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McCloud River Railroad, McCloud Railway Company, McCloud River Lumber Company- McCloud Rails Home Page

Updated 12 August 2018- Index to Recent Updates
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 these or associated companies.

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New image for August 2018...between 1970 and 1992, the Ahnapee & Western Railroad in Wisconsin existed as a division of the McCloud River Railroad, as evidenced by the variation of the MR orange and white paint applied to A&W's pair of GE 70-ton diesels. McCloud River contracted A&W operations to the Green Bay & Western Railroad in 1972; the whole story can be found on a new page added to this website earlier this summer. Jeff Moore collection.

Links To The Pages

News- Developments and happenings related to the McCloud railroads.


History of railroading in McCloud in eight pages.

Locomotive Roster- Complete list of McCloud locomotives, including notes and photographs.

Equipment Roster- Rolling stock owned or leased by the McCloud railroads.

Passenger Operations- From original passenger trains to modern excursions.

Freight Operations- How the McCloud railroads moved freight.

Along the line- Descriptions, maps, and photos of each segment of the line, including station points.

McCloud River Lumber Company- Overview of "Mother McCloud", focusing on its railroad operations.

McCloud Customers- Profiles of the various shippers that sustained the railroad over time.

Subsidiaries and Affiliated Operations- Companies owned by or otherwise affiliated with the McCloud River Railroad.

Miscellaneous- The section of the site for things that don't fit anywhere else.

Heritage Junction- McCloud's hometown museum, source of a lot of information and photos.

McCloud Rails in Print- Books and magazine articles I've written.

McCloud Models Homepage- McCloud railroading in miniature.


Links Page

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McCloud Rails staff has created a Yahoo! discussion group for the McCloud railroads. Click on the button to join the group. To control spam, all memberships to require approval.

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, questions, and contributions of material are always welcome. This website was created by Jeff Moore.

Also be sure to visit our sister site, High Desert Rails.