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The Canyon Division represents the competing routes of the Western Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads connecting Oakland via Niles Canyon to the Central Valley and points east over the Altamont Pass. The WP route carried the famous California Zephyr passenger train to and from Chicago. The inaugural run was on March 20, 1949. San Francisco passengers took the 9:30 a.m. ferry to Oakland, boarding the Zephyr at the 3rd St.Depot. The last run terminated in Oakland on March 22, 1970.

Niles Canyon SP Westbound

Trackplan and Schematic


At A Glance

Locale: Oakland-Niles-Altamont Pass-Elvas
Prototype: Single track SP and single track WP
Size: 15 ft by 60 ft multiple peninsulas
Style: Walk-around
Height: 60" to 92"
Max grade: 1.5%
Control cabs: 4 mainline radio, 4 industry tethered
Yards: none


Magnolia Jct. WP Westbound Newark Newark SP Westbound Newark Station Carpenter Station Niles Junction WP Eastbound Niles WP Zephyr Westbound Niles Canyon SP Westbound Buildings sprout up at our new town of Pleasanton in background (under construction) Click to view details of the models Hearst (under construction) Lonestar Quarry. East Pleasanton Valley Powderworks, East Pleasanton Green Tortoise Motors, Radum Lincoln MP Eastbound Livermore SP Westbound Livermore Altamont SP Westbound Altamont Pass WP Eastbound Tracy Station Tracy Heinz Foods, Tracy Holly Sugar, Tracy Slaughterhouse #5, Tracy Port of Stockton


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