Lake Railway


In 2006, Lake County government contracted with Modoc Northern Railroad for railroad operations.  Modoc Northern's lease was terminated in 2009, and was replaced by a lease to Frontier Rail, which established the Lake Railway as their operational unit.

Subsequently, Union Pacific leased operation of their tracks between Alturas and an interchange with UP at Perez, California to Lake Railway.

These photos were taken when the railroad was operated as Lake Railway by Frontier Rail.


A Lake Railway locomotive pulls a train of perlite-filled covered hoppers to the UP interchange at Perez, CaliforniaIn the early days of Lake Railway, locomotive 2809 pulls a string of perlite-filled covered hoppers to the UP interchange at Perez, California, followed by the company's hirail pickup.
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Lake Railway's hirail truck at Perez


Westbound LRY train passes Hackamore ReservoirWestbound LRY train passes Hackamore Reservoir
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Westbound between Mears and PerezWestbound between Mears and Perez
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Arriving at PerezArriving at Perez

 LRY 2809Alhough it appears that LRY 2809 is in the sagebrush, it's just an optical illusion as the brush is in the foreground!

 Lake Railway Logo

 Pulling into Perez to interchange with Union PacificPulling into Perez to interchange with Union Pacific

Frontier Rail and Lake County had a falling out in 2016, and by the end of 2017 the county had replaced Frontier with operations by newly-formed Goose Lake Railway, managed by Nexxt Logistics.


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