Thursday, February 25, 2010

Southern Pacific Railway, Orange County CA lines

From: "Von Bitner, Theodore"

I am very interested in the history of the Southern Pacific Railroad through what is now Huntington Beach, Orange County, California. In particular ... about the Smeltzer Branch along the Pacific Ocean coastline. I am very curious about the physical structure of the railroad between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach with respect to any bridges that my have been built along that stretch of the railway. This particular stretch of the coastline appears to have been a sand spit and I interested to find out how the railroad was essentially built on the beach. ...

Ted von Bitner
Chief of Monitoring Programs
County of Orange - OC Watersheds Program