Along The Line:
Sisson/Mt. Shasta City


An early postcard overview of Sisson from a postcard issued by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Jeff Moore collection.



An early view of Southern Pacific's Sisson depot with McCloud River's passenger train spotted in front of it. The depot sat across the tracks from the city's main downtown area, which lay just to the south. Jeff Moore collection.



Six McCloud steam locomotives wait near the end of McCloud River tracks across from the SP depot in the 1940s. SP's freight depot can be seen in the distance on the right side of the photo, with the north end of the downtown area visible just to the left of it. McCloud power congregated at this location well into the diesel era while waiting for SP crews to switch the interchange yard located to the north. Ray Piltz photo, Travis Berryman collection.



The south end of the Mt. Shasta yard in the middle 1980s. The site of the SP depot would have been across the SP mainline to the right. Pat Driscoll photo, Jeff Moore collection.



SP's Mt. Shasta City freight depot as it was in the early 1980s, with the McCloud trackage in the foreground. The depot has since been moved to a new site across the McCloud tracks and next to the main street, rebuilt with a passenger depot style addition over the middle of the structure, and has housed a variety of businesses over the years. Lee F. Hower photo.



The interchange yard between the McCloud and SP (now UP) lay north of the depot. Two SP locomotives are seen here switching in the yard in the middle 1980s. Pat Driscoll photo, Jeff Moore collection.



The north end of the Mt. Shasta yard in 1982. John A. Dixon photo, Jeff Moore collection.



A McCloud Railway freight laying over in the north end of the Mt. Shasta yards in 2002. The first car on the track to the left is a gondola carrying the remnants of a scrapped wreck damaged woodchip hopper. Jeff Moore photo.



Just north of the yard the McCloud mainline diverged from the SP main and immediately crossed Highway 99, now Mt. Shasta Boulevard. Increasing vehicle traffic caused the railroad to install its first automated crossing signals, a set of wig-wags, at this crossing in 1926. A McCloud Railway freight is entering the yard to deliver carloads of scrap rails lifted from the line east of McCloud in 2008. Jeff Moore photo.



The railroad's water tank lay not far east of the Highway 99 crossing. It was one of two known water tanks with roofs. Pacific Northwest Virtual Logging Data Center.