Bakersfield to Fresno

The line segment is divided into the following subdivisions:

·        UP Fresno Subdivision from North Bakersfield  to Fresno (Calwa) (and Elvas)

From Kern Junction (MP 313.6 on the UP Mojave subdivision), the Double Track Automatic Block Signaled line continues west-northwest with a line speed of 25 mph, the Bakersfield Yard and locomotive facilities on the north side of the line and Sumner Street alongside to the south, passing under the Beale Avenue road bridge, and then the ex-SP Bakersfield depot (MP 312.9) on the south side of the line, crossing Baker Street at grade, as the speed limit rises to 50 mph and there are extra tracks on the north side of the line, passing under the Union Avenue road bridge,, with Golden State Avenue coming alongside on the south, then under the Route 178 road bridge, crossing Q Street and then the intersection of 30th and M Streets at grade, angling northwest, and crossing above Chester Avenue on a concrete bridge.

At North Bakersfield (MP 310.8), the line reduces to single track, with CTC, and the speed limit rises to 60 mph. Golden State Avenue has become Route 204, as both the highway and the railroad cross over the Kern River and adjacent canals on their respective bridges. The line continues, bridging over divided Airport Drive, past intermediate signals at MP 309.5, and the Bakersfield Cotton Warehouse on the south side of the line, to Oil Junction (MP 308.6), where a line coming north from the BNSF, and operated by the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, trails in from the south, with Roberts Lane alongside to the north. The main line crosses Olive Drive at grade (MP 308.9), and there is a wye junction (still at Oil Junction, MP 308.6) with the SJVR-operated line east that once went to Oil City, still with Roberts Lane alongside to the north. The main line then passes under the Highway 99 concrete bridges, as Morris Avenue along the north side of the wye becomes Golden State Highway along the north side of the line between the wye and CA 99. The Branch Warehouse Corporation's huge facility lies on the south side of the line, there are intermediate signals and a detector at MP 307.7, a grade crossing at Snow Road, additional tracks on the south side of the line with signals governing their entry to the main line, serving the Schlumberger oil facility and facilities for loading oil tank cars

Now out of  the Bakersfield built-up area, the line passes the south end of the 8,350 ft. east side siding at Saco  (MP 306.3), crosses Seventh Standard Road at grade (MP 306.0), with road bridge under construction in October, 2008, passes the Halliburton Services oil facilities on the west side of the line, with extra track on the west side, and passes the north end of Saco (MP 304.6), as the road alongside disappears into Highway 99, and continues with Highway 99 on its north side, past Prospero. There is a bridge over a canal, intermediate signals at MP 302.4 and MP 301.5,  there is a garlic company on the west side as Zerker Road comes alongside to the west before Lerdo (MP 300.5, el. 415 ft.), where there are additional tracks serving the Elk Roofing Company's Shafter Plant and another plant across the road to the southwest, the line passes beneath the Lerdo Highway overbridge and passes the 8,330 ft. west side siding at Cawelo (MP 299.3-297.6), immediately after which the line turns north and passes beneath the Merced Avenue overbridge, passes intermediate signals at Slater (MP 295.9), with additional tracks on the west side, and passes beneath the Kimberlina Road overbridge. There is a dead-end road alongside to the east, intermediate signals and a detector at MP 294.5. CA 99 crosses overhead on two separate curving concrete bridges, to run along the west side of the line. There is a spur on the east side to a shuttle-enabled destination silo facility, and old water tank on the east side of the line, the grade crossing at SR 46 (Famoso Woody Road), the south end of the 8,350 ft. east side siding at Famoso (MP 292.3, el. 422 ft.), and a bridge over Paso Creek.

