|Aerial photograph of the main Watsonville Depot freight area, 1935.|
Central Supply at left. (UC Santa Cruz Aerial Photograph Collection)
|Aerial photograph of Bud Antle's operation, 1954.|
(UCSC Aerial Photograph Collection)
|Aerial photograph of the Harris Pine Mills and Bud Antle properties, 1969. (UCSC Aerial Photograph Collection)|
|Couch Distributing facility, 2016. Spur at right.|
(Google Maps Satellite View)
Across the freeway to the south, two final spurs mark the absolutely southern (or northbound) terminus of the Watsonville freight area. Breaking off from the mainline at Lee Road and curving north to parallel State Route 1, the spur was installed after 1973 and caters to Couch Distributing Company, primarily an alcohol distributor. Although the company does not appear to use its spur currently, it remains useable and runs behind the main storage structures alongside a long loading platform.
|Del Mar Foods facility, with track running down|
middle of photograph. (Google Maps)
Official Railroad Information:
Since none of these places were formal Southern Pacific or Union Pacific Railroad stops, the only official information related to them comes from SPINS produced in 1973, 1998, and 2003. Most of the information above comes from these sources.
Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
From 36.907˚N, 121.768˚W to 36.899˚N, 121.779˚W
This stretch of right-of-way runs from the Granite Construction site across and slightly to the west of Harvest Drive all the way to Lee Road, excluding the long spur that runs across West Beach Road. The entire right-of-way is publicly owned by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and is leased to the Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway. In other words, no trespassing is allowed. Parts of the track can be viewed from Ohlone Parkway, State Route 1, and Lee Road. The private spurs in question currently cater to A.L. Lease Company—Wholesale Plumbing Supplies (track is now removed and paved over), Sambrailo (track is spiked and mostly buried), Big Creek Lumber, Couch Distributing (accessible from Lee Road), and Del Mar Food Products Corporation. Access to any of these facilities must be provided by the companies in question.
Citations & Credits:
- "MBA History". Monterey Bay Academy Alumni, 2007.
- Pepper, George. Personal correspondence.
- Southern Pacific Railroad, SPINS "Watsonville", 1973. California State Railroad Museum.
- Union Pacific Railroad, SPINS 1998, 2003.