Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography
The Goat Canyon Trestle

The Goat Canyon Trestle

The Goat Canyon Trestle is among the world's largest curved wooden trestles.

Part of The Impossible Railroad / SD&AE built in 1919 by John D. Spreckels. One almost expects Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner to show up at any moment.

The San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company is a short-line American railroad originally founded in 1906 as the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A) by sugar heir, developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels. Dubbed "The Impossible Railroad" by many engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved, the line was established in part to provide San Diego with a direct rail link to the east by connecting with the Southern Pacific Railroad lines in El Centro, California. The SD&A's 146.4-mile (235.61 km) route originates in San Diego, California and terminates in El Centro, California.

The company took over the SD&A's operations in February 1933 after financial troubles led John Spreckels' descendants to sell their interests in the railroad to the Southern Pacific. Through the years natural disasters and vandalism rendered sections of the line unserviceable, and portions of the line have been sold to various interests.

Around 2004, Carrizo Gorge Railway, Inc. spent millions of dollars repairing the tunnels, trestles, and more and trains begin running on the line once again. Only four years later, in 2008, the line was embargoed. Recently, however, Baja California Railroad has taken over control of this line and plans to restore freight train service sometime in 2018.

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