The Eagle Mountain Railroad (EMRR) was a private, 51 mile long railroad owned by Kaiser Steel which was used from 1948 to 1986 to move iron ore from the Eagle Mountain Mine in Riverside County to an interchange with the Southern Pacific Railroad. One of the longest privately owned railroads in the country, it is currently owned by Kaiser Steel's successor, Kaiser Ventures.
This railroad bridge is where the rail line crosses the Bradshaw Trail not far from the Salton Sea.
Two Burt Lancaster movies were filmed along a portion of the Eagle Mountain Railroad. In 1966 Columbia Pictures filmed several scenes for The Professional and in 1986 Touchstone Films filmed the movie The Tough Guys along stretch of the rail line.
While doing some research on the railroad I discovered that the ghost town of the Eagle Mountain Mine supposedly has more standing buildings than the well-known town of Bodie, but that very few people know about it and it doesn't get many visits. I can't wait to go find it and will be planning a trip for it soon.
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