Maps are an essential part of any historical location research. For close-up, customized maps of various stretches of track, check out these local maps with accompanying photographs:

Santa Cruz & College Park Branch:
Boulder Creek Branch:
Dougherty Extension Railroad
Davenport Branch & Ocean Shore Southern Division
Santa Cruz Branch:
  • Santa Cruz to Woods Lagoon
  • Twin Lakes to Capitola
  • New Brighton to Ellicott
  • Nuga to Watsonville Junction
Loma Prieta Branch and Environs
Coast Division Mainline:
  • Carnadero to Chittenden
  • Logan to Watsonville Junction
In addition, a custom Google Map has been created to collect all the local railroading data together in one place. This map charts the railroads of Santa Cruz County, as well as the route to Vasona Junction, the Monterey Branch, and the coastal portion of the Pajaro Valley Consolidated Railroad. It is a constant work-in-progress so should not be considered perfect or precise, but its information has been confirmed from visual evidence, railroad documents, and property surveys. The maps were generally designed using the property view rather than the topographical view, so slight variances between the two may apply. As always, please forward any errors, amendments, or additions to

This chart represents the mile marker locations of all railroad stops in Santa Cruz County, as well as stops along Los Gatos Creek, the Pajaro River, and on the route to Monterey and Pacific Grove. The sources for the information varies, with most of the Southern Pacific information derived from timetables dated to after 1912. The Pajaro Valley Consolidated Railroad information comes from the appendix to Rick Hamman & Horace Fabing's Steinbeck Country Narrow Gauge (1985). The Ocean Shore Railroad information is from Duncan Nanney and Henry Bender. Mile markers for the San Vicente Lumber Company line and the Dougherty Extension line are estimated based on Google Maps measurements, with data provided from my own research and GPS information by George Pepper.

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