A branch line to Porterville, now operated by the SJVR, heads off to the north-northeast, crossing Phillips Road (which does not cross the main line), and the line passes the north end of Famoso (MP 290.7), a bridge over the Friant-Kern Canal, and Cabernet (MP 290.3), where there is a spur, passes beneath the Whister Road overbridge, there was a former detector at MP 288.7, the line passes the west end of Hanawalt Avenue, passes under Sherwood Avenue, a pedestrian bridge, and Perkins Road, all three in McFarland, under Elmo Highway, passes intermediate signals at Vinland (MP 285.3), passes beneath the Pond Road overbridge, passes the 8,350 ft. east side siding (25 mph on the siding) at Delfar (MP 284.0-282.3), crosses Woollomes Avenue at grade, crosses Garces Avenue at grade (MP 281.2), and there is a street alongside to the east and the west at Delano (MP 280.7, el. 284 ft.), which has a cantilever signal bridge and once had a large SP depot on the west side of the line that was a landmark on the drive north on CA 99, the line crosses ??, 13th Avenue, and Cecil Avenue at grade, with the street still alongside to the east, Highway 99 bridges over both on two concrete bridges, the line crosses County Line Road at grade, as Highway 99 comes alongside to the east again, passes Radnor, crosses Avenue 16 at grade, passes a detector at MP 277.2 and intermediate signals at MP 277.1, crosses Avenue 24 at grade, bridges over the White River, passes the east end of a segment of Avenue 40, and passes the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Earlimart (MP 274.6-272.9, el 290 ft.). Sandrini Sales has formerly rail-connected lineside buildings just north of the north end of the siding.

The line crosses W. Washington Avenue and Sierra Highway/Avenue 56 at grade in Earlimart, passes intermediate signals at MP 271.9, bridges over Deer Creek, and continues past a detector at MP 267.7, crossing Avenue 72 at grade, passing intermediate signals at MP 269.4, crossing Avenue 80, Avenue 96 and E. Davis Avenue at grade, passing Pixley (MP 266.8), with additional tracks on the west side, passing the J.D. Heiskell Company's lineside facilities on the west side of the line, passing a shuttle-enabled destination grain company with two switching locomotives on the west side of the line, passing signals just south of the Avenue 120 overbridge, and more signals controlling a spur that trails in from the southwest at the plant on the northwest corner of the Avenue 120 overbridge.

The line then passes Quail and the end of a segment of Avenue 128, crossing Avenue 144 (SR 190), passing the 8,350 ft. east side siding at Tipton (MP 262.8-261.1), with a street alongside to the east, and crossing Poplar Avenue (MP 260.9), just north of the north end of the siding, and Avenue 152 (Klindora Avenue) as Highway 99 moves further away to the east. A road (Road 112) now follows alongside to the west, as the line passes intermediate signals at MP 260.1, a grade crossing at Olive Avenue (MP 259.9), with a lineside industry in the southeast corner, intermediate signals at MP 258.6, a bridge over drainage, and a former detector at MP 258.2, crosses two bridges over the South Branch and then a bridge over the North Branch of the Tule River, passes intermediate signals at MP 255.9, crosses Avenue 184, passes a spur at Octal and a detector at MP 253.3, crosses a bridge over the Elk River, passes two private grade crossings, a grade crossing at Rankin Avenue, intermediate signals at MP 253.5, and a grade crossing at Paige Avenue (Avenue 216), MP 251.7, as the road alongside to the west becomes I Street, Tulare. The line crosses Bardsley Avenue as the street alongside to the west comes to an end and there is rail-served lineside industry on the northwest side (with six tracks to shuttle-enabled destination silos on the west side of the line), there is a hold Signal at Tulare (MP 251.1), and the line crosses Inyo Avenue, as J Street comes alongside to the east, Kern Avenue, Tulare Avenue, and San Joaquin Avenue.

