Carrizo Gorge Railway

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Carrizo Gorge Railway
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Reporting markCZRY
LocaleImperial Valley-San Diego, California
Dates of operation2004–present
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
HeadquartersEl Cajon, California
Websitecarrizogorgerailway.com
 
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Carrizo Gorge Railway
Logo
Reporting markCZRY
LocaleImperial Valley-San Diego, California
Dates of operation2004–present
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
HeadquartersEl Cajon, California
Websitecarrizogorgerailway.com

The Carrizo Gorge Railway (reporting mark CZRY) is a freight operator on the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway from Tijuana, Mexico to Plaster City, California (Desert Line), San Diego, California to La Mesa, California (Orange Line) and San Diego, California to Santee, California (Green Line). The other freight operator on the SD&AE, the San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad, did not want to invest the $5.5 million necessary to repair the collapsed tunnels and bridges in the Carrizo Gorge.

Photo of San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway trestle in Carrizo Gorge.

The owners of CZRY, however, believed that the investment would be worthwhile and negotiated trackage rights on the line. The agreement required a fee of 6.9% of the gross revenues from any freight on the SD&AE's Desert Line to Plaster City and $200 per car on any car that would have been brought by the SD&IV to the Coast Line.

Carrizo Gorge and Goat Canyon Trestle - Photograph by Patty Mooney

Sand hauling is the primary business for the CZRY. The sand is used in making ready-mixed concrete for the construction markets in San Diego County. There is also minor traffic of other goods between the U.S. and Mexico. Rail car storage is another revenue source.

Motive power

Usually, you can see a Union Pacific engine pulling a freight. This is because CZRY closely switches with the main Union Pacific line at Plaster City and El Centro.

Additional information regarding the Carrizo Gorge Railway locomotive roster can be found at TrainWeb.org

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