Author Statement

This website is a constant work-in-progress, with articles updated regularly throughout the site. Much of the information comes from local railroad fans such as yourselves. If you have information regarding local railroads, photographs or railroad documents, or you feel a mistake has been made or information omitted from an article, leave a comment on the appropriate page or email me at This site would not be possible without your help and support. Thank you! – Derek R. Whaley


Mobile Ranger:
The Railroads of Santa Cruz County: From Blog to Book (10/29/2013, by Derek R. Whaley)

Meehan Siding, a Forgotten Piece of Zayante's History (07/10/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Gibbs Ranch Resort and Zayante's Lost Post Office (07/31/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Breeding Trout in the Middle of the Redwoods (08/28/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Big Trees Station: Two Resorts for the Price of One Stop (09/04/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Inspiration Point, or the Legend of Coon Gulch (09/25/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Laurel: Frederick Hihn's Little Mountain Town (10/30/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Bonny Brae: One Hundred Years of Adventure (11/20/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Tales of Gold Gulch and Forest Lakes (12/18/2014, by Derek R. Whaley)
Filbert and the Ghost of Joseph Peery (01/29/2015, by Derek R. Whaley)
Local Historian Explores the Railroading Past of Santa Cruz County (04/02/2015, by Joe Shreve)
Glen Arbor: A Retreat for the Bay Area Elite (04/09/2015, by Derek R. Whaley)

Santa Cruz Good Times-Weekly:
Why isn't there a train to San Jose? (04/18/2018, by Hugh McCormick)

Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Coast Line: Rail Historian Derek Whaley to Speak Nov. 19 in Felton (11/18/2017, notice)

Los Gatos Weekly-Times:
Abandoned Railroad Tunnels Tell Tale of Town Shift: Author Talk Next Week (01/05/2018, by Judy Peterson)

Santa Cruz Trains Quarterly Bulletin:
Volume 1:
Issue 1 (Jan-Mar 2015)
Issue 2 (Apr-Jun 2015)
Issue 3 (Jul-Sep 2015)
Issue 4 (Oct-Dec 2015)

Volume 2:
Issue 1 (Jan-Mar 2016)
Issue 2 (Apr-Jun 2016)
Issue 3 (Jul-Sep 2016)
Issue 4 (Oct-Dec 2016)