Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway This railroad is abandoned. Torn up and moved to the Campo Railroad Park & Museum in Campo, CA

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway consists of about a quarter mile of two foot gauge track on the north side of Alpine Heights. The railroad serves; Shade Depot, El Pozo and High Pass, where a 112 foot long wood trestle is located. The main motive power is an original 1935 Brookville Locomotive from the Carthage Crushed Limestone Company. The rolling stock ranges from original mining cars to homebuilt cabooses and riding cars. The DAPR offers free rides to the public from 1 to 3pm on Sundays or other days by appointment for groups or birthday parties.

Mission: To preserve the history of American Railroading for people both old and young and just to go have fun with trains!

04/22/2019

This railroad has moved to Campo, CA. It can be seen at the Campo Railroad Park & Museum.

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, CA is the new home for Brookville No.2.
05/23/2018

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, CA is the new home for Brookville No.2.

02/23/2018

Ken Kramer’s About San Diego update.2/22/2018

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Volunteers are in the process of dismantling the DAPR mainline and moving the rail ...
01/09/2018

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Volunteers are in the process of dismantling the DAPR mainline and moving the rail to their museum facility at Campo.

10/27/2017

******IMPORTANT PLEASE READ*****
It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the closure of the Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway. After 27 years of weekly public rides, Mr. Athey has decided to discontinue operations because of his age and the heavy burden that naturally comes with maintaining a full size narrow gauge railroad. As of 10/25/2017, no further public operations will be offered. The railroad in its entirety, including the locomotive and rolling stock, have been donated to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. This exchange has been in the making for a few years now and the museum is accepting the donation with great enthusiasm. The PSRMA volunteers are now well into the process of moving the equipment and rail to their museum facility in Campo. We look forward to working with the museum on the construction of a new exhibit and train ride utilizing the former Descanso, Alpine & Pacific equipment on the museum property. On behalf of Mr. Athey, I would like to thank all our visitors and friends for your tremendous support of this little operation over the years. We would like to remind everyone that what is left of the railroad is located on a private residence and out of consideration for the Athey family, we ask that you do not enter the property without prior permission. Again, we regret to deliver this heartfelt news and thank you all for a great 27 years of operation.

01/18/2017

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway will be shut down on the following dates due to prior engagements by the owner. The railway will operate all the other Sundays unless noted.

Jan 22, 2017
Feb 5, 2017
Mar 5, 2017
Apr 2, 2017
May 28, 2017

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway's cover photo
01/10/2017

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway's cover photo

1/8/2017
01/10/2017

1/8/2017

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway's cover photo
01/10/2017

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway's cover photo

12/17/2016

The Railway will operate this Sunday 12/18/16 weather permitting. This will be the last chance to ride the train in the year 2016 as we will be closed Christmas Sunday! Happy Holidays from the DAPR!

12/10/2016

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway will be shut down this Sunday, December 11, 2016 due to a conflict of engagements. We will return to operation Sunday, December 18th.

11/27/2016

We will be operating today 11/27/2016 1-3pm weather permitting.

08/28/2016

It will be a beautiful day in Alpine, so come out and ride the train!

This is how the locomotive appeared when it arrived on the property on October 14th 1990, its 55 birthday.
07/11/2016

This is how the locomotive appeared when it arrived on the property on October 14th 1990, its 55 birthday.

Depot at Shade
07/11/2016

Depot at Shade

Section House
07/11/2016

Section House

MOW crew
07/11/2016

MOW crew

07/11/2016
Here are a few scans from an original 1935 Brookville Catalogue. The standard Brookville Locomotive came with an enclose...
06/21/2016

Here are a few scans from an original 1935 Brookville Catalogue. The standard Brookville Locomotive came with an enclosed cab and an electric starter at this time. Ours was ordered without these features.

