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McCloud River Railroad
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McCloud River Railroad

By an appreciative rail fan and admirer of the hundred mile short line, that defied, weather, mountains, time and economics, for the longest time.
McCloud Railway
 
Now that the powerful shortline railroad that hauled "Pine Across the Mountain" has steamed over the hill and into the sunset, we can take some time a reflect upon  the McCloud River Railroad and it's erstwhile sibling the McCloud Railway. From the time the two dozen steamers had plied the track for the railroad and for the McCloud River Lumber Company to the burbling Baldwin diesels  and finally the EMD SD-38s  testing the strength of the lightweight track, the purpose of the MCRR was to haul timber to the mills, and lumber out of the shadow of Mt Shasta to it's connections for  the cities of California Oregon and beyond.  Despite monstrous winters, two world wars, a crippling depression and all the other vagaries of history, in the last one hundred years, the railroad never flagged in it's duty. It never failed to perform, until it had completed the course set before it.

So lets take a trip back across the rails of memory and remember fondly the McCloud River Railroad, the McCloud River Lumber Company, Mother McCloud and finally the McCloud Railway. All aboard!

 

 

 
 
McCloud River Railroad History History

One Hundred Plus Years Of McCloud River Railroad  History

   
interactive map Interactive Map

Explore The McCloud River Railroad

   
Picture Gallery Gallery

A Selection Of McCloud River Railroad and McCloud Railway Photos from various sources

   
Statistics Statistics

Motive Power And Station Lists.

   
postcards Historic Post Cards

Once issued by the McCloud River Lumber Company

   
McCloud Railway Present End Of The Line

The McCloud Railway packs it in and and steams into the sunset

   
McCloud Railway Video

As seen as on youtube.com

   
team track Team Track

Odds and ends that didn't really fit anywhere else

   
interchange Interchange

Links to other great McCloud resources.

   
 
This website is by no means meant to be a complete compendium of the McCloud River Railroad and McCloud Railway. There are more complete sites available on the internet, you will find them listed in the "Interchange" section. Also I am by no means the most experienced, knowledgeable, or experienced person when it comes to this railroad. I have visited it a handful of times and ridden it just once. But having spent a lot of time in, on and around Mount Shasta as a child, when I later learned more of this railroad as an adult, fifteen years ago, I immediately became enamored with it.  Nothing in the intervening course of time has dulled that affection.
 
Solitude

Solitude:

 This to me is the McCloud River Railroad. Nearly one hundred miles of well rusted light weight rail,  rough hewn ties reeking of creosote and mounds of red lava ballast, stretching as far as the eye can see, completely empty.  In years passed, these rails near Burney might have seen daily service, of late they have seen weekly service, if that and now, they have been lifted and removed entirely. But for me and my memories of running up and down this quiet stretches of empty tracks with the enthusiasm of a kid.....this will always be McCloud.

 

 

 Plentitude:

This picture was taken on the road between the Bartle junction and Hambone. Looking south west into McCloud River basin. Active log cutting has been going on in this area for a hundred years, and yet with proper management you can see such activities, have not have a debilitating effect on this environment. Somewhere in the middle of those all those trees is the railroad between Bartle and McCloud.

Plentitude
 

All photo's, unless otherwise noted, are credited to Craig Nolan, Please E-mail for permission before use

*Historic Images on flash courtesy Of The McCloud Heritage Junction Museum, Color Phot0s copyright mccloudriverrailroad.com

 

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