and Western Railway (reporting mark FWRY),is a privately owned company owned by the Filmore & Western Railway Company. The company operates on track owned by the Ventura County
Transportation Commission. The F&W is known as the "Home of the Hollywood
Movie Trains" because the majority of its rolling stock was acquired from three major studios: 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and MGM.
The railroad is frequently used for the filming of television series, motion pictures and commercials and as a locale for private and commercial still photography, Visitors to Fillmore
can often see filming activity as well as sets and support equipment at the company's rail yard and along the tracks between Santa Paula
The railroad also operates a year-round tourist train and offers numerous special events including the Railroad Days Festival, the Pumpkinliner, Christmas Tree Trains, the North Pole Express, the Day
Out with Thomas, and the Little Engine that Could. The normal schedule involves weekend excursions, dinner trains, murder mystery trains, barbecue trains, and shopping excursions to nearby Santa Paula.
The roster of the F&W includes two GP35s, a GP30 and two F7s from General Motors Electromotive Division and an S6 and RS32 from ALCO. The railroad also owns numerous coaches, freight cars, cabooses and excursion cars. The F&W roster also includes an Ex-Duluth and Northeastern Baldwin #14 2-8-0 Consolidation steam locomotive. Also in operation is an 0-4-0 Porter tank engine, the Sespe.
The RR turntable allowes not only turning of locomotives and cars but also access to planned facilities on tracks in the narrow yard area. This area is planned to be the center of a proposed railway heritage park complex that will also feature a roundhouse and a Railroad Interpretive Center Museum.
Transportation planners in the Southern California
region have been studying the feasibility of restoring the eastern end of the line between Santa Paula and Santa Clarita in order to establish Metrolink service. This would require bringing existing track up to passenger standards, adding passing sidings and acquisition of new right of way for track between the current eastern terminus of the line located just west of Interstate 5 (I-5) and Metrolink's Antelope Valley line.