Rail Terminals

Class I railroads – the designation for the major rail
freight carriers – are represented in California by the
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and the
Union Pacific Railroad (UP). These two railroads have
extensive rail networks connecting California with the
rest of the nation, particularly corridors to the
Southwest, Midwest and Northwest. These two railroads
operate over a total of 5,432 miles in the State. In
addition to these major carriers, local markets in
California may be served by smaller rail freight networks
– known as “short line railroads,” that serve a particular
market or which provide feeder service to the national
freight rail network represented by the UP and the BNSF.