Niles Canyon Railways (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Niles Canyon Railways (Images of Rail)

All aboard for this photographic journey through the uniquerailroad history of Niles Canyon, near the city of Fremont. Themelodic wail of the steam whistle first echoed off these canyonwalls in 1866 when the Western Pacific Railroad laid track intoNiles as part of a planned route from San Jose to Sacramento. Thatwas three years before the transcontinental route from Sacramentoto Omaha was completed in May 1869. Four months after the drivingof the Golden Spike that joined the eastern and western UnitedStates by rail, the connecting route from Sacramento to Oaklandthrough Niles Canyon was finished—the very last leg of a rail routethat truly joined the Atlantic to the Pacific waters for the firsttime.The association has gathered over 200 images and provideslearned commentary to document the canyon's historic railways, thefamous bandits and silent-era movie stars who once roamed there,and the unusual assortment of trains that makes up the presentNiles Canyon Railway.