About Us

When Hollywood needs trains, it comes here

Movie railroad Sierra Northern Ventura Division - Central Ave., Fillmore (MP 424.62)The Sierra and Sierra Northern Railroad’s connection with Hollywood goes back many decades. Our original route, headquartered in Oakdale, Calif., has hosted movie production since the 1930s.

Today, we have operations and facilities under the Sierra Northern name in Southern California’s Santa Clara River Valley just outside Los Angeles, inside The Studio Zone.

 We also have scenic northern California properties in Sacramento and the redwood forest around Mendocino, as well as Oakdale.

All sites are available for motion picture, television, and commercial productions and provide maximum compatibility with the demands of the industry.

Here are just some of the entertainment productions that have included current Sierra Railway facilities, equipment or props:


  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • High Noon
  • Water for Elephants
  • Back to the Future III
  • Joe Dirt
  • Seabiscuit
  • Hidalgo
  • Leatherheads
  • Howard the Duck
  • Inception
  • Nixon
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • The Perils of Pauline
  • The Great Bank Robbery
  • The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Pale Rider
  • Unforgiven



  • Big Bang Theory
  • Days of Our Lives
  • Criminal Minds
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • America’s Most Wanted
  • The Office
  • The Gilmore Girls
  • CSI
  • NCIS
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Rawhide
  • The Big Valley
  • The Wild Wild West
  • The Man from UNCLE
  • Gunsmoke
  • Cold Case
  • The Unit
  • Monster Garage



  • Wrangler Jeans
  • AT&T
  • McDonald’s
  • Mitsubishi
  • United Airlines
  • Napa Auto Parts
  • Chrysler
  • Chevrolet
  • Goodyear
  • Ralph Lauren
  • McDonald’s
  • Chili’s
  • Hyundai
  • Geico
  • Cadillac
  • Allstate
  • Dodge
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Honda
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Toyota
  • BMW
  • Porsche
  • Texaco
  • Levi’s
  • Amtrak