Updated 27 January 2019- Index to Recent Updates

On January 21, 1897, the backers of the McCloud River Lumber Company incorporated the McCloud River Railroad Company to assume construction and operation of a railroad started the previous year projected to connect its sawmill on the southeast flank of California's Mt. Shasta with the Central Pacific Railroad mainline. The McCloud River Railroad survived through ninety five and a half sometimes turbulent years, in the process becoming an endearing presence in both the communities the railroad served and the railfan community. On July 1, 1992, the McCloud Railway Company acquired the operating assets, and though much of the line has since been abandoned the railroad still exists as a common carrier between McCloud and Mt. Shasta City.

As of October 2018, this website is under new ownership and management. Craig Nolan, who launched this site in 2005 and has maintained it ever since, decided to pursue other interests, and he offered the domain to me. My name is Jeff Moore, and since early 2003 I have been running the McCloud Rails website on Trainweb.org. The old McCloud Rails site will stay up, but almost all of its content will be brought over to this site, with some needed changes in formatting and layout. All future updates and expansions will be done on this site.

I hope with this site to continue what I had been doing on McCloud Rails, namely to document the life and times of McCloud railroading. This site is not affiliated in any way with any of the railroads or their parent or affiliated companies.

Front Page Photo
New image for January 2019...McCloud River #38 weighing cars in McCloud on 15 March 1982. George Povall/Jeff Moore collection.

Links To The Pages

News- Developments and happenings related to the McCloud railroads.


History of railroading in McCloud in eight pages.

Locomotive Roster- Complete list of McCloud locomotives, including notes and photographs.

Equipment Roster- Rolling stock owned or leased by the McCloud railroads.

Passenger Operations- From original passenger trains to modern excursions.

Freight Operations- How the McCloud railroads moved freight.

Along the line- Descriptions, maps, and photos of each segment of the line, including station points.

McCloud River Lumber Company- Overview of "Mother McCloud", focusing on its railroad operations.

McCloud Customers- Profiles of the various shippers that sustained the railroad over time.

Subsidiaries and Affiliated Operations- Companies owned by or otherwise affiliated with the McCloud River Railroad.

Miscellaneous- The section of the site for things that don't fit anywhere else.

Heritage Junction- McCloud's hometown museum, source of a lot of information and photos.

McCloud Rails in Print- Books and magazine articles I've written.

McCloud Models Homepage- McCloud railroading in miniature.


Links Page

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McCloud River Railroad staff created a Yahoo! discussion group for the McCloud railroads. Click on the button to join the group. To control spam, all memberships to require approval.

All photographs on this site are © Jeff Moore unless otherwise stated.  Please contact Jeff via e-mail if you wish to use any photos for any use. Comments, questions, and contributions of material are always welcome. This website was created by Jeff Moore.

Also be sure to visit our sister site, High Desert Rails.