story.
Looking northwest at the old trestle bridge in Valencia; the rig...
Looking northwest at the old trestle bridge in Valencia; the right-of-way has been converted to a rail-trail through here. Photo by Kevin F. Story.
The I-5 overpass is seen over the rail-trail with the Old Road o...
The I-5 overpass is seen over the rail-trail with the Old Road overpass behind it. Photo by Kevin F. Story.
Looking east from near the I-5 overpass.
Looking east from near the I-5 overpass. Photo by Kevin F. Story.

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