A journal about touring the line
before all the tracks were gone
June 12, 2003: According to our local newspaper here in Klamath Falls, Union Pacific is pulling up the tracks on the ex-SP Modoc line. They will leave 7 miles of track south of Alturas for surplus car storage, the remainder is being removed by a contractor.
Not wanting to miss a chance to take some pictures while some trackage remains, I left work early to check on track removal progress on the Modoc line south of Alturas, CA.
Several existing sidings south of Klamath Falls were filled with stored freight cars. At Alturas, the yard was full, and several cars stood at odd angles at the south end of the yard, derailed and almost capsized.
Without counting them, I would say that there are well over 100 freight cars stored on the ten or so existing miles south of Alturas, with reporting marks from many of the railroads absorbed by UP. Double door boxcars, centerbeam flats, covered hoppers, gondolas and flats; nothing really old.
At a location shown on the map as Bayley (approx. N41° 17.260 W120° 32.327), the tracks ended adjacent to a livestock loading pen.