There are additional tracks at MP 250.0, the former location of Tulare Crossing, a flat crossing with the former ATSF Visalia branch from Corcoran, most recently owned by the Tulare Valley Railroad, and the line crosses Cross Avenue (with the south-facing signals for the south end of the siding to the south of the crossing) and passes the 8,250 ft. west side Tulare Siding (MP 249.6-247.9), with J Street still alongside to the east. The line crosses Prosperity Avenue and Cartmill Avenue (MP 247.90), and angles north-northwest past Intermediate Signals, as CA 99 comes alongside to the east again, passing beneath Avenue 260/264, where a stub-end road runs alongside to the west, and passing Tagus (MP 245.6), with additional tracks, immediately north of that bridge, bridging Packwood Creek, and passing the east end of a segment of Avenue 272. Passing Midvalley, the line bridges a stream, passes Intermediate Signals and then beneath Avenue 280, bridges two more streams, passes the east end of a segment of Avenue 288, passes beneath both sets of lanes of CA 99, with the south connector to SR 198 alongside to the east and SR 99 now alongside to the west, passes beneath the eastbound (a concrete bridge) and then the westbound lanes (a through girder bridge) of SR 198, and then under the north connector to SR 198, as a street comes alongside to the east.

The line crosses Avenue 304  to South Goshen (MP 239.7), where the line speed rises to 70 mph and the branch from Visalia and Exeter, now operated by the SJVR, trails in from the east, with a street alongside to the west. There is a 12,180 ft. siding north from South Goshen, crossing Elder Avenue, with crossovers at Goshen Junction (MP 238.7), where there is a wye junction with the branch west to Hanford, now operated by the SJVR, to North Goshen (MP 237.3). Highway 99 is now alongside to the west again. The line passes under Avenue 328,  there are Intermediate Signals at MP 235.9, a detector at MP 235.1, the line bridges the East and West Branches of Cross Creek, there are Intermediate Signals at MP 232.9, is an 8,300 ft. siding at Traver (MP 232.9-231.2), with shuttle-enabled destination grain silos on the east side of the line, the Merit Drive road crossing at the freeway exit, the line crosses Avenue 368 at grade (MP 230.8), passes Intermediate Signals at MP 229.6, at the west end of a segment of Avenue 376, and crosses Avenue 384 at grade before it makes  a jog west-northwest across the Kings River on a deck girder bridge (immediately on the northeast side of CA 99), after which the line takes up a northwesterly course, past a Hold Signal at MP 227.3, where there is a spur track on the east side into the Nutrius plant food company, with many large silos, beneath the 18th Avenue concrete bridge, past Kingsburg (MP 225.6), where the depot is on the northeast side of the line, with additional tracks and Simpson Street alongside to the west, across Draper Street (MP 225.5) and Sierra Street (SR 201), MP 225.0, at grade, and then across Stroud Avenue and Bethel Avenue.

Golden State Boulevard replaces Simpson Street alongside the line to the west, on the east side of SR 99. There is a detector at MP 224.4 (with a very short section of 60 mph speed limit), the line crosses Bethel Avenue, passes the south end of the 8,350 ft. east side siding at Sunmaid (MP 223.9), and crosses Kamm and Mountain View Avenues at grade, with a Sunmaid Raisins facility on the east side between them, passes the north end of Sunmaid (MP 222.3), crosses Saginaw Avenue at grade, with Selma Cold Storage alongside to the east, and passes Intermediate Signals at Selma, MP 221.4, with Sunmaid Raisins alongside to the east. The line crosses (at grade) Park Street, 3rd Street (where Front Street is alongside to the west), 2nd Street, 1st Street, North Street (where the crossing is closed, in March 2006), Wright Street, (MP 220.4), Thompson Avenue and Floral Avenue (MP 291.9), where Front Street ends as Golden State Boulevard rejoins as a divided highway on the west side, crosses Highland Avenue (MP 219.3), Dinuba Avenue (MP 218.8), passes a former detector at MP 218.3 and an irrigation canal, crosses De Wolf Avenue and Manning Avenue (MP 217.2) at grade (with lineside industry—Lion Raisins and York grain on the east side, with multiple extra tracks on that side), and passes the south end of the 8,350 ft. east side siding at Goble (MP 217.1), After crossing Temperance Avenue (MP 216.3), Kirby Canal, and South Avenue (MP 215.8), passing the north end of the Goble siding (MP 215.4), crossing Vine Street (MP 215.2) and Merced Avenue, the line passes Fowler (MP 215.1), with additional tracks, crosses Mariposa Avenue, Adams Avenue, passes Intermediate Signals at MP 213.8 and Clayton Avenue (MP 213.8), passes beneath the Clovis Avenue (a divided highway) bridge and crosses Jefferson Avenue (no gates), passes Intermediate Signals at MP 212.4 and  a detector at MP 212.3, and crosses American Avenue (MP 211.8).

