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Back in 1903 the Sacramento Southern Railroad (SSRR) was created to operate freight from Sacramento to Walnut Grove, a distance of 24.3 miles (39.1 km). By the 1970s the SSRR had diminished in use due to truck freight and the rail line was abandoned. The California State Railroad Museum acquired the rail property and started passenger excursions in 1982. Recently a resurgence in rail freight operations revitalized the train by Union Pacific Railroad, and expansion farther south into the Sacramento River Delta is planned.

Today, the State Railroad Museum runs short passenger excursions eastward along the Sacramento River Levee.
In this view is a SSRR switcher locomotive hauling classical passenger coaches.

A number of our California railroad lines (tracks) are jointly used today by freight and passenger trains, like Amtrak.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 970 W: 1 N: 2412] (9867)
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