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Sierra Northern Railway officials yesterday announced the company has moved its Ventura Division headquarters to Santa Paula, California, from nearby Fillmore.
The division is now located in the former Santa Paula Hay and Grain facility. The move enables the short line to expand its facilities in anticipation of future operations, including passenger excursions, movie and television shoots, freight and transload services and RailBike rentals, Sierra Northern officials said in a press release. The railroad still plans to maintain a presence in Fillmore.
The former hay and grain facility’s 4,000-square-foot shop and 1.5-acre yard are excellent fits for the railroad’s needs, said Matt Blackburn, the Ventura Division’s manager. “We are eager to get started in Santa Paula. The city has been welcoming and gracious, and we are looking forward to having a permanent home for our operations,” he said.
Sierra Northern leases 30 miles of right of way from the Ventura County Transportation Commission on a 35-year contract. The line extends from Ventura in the west to Piru in the east and has been a common shooting location for film and TV productions. The short line also operates 100 miles of track in Northern California.