(By VESTRA Resources Inc. as part of Phase I Environmental Assessment)
1896 First 4 miles of track laid between McCloud and the terminus at the town of Upton with the Central Pacific track running north-south in California.
1897 Creation of the McCloud River Railroad and the McCloud River Lumber Company.
1903 Expanded eastward to a mill in Ash Creek, which burned in 1903, and track was abandoned.
1900-1920 Track was expanded and removed as necessary to log the “flats” east of the town of McCloud.
1905 A permanent track reached Bartle.
1907 Terminus changed from Upton to Mt. Shasta City (then called Sisson).
1917 Railroad divested from the lumber company, but remained with the same shareholders.
1917 – 1920 Railroad operated by federal government during World War I and returned to private sector at the end of the war.
1921-1929 An extension from Bartle to the Pit River was owned by PG&E; built to assist in Pit power project construction.
1923 East expansion into newly acquired timberland. New branch (Santa Claus Junction) was established 4 miles northeast of Bartle.
1925 Camp 2 established (renamed Pondosa in 1925) and included extensive rail yards and a repair shop.
1927 Decision to abandon temporary camps; town of Pondosa established.
1927 Line to Lookout and Great Northern added.
1948 First diesel locomotive purchased.
1950 New line added between Pondosa and Curtis.
1953 Last steam engine retired.
1954 Line to Burney started to service; single-stall engine house built in Burney.
1955 Line to Burney completed.
1960 Excursions started with old steam engine Number 25.
1963 McCloud Railroad sold to U.S. Plywood. U.S. Plywood pulls up lumber company spurs (U.S. Plywood later became Champion).
1977 Itel purchased railroad from Champion; 400 new box cars purchased by Itel.
1982 Rehabilitation of track structures and roadbed under Federal Railroad Administration grant.
Late 1980s: Removal of Pondosa branch line
1990 (December) Historic office burns, destroying company records and historic artifacts.
1992 PG&E second pipeline project. Railroad sold to Four Rails, Inc. Jeff Forbis changed name to McCloud River Railway.
1997 100-year anniversary.
2005 Four Rails, Inc., requests permission to abandon all lines east of McCloud.
2010 Track removed between McCloud and Burney