If you live in Tracy or its outskirts, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the names of the several villages that rest at the city’s edges. You know, places like Tesla, Carbona, Banta, Lyoth, Kerlinger, Ludwig, and Rhodes.
Wait. You’re not familiar with all those names? Well, sure, Banta is fairly well known — there’s still something there — but what about Carbona?
You may actually drive past the “Carbona Curve” on occasion and not know that it’s there. In fact, if you ride an ACE train through Tracy to or from points east (such as Stockton or Manteca), then you’ve rolled through Carbona.
9 November / TracyRail / Comments Off on Chronicling The Old Southern Pacific Tracy-Altamont Right-of-Way
The original right-of-way leading into Tracy from the Bay Area via the Altamont Pass was built back in 1873 by the Central Pacific as part of the Transcontinental Railroad linking California with the East Coast.
Trains traveled in and out of Tracy from the railyards near downtown, along old Schulte Road through the original site of the Ellis coaling station, then curving up toward the foothills to Midway and Cayley, then on to the summit at Altamont.
Denise Ellen Rizzo reported in last week’s edition of the Tracy Press that an effort is being made to convince officials to build an Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train station to better serve residents in the Mountain House area.
A petition has been started on Change.org by Robi Thomas, a Mountain House resident, to bring the proposal to ACE officials.
The plan would call for ACE to “add a station near Patterson Pass Road, where Mountain House Parkway meets the train tracks,” according to the petition.
(This may be problematic, as those tracks are part of the old, unusable Southern Pacific mainline over the Altamont; the line is torn up about a mile up the tracks at the Alameda County line, and ACE trains don’t run on those rails.)
The pin on the Google Map above denotes the proposed location for a Mountain House ACE station. The problem? No trains, let alone ACE trains, can run on those tracks.
Thomas told the Tracy Press, “I got the impression [that ACE] officials are convinced there are not enough riders from Mountain House. The next step is to show actual riders. The numbers are there.”