The line continues across an irrigation canal, a grade crossing at South Willow Avenue (MP 211.1), past Intermediate Signals at Malaga (MP 210.4), with additional tracks, and a grade crossing at East Central Avenue, with Golden State Boulevard still alongside to the west, passing beneath the South Chestnut Avenue bridge, crossing another irrigation canal, and East North Avenue, immediately south of Calwa Xing (MP 209.1), with a 30 mph speed limit, where the double track BNSF crosses from south to north, with a grade crossing immediately to its north. South Railroad Avenue comes alongside to the west, the number of tracks increases to Double Track, ABS, and the speed limit rises to 40 mph at Intermediate Signals at Calwa (MP 208.3), which has a connector to the BNSF Calwa Yard.

East Jensen Avenue bridges overhead, there is a street alongside to the west and three yard tracks to the east, Church Avenue and South Van Ness Avenue cross at grade, with MP 207 between them, and  an SJVR-operated branch from Reedley and Exeter (via Sunmaid Crossing) trails in from the east at Fresno (MP 205.5), where the depot used to be on the east side of the line and there are yard tracks on the east side of the line with a connection  to industrial spurs on the east side of the line, a grade crossing, and a street alongside to the west. SR 41 and some connecting ramps bridge overhead (four bridges total), there are two extra tracks on the east side, Ventura Avenue, Mono Street, Kern Street, and Tulare Street cross at grade, the line bridges over Fresno Street, Tuolumne Street and Stanislaus Street bridge overhead, G Street runs on the west side and H Street runs on the east side. a spur trails in on the east side, there is a grade crossing, SR 180 bridges overhead as the south leg of the wye to the former SP West Side Line that now goes only to Mendota and Firebaugh, operated by the SJVR departs to the west. The line bridges over the Houghton Canal, there is extra track on the east side, the north leg of the wye trails in from the west, the line bridges over East Belmont Avenue, Motel Drive is now alongside to the west and North Weber Avenue to the east, there are Intermediate Signals, the line crosses East Olive Avenue and West McKinley Avenues at grade, and West Clinton Avenue bridges overhead as the ex-SP Fresno Yard, also on the east side of the line, starts at the signals at MP 200.9 and SR 99 comes alongside to the west again.

Fresno to Lathrop

The line segment is divided into the following subdivisions:

·        UP Fresno Subdivision from (North Bakersfield and) Fresno (Calwa) to North Lathrop (and Elvas)

From the ten to twelve track Fresno Yard, the six track, and then narrowing, line continues northwest, past Muscatel, a hold signal at Biola (MP 199.3), where the two tracks become Two Main Tracks, CTC, with a minor street alongside to the west, West Ashland Avenue bridging overhead, with North Golden State Boulevard coming alongside to the west north of that street, and then crossing West Shaw Avenue at grade, bridging Herndon Canal, crossing North Carnegie Avenue and West Herndon Avenue, where North Golden State Boulevard ends.

