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Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway

Introduction

The Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway provides freight service, connecting with the Union Pacific at Watsonville Junction, California. SC&MB also operates seasonal excursion trains with plans for additional excursion service and dinner trains.

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History

Construction was started on the Santa Cruz Railroad in 1873 and completed in 1876 as a narrow gauge line. The Santa Cruz was acquired by the Southern Pacific in 1881 and shortly after was converted to standard gauge. SP ultimately acquired other lines into Santa Cruz but before the SP was merged into the Union Pacific in 1996, only the 32 miles between Watsonville Junction, Santa Cruz and Davenport remained. The line was eventually purchased by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. In 2012 Iowa Pacific was selected to operate the line and service commenced in November, 2012. At several locations the line hugs the Pacific Ocean and features well-known trestles at La Selva and Rio Del Mar.

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At A Glance

Reporting Marks: SCMB

Miles of Track: 32

Cities:
Watsonville
Capitola
Santa Cruz
Davenport

Transloading Sites:
Available

Commodities:
Lumber
Frozen Food
Input for biodiesel processing

Car Storage: 200 cars

Locomotives: 2

Contact

Marketing
Steve Gregory
303-903-9495
gregorys@iowapacific.com

Business
Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC
118 S. Clinton St., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312.466.0900
Fax: 312.466.9589