Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Railroading


Retrace the railroad. Start by taking the Mountain Division (former South Pacific Coast RR & Santa Cruz & Felton RR) up from Santa Cruz to just south of Los Gatos (the original terminus) to the ghost towns of Alma and Lyndon. Unfortunately, there’s no view of these ghost towns as their sites lay beneath the Lexington resevoir. From here cut west to intersect the Felton & Pescadero Railroad at Boulder Creek. Take the Boulder Creek branch south through Ben Lomond and finally rejoining the Mountain Division at Felton, which of course returns to Santa Cruz. Rather than retrace this ground, scout out another route, east of the Mountain Line, and assess its suitbility for another narrow gauge line to compete with the entrenched tycoons.



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