The line continues past Intermediate Signals at Biola Junction (MP 197.2), where the line becomes single track, CTC, the speed limit rises to 60 mph, and an SP branch used to head west, and then coming alongside SR 99 on the west side of the line, again, past a deck girder bridge over the San Joaquin River at the Intermediate Signals at Herndon, a road bridge overhead, a detector at MP 193.6, a road bridge overhead (Avenue 9), the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Irrigosa (MP 191.0-189.3), a detector? at MP187.0, a bridge over a culvert, a road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals at Borden, a bridge over a river, Avenue 12 bridging overhead, a bridge over drainage, a hold signal at South Madera (MP 185.0), SR 99 moving away on the west side, a street alongside to the west, additional tracks at Madera (MP 183.9), five grade crossings in town, the Madera Winery Spur on the west side at North Madera (MP 183.1), where there is also a Hold Signal, a grade crossing in town, the street alongside to the west ending and SR 99 returning, a deck girder bridge over the Fresno River, Intermediate Signals, an angled road bridge overhead, a bridge over drainage, and the 8,410 ft. siding at Notarb (MP 179.7-178.0), with a spur to silos on the east side, a bridge voer drainage, and an angled road bridge overhead, all within the siding.

At the Intermediate Signals at Berenda, an SP branch to Knowles and Raymond once headed east. There is a grade crossing at the detector at MP 176.3, rail-served silos to the west, a road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals at Fairmead, an under-construction road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, SR 99 alongside to the west, a bridge over an angled road, an angled road bridge overhead (SR 99), an angled grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at a former detector at MP 173.1, a rail-served industry to the west, an angled grade crossing, a grade crossing south of the 8,300 ft. west side siding at Chowchilla (MP 169.8-168.0), where the line speed rises to 70 mph, with a spur trailing in on the west side, SR 99 across fields to the east, and a spur on the west side within the siding, a grade crossing just north of the siding, a bridge over an arroyo, Intermediate Signals, a grade crossing, Minturn (MP 165.9), a bridge over an arroyo, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, Sierra Vista, SR 99 to the east, Labranza, and a dirt track to the west.

There is a detector at MP 161.2, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at Athlone (MP 160.5), the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Lingard (MP 158.0-156.3), with a dirt track grade crossing within the siding, among the cotton fields, two bridges over drainage, Intermediate Signals at ~MP 155, SR 99 alongside to the east, a bridge over drainage, a grade crossing, a former detector at MP 152.5, a road bridge overhead, a dirt track grade crossing, and Intermediate Signals at Creegan, the line turns west northwest, there is a road bridge overhead, a Hold Signal at South Merced (MP 151.4), a grade crossing, dual road bridges for SR 99 overhead, a grade crossing, the Merced Industrial Lead (MP 150.1), where the Yosemite Valley railroad once headed north (i.e., on the east side), four grade crossings in Merced (el. 178 ft.), and a Hold Signal at North Merced (MP 149.3), where the SP "East Valley Line" once headed north (i.e., on the east side).

The line continues past a grade crossing in Merced, a bridge over a river, a dirt track grade crossing, dual road bridges for SR 99 overhead, a grade crossing, then a road to the west, a bridge over a river, the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Fergus (MP 147.9-146.3), with a road bridge overhead within the siding, SR 99 on the east side, a road bridge overhead, a bridge over drainage, a street alongside to the west, a detector at MP 144.7, angled dual road bridges overhead for SR 99, a grade crossing, Atwater (MP 143.2), where there are additional tracks, a grade crossing, a bridge over drainage, a detector? at MP 142.5, dual angled road bridges overhead (SR 99), a grade crossing, a grade crossing just south of the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Arena (MP 140.6-138.9), a road bridge for SR 99 overhead, a street alongside to the west, a bridge over irrigation, a road bridge overhead, an angled bridge over SR 99, an angled bridge over a road, and a grade crossing..

