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Updated 22 May 2016

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Jeff Forbis, then president of the McCloud River Railroad, at work at his desk. Jeff and his family went on to purchase the railroad's operating assetts a few years after this picture, operating them as the McCloud Railway. Jeff passed away on May 13th. Wayne I. Monger

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The northeastern corner of California is dominated by the 14,162’ tall peak of Mt. Shasta. Nestled on the southeastern flank of the mountain is the small former company town of McCloud. Since 1897 McCloud has been the base of operations for an independent shortline railroad company, originally known as the McCloud River Railroad Company. The McCloud River survived many ups and down for 95 years before disappearing at the end of June in 1992. The new McCloud Railway Company took over on 1 July of that year, and it has continued service over the line to the present day.

This website seeks to document the life and times of the rail lines owned and operated by three principle companies in the life of McCloud, the McCloud River Lumber Company, the McCloud River Railroad Company, and the McCloud Railway Company.This site is not sponsored by nor affiliated in any way with the McCloud River Railroad Company, the McCloud Railway Company, 4-Rails Inc., the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train, or any other affiliated organizations.

All photographs on this site are © Jeff Moore unless otherwise stated.  Please contact Jeff via e-mail if you wish to use any photos for any use. Comments and contributions of material are always welcome. This website was created by Jeff Moore.

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