Trona Railway

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Trona Railway Overview

The Trona Railway is a 30.5 mi short-line railroad owned by Searles Valley Minerals.

The Baldwins were sold about 1993, replaced by the current EMD SD40 and SD45 locomotives, most of which are still in the color schemes of their former owners, Union Pacific and Southern Pacific.

TRC interchanges with Union Pacific at Searles, California.

Trona Railway Locomotives

Number Model Built History Notes
TRC 2002 SD40R 1966 Ex-SP 7356/SP 8471. SP patched paint.
TRC 2003 SD40R 1966 Ex-SP 7357/SP 8421. SP Kodachrome patched paint.
TRC 2004 SD40T-2 1978 Ex-UP 8717/SP 8517. SP patched paint.
TRC 2005 SD40T-2 1979 Ex-UP 8756/SP 8541. SP patched paint.
TRC 2006 SD40T-2 1978 Ex-TRC 2002/SP 8585/SP 8505. SP patched paint.
TRC 2007 SD40-2 1979 Ex-UP 3567. UP patched paint.
TRC 2008 SD40-2 1980 Ex-UP 3720. UP patched paint.
TRC 2009 SD40-2 1980 Ex-TRC 2006/UP 3719. UP patched paint.

Trona Railway Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Searles Valley Minerals Trona Chemical Plant Covered Hoppers Main customer.
Argus Cogeneration Plant Trona Power Plant Coal Hoppers
Searles Valley Minerals Westend Chemical Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Main customer.
U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Spangler Military Equipment Flatcars

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