News Photo: Sierra Northern operates trial passenger train in Southern California

A short trip is the prelude to excursion operations

A test passenger train runs through the Ventura Division of Sierra Northern on Thursday, May 5, 2022. (David Lustig)

FILLMORE, Calif. – Hot on the heels of a successful freight photo train on April 22, Sierra Northern Railway’s Ventura Division operated a second train, this time with seven streamlined passenger cars between Fillmore and Santa Paula on Thursday, May 5 . The train was stopped several times for the railroad’s photographer. The train was important for the crew on board to continue to familiarize themselves with operating trains on many newly renovated sections of the right-of-way. Sierra Northern Railway leases the line, which is owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

The railroad plans to bring additional rolling stock to the property to accommodate new freight customers and possibly excursion passenger trains, as well as provide equipment for film, television and commercial productions, such as the did former operator Fillmore & Western.

The Sierra Northern Railway was formed in August 2003 by the merger of two Northern California shortline railroads: the Sierra Railroad Company and the Yolo Short Line Railroad. They currently operate approximately 100 miles of track in Northern California and 30 miles of track in the Santa Clara River Valley in Southern California.

Jose P. Rogers