Does this machine look familiar? This is a 1939 photo of our Brookville locomotive working at the Carthage Crushed Limes...
06/20/2016

Does this machine look familiar? This is a 1939 photo of our Brookville locomotive working at the Carthage Crushed Limestone Company in Missouri. The locomotive was only 4 years old when this photo was taken. Now 81 years old, the locomotive retains almost all of its original parts and is believed to be the oldest operating Brookville locomotive in existence.

We had a bit of a problem staying on the tracks today, but do not fear! We will still operate tomorrow, Sunday June 5th ...
06/05/2016

We had a bit of a problem staying on the tracks today, but do not fear! We will still operate tomorrow, Sunday June 5th from 1 to 3pm.

05/15/2016

Just a reminder we will be operating from 1 to 3 pm today weather permitting.

04/21/2016

We do not have a separate website for those of you that ask. This page is the only official web presence for the Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway. All information regarding operations can be found here and any questions can be submitted through Facebook messages or comments.

DAPR 3/6/15
03/14/2016

DAPR 3/6/15

01/17/2016

Just a reminder we are operating today from 1 to 3 pm

12/27/2015

Hello all, we hope you had a safe and joyful Christmas. Just a reminder we are operating from 1-3pm today.

12/20/2015

Hello everyone! Just a reminder the railroad is operating today 1 to 3pm weather permitting of coarse. Happy Holidays from the DAPR.

In recognition of our Brookville locomotive's 80th birthday, we have scratch built an operating model of the locomotive ...
11/18/2015

In recognition of our Brookville locomotive's 80th birthday, we have scratch built an operating model of the locomotive in 1:12 scale. DAPR No. 2 was out shopped by The Brookville Locomotive Works on October 14th, 1935 making it 80 years old as of last month. Almost all the components on the locomotive today were on the locomotive on the day it was delivered in 1935.

In recognition of our Brookville locomotive's 80th birthday, we have scratch built an operating model of the locomotive ...
11/14/2015

In recognition of our Brookville locomotive's 80th birthday, we have scratch built an operating model of the locomotive in 1:12 scale. DAPR No. 2 was out shopped by The Brookville Locomotive Works on October 14th, 1935 making it 80 years old as of last month. Almost all the components on the locomotive today were on the locomotive on the day it was delivered in 1935.

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway's cover photo
11/11/2015

Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway's cover photo

10/13/2015

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway will be shut down the following Sundays due to conflicting events:

Sunday 10-25-15
Sunday 11-22-15
Sunday 12-13-15
Sunday 1-10-16
Sunday 2-21-16
Sunday 2-28-16
Sunday 4-3-16
Sunday 5-29-16

The railway will be open from 1to 3pm all other Sundays weather permitting or unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you all at Shade Depot.

-Assistant Superintendent & Webmaster
J.L. Black

Life of a Switchman.
09/28/2014

Life of a Switchman.

August 3, 2014
08/06/2014

August 3, 2014

Here are some pics of a recent photo excursion to High Pass with caboose 03 in tow.
07/04/2014

Here are some pics of a recent photo excursion to High Pass with caboose 03 in tow.

DAPR 08
06/22/2014

DAPR 08

03/08/2014

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway will proceed with regular operations this Sunday (3/9/2014). The railroad will be open the regular hours 1pm to 3pm, weather permitting of course. So come and ride the train!

Live. Right now! Alpine, CA
02/16/2014

Live. Right now! Alpine, CA

Friends visit from Japan August,25 2013
08/31/2013

Friends visit from Japan August,25 2013

Timeline Photos
07/25/2013

Timeline Photos

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway will be shutting down operations after Sunday, June 30th, 2013 for duration of Ju...
06/27/2013

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railway will be shutting down operations after Sunday, June 30th, 2013 for duration of July. During this time railroad equipment will remodeled, rebuilt, and repaired. The railroad will reopen for rides on Sundays in late July or early August depending on when the work is completed.

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1266 Alpine Heights Rd
Alpine, CA
91901

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