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The Roaring Camp and Bigtrees Railroad at Felton

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Roaring Camp Rairoads, Felton, California

April 1, 2013
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Excursion trains still run to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

 thumbnail - Beach Street behind the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Most people enter the Boardwalk from the parking lot across Beach Street. The Santa Cruz Big Trees & Pacific Railway now offers summer and weekend excursion runs to the Boardwalk from Felton in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Santa Cruz, California

September 14, 2013
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Santa Cruz Boardwalk

The Shoreline trail along the Monterey waterfront utilizes the former railroad route

 thumbnail - Shoreline Trail at Monterey's Fishermans Cove

A former railroad line was converted to an exceptional pedestian and bike path from Fisherman's Wharf to Lovers Point.

Monterey, California

May 19, 2012
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Fisherman's Cove Monterey

John Steinbeck's friend Doc Ricketts was hit by a train here at Cannery Row

 thumbnail - Memorial to Doc Ricketts, located where he was hit by a train

Memorial to Doc Ricketts, located where he was hit by a train

Cannery Row, Monterey, California

December 12, 2005
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Cannery Row

The former railroad line through Pacific Grove now provides a wonderful shoreline path

 thumbnail - Historic Mural on the Pacific Grove Bike Path

A mural illustrating Pacific Grove's founding as a Methodist camp meeting place adorns a wall along the shoreline path.

Pacific Grove, California

May 19, 2012
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Pacific Grove Shoreline

There is a railway stop on the lonely beach at Surf, California

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Amtrak station on the long lonely beach at Surf, surrounded by Vandenburg Air Force Base

Surf, California

April 28, 2008
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Vandenburg Air Force Base and Lompoc

The coastal route between northern and southern California runs through the Salinas Valley

 thumbnail - Freight train near Gonzales in the Salinas Valley

Freight train near Gonzales in the Salinas Valley

near Gonzales, California

February 25, 2006
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Salinas Valley

Santa Margarita was originally a railroad town at the north base of Cuesta Pass

 thumbnail - The old railroad town of Santa Margarita, north of Cuesta Pass

The old railroad town of Santa Margarita, north of Cuesta Pass

Santa Margarita, California

February 25, 2006
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Upper Salinas Valley

Cuesta Pass is the major summit along the coastal railroad route

 thumbnail - The Cuesta Grade on Highway 101 north of San Luis Obispo

The Cuesta Grade on Highway 101 north of San Luis Obispo

north of San Luis Obispo, California

February 25, 2006
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Cuesta Pass Over the Santa Lucia Range

The old Southern Pacific station in Modesto is still a transit hub

 thumbnail - The Southern Pacific station and the Modesto Transportation Center

Modesto, California

July 9, 2005
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Stanislaus County

Beautifully restored Corcoran Depot in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley

 thumbnail - The railway depot in Corcoran

The railway depot in Corcoran

, California

April 4, 2000
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Kings County

Displays about the Yosemite Valley Railway at the museum in El Portal

 thumbnail - Turntable from the Yosemite Valley Railway Company, locomotive from Hetch Hetchy, El Portal

, California

July 10, 2005
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Whistling Billy locomotive in Coulterville

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The narrow gauge locomotive "Whistling Billy" that hauled ore from mine to mill in Coulterville, now honorably retired under the Hangman's Tree at the foot of Main Street

Coulterville, California

July 18, 2012
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Coulterville

The famous Tehachapi Loop

 thumbnail - The Tehachapi Loop railroad grade

The Tehachapi Loop was built in 1876 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The track gains 77 feet (23 meters) as it loops over itself.

Tehachapi Loop on the Union Pacific Tehachapi Pass line, near Keene, California

April 16, 2014
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