California’s Fillmore & Western to Suspend Operations in June

Fillmore & Western Alco S-6 1059 has just departed the Fillmore station as it passes through a citrus grove near Seventh Street on January 19, 2020. Photo by Michael Sadovnick.

California’s Fillmore & Western to Suspend Operations in June

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

FILLMORE, Calf. — California’s Fillmore & Western will suspend operations at the end of June, the railroad announced Friday. The tourist operator in the Santa Paula Valley about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles became a popular prop for movie studios in recent years and had been dubbed by some as “Hollywood’s Railroad.” 

The railroad said that it would be running every Saturday in June and that its last day of operations will be on June 26. The railroad said that a new owner would be coming and they planning to resume excursion service on the former Southern Pacific branch this fall. 

We appreciate everyone’s support throughout the years in making this a memorable experience for us. We hope that you will continue to support the new owner when they resume operations,” wrote owners Dave and Tresa Wilkinson. “After the trials, tribulations and of course all the awesome great times we’ve had, seeing all the smiling faces of little ones and big ones alike, we are retiring to become railfans. It’s been our pleasure, our dream to preserve history, make folks happy and have a job we love. We’ve been lucky and blessed.”

Visit www.fwry.com for more information. 

June 2020Read about the Fillmore & Western in the June 2020 issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This article was posted on: May 28, 2021