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News Photo: Sierra Northern operates test passenger train in Southern California

By David Lustig | May 6, 2022

Short trip is prelude to excursion operations

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Blue and silver F unit with passenger cars crosses wooden bridge
Blue and silver F unit with passenger cars crosses wooden bridge
A test passenger train operates on Sierra Northern’s Ventura Division on Thursday, May 5, 2022. (David Lustig)

FILLMORE, Calif. — Following on the heels of a successful freight photo train April 22, Sierra Northern Railway’s Ventura Division operated a second train, this time with seven streamlined passenger cars between Fillmore and Santa Paula, on Thursday, May 5. The train was stopped numerous times for the railroad’s company photographer. The train was significant for the onboard crew to continue to familiarize themselves with train handling on many newly refurbished sections of the right-of-way. Sierra Northern Railway leases the line, which is owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

The railroad is planning to bring additional rolling stock onto the property to accommodate new freight customers and eventually excursion passenger trains, as well as supplying equipment for movie, television, and commercial productions, as did prior operator Fillmore & Western.

The Sierra Northern Railway was formed in August 2003 through the merger of two Northern California short line railroads: the Sierra Railroad Company and the Yolo Short Line Railroad. They currently operate about 100 miles of track in Northern California, and 30 miles of track in the Santa Clara River Valley in Southern California.

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