There is a deck girder bridge across the Merced River at Livingston (MP 134.6), the line turns northwest again, there is a grade crossing, spurs to silos on the east side, a grade crossing, a detector at MP 132.5, a grade crossing, a spur for shuttle-enabled destination grain elevators at Delhi (MP 131.9), a road bridge overhead, SR 99 alongside to the west, a grade crossing, the 8,350 ft. east side siding at Alcant (MP 130.4-128.7), with two grade crossings in the siding, an angled road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, spur to silos on the west side, three grade crossings in town, extra tracks for shuttle-enabled destination grain elevators  at Turlock (MP 126.2), a street alongside to the west, two grade crossings in town, a grade crossing with a divided street, a highway alongside to the west, an angled grade crossing, a grade crossing, a Hold Signal called Turlock at MP 125.0, dual road bridges overhead, a grade crossing, and a detector at MP 121.1.

The line continues northwest past a spur on the west side at Keyes (MP 120.8) for AC Gilbert, four track on the west side, the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Ceres (MP 118.9-117.2), with a road bridge overhead, a spur to silos on the west side trailing in, and a road bridge overhead, all within the siding, a road bridge overhead, a highway alongside to the east , a road to the west, a road bridge overhead, a street alongside to the east, a grade crossing, and dual road bridges overhead right at Modesto Junction (MP 114.7), where the former Tidewater Southern line to Turlock heads south, i.e. on the west side (and once, also, headed north, i.e. on the east side, with a flat crossing instead of a junction).

There is a deck girder bridge over ??, with a concrete road bridge alongside to the west, a grade crossing with B Street, additional tracks at East Modesto (MP 113.1), two grade crossings, a grade crossing at I Street, I Street (MP 113.0), where the speed limit falls to 40 mph and the Modesto & Empire Traction line heads east, a grade crossing at K Street, Modesto (MP 112.9), extra tracks on the west side at  South Modesto (MP 112.6), start of the 4,192 ft. east side siding past a road bridge overhead and a spur trailing in, to Woodland (MP 111.6), where that siding ends, there are spurs on the west side, and a grade crossing, and a 6,236 ft. west side siding to North Modesto (MP 110.3) starts, with a highway bridge overhead and a road bridge overhead within the siding, a divded highway alongside to the east in town, and a road alongside to the west..

The speed limit rises again to 70 mph, past a road bridge overhead and a bridge over irrigation, the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Covell (MP 108.7-107.0), with a grade crossing and a spur heading away west within the siding, Salida (MP 106.4), which has additional tracks, a bridge over irrigation, a grade crossing with a divided street, a grade crossing, a bridge over irrigation, a road bridge overhead, a bridge over the Stanislaus River, Ripon (MP 103.3), where there is a spur and the line turns west-northwest, with a footbridge overhead, a road bridge overhead, and a road bridge at the detector at MP 102.3, all in town, a road alongside to the west, a road alongside to the east, a grade crossing, the 8,350 ft. west side siding at Calla (MP 99.4-97.7), with an angled grade crossing within the siding, dual road bridges overhead, a grade crossing with a divided road, a grade crossing, Manteca (MP 96.8), where there are additional tracks, two angled grade crossings, two grade crossings, and an angled grade crossing, all with housing on both sides, and a detector? at MP 95.5.

The line turns west to Palm (MP 94.1), where an east to south connector to the former WP main line once headed southwest, the flat crossing with the ex-WP line at Hicks (MP 93.9), with an east  and a west quadrant connector, where the speed limit is 30 mph, and Pacific (MP 93.5), where the speed limit is 25 mph and the line splits into connectors south to West Lathrop and north to North Lathrop, past a grade crossing with a north-south street within the wye, and a grade crossing with an east-west street, north of the wye but south of the switch..

North Lathrop (MP 92.9) is the point at which the line coming north from Bakersfield and Fresno (which is heading west at this point) meets the line coming east from Martinez (which is heading north at this point) at a wye junction, from which it continues northward, initially as Double Track (DT) Automatic Block Signals (ABS) with a speed limit of 70 mph.