California Northern Railroad Company CFNR #346

Nature of Firm

CFNR operates freight service in Northern California over 250 miles of leased UP rail lines. CFNR provides freight service over the following lines: Schellville to Napa Junction, to a connection with UP at Suisun-Fairfield (23.6 miles); a branch from Vallejo to Napa Junction to Rocktram (13 miles); between a connection with UP at Davis to Wyo to a connection with UP at Tehama (110.7 miles); a branch from Wyo to Hamilton (19 miles); and Los Banos to a connection with UP at Tracy (54.7 miles). CFNR makes connections with Napa Valley Railroad at Rocktram and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad at Brazos Junction. Traffic includes lumber, wine, beer, food products, steel pipe, agricultural products and construction material. 


The Los Banos and Davis lines were built in the late 1880s, and were leased from the SP under a long term agreement. Short line service started September 26, 1993. The California Northern was controlled by David Parkinson and the Parksierra Corporation, but was sold to RailAmerica in January 2002. Genesee & Wyoming Inc. acquired CFNR as part of its RailAmerica acquisition in December 2012.

Company Information

Mailing Address

California Northern Railroad Company
1801 Hanover Drive, Suite D
Davis, CA  95616

Phone 530-753-7826
Fax 530-753-2517
Web Site

Brian Simpson
General Manager

Jeff Golian
Marketing Manager
530-219-9063 (cell)

Company Affiliation Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Interchange Points Davis, Suisun, Tehama and Tracy, CA
Agreement Type Handling Carrier
Information Exchange Method RMI