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Vintage View: CCT Newton Road crossing

This early photograph shows the Central California Traction Company tracks at the Newton Road crossing northeast of Stockton on the way to Lodi. On the right side of the tracks is the notorious third rail that held 1,200 volts of electricity to power the trains. Cattle guards were installed at road crossings in an attempt to protect animals from contacting the deadly third rail. The CCT ran frequent passenger and freight cars along this line between Stockton and Lodi beginning in 1907, and the company extended the line to Sacramento in 1910. Passenger service stopped in 1933, but limited freight service continues today on small section of track.

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