The Impossible Railroad has been part of the Imperial Valley for over 100 years. It served to carry freight and passengers from San Diego to Yuma, with stops in Imperial Valley. Generating enormous amount of revenue and connecting remote communities, the railroad was a vital part of the local economy and its identity. Its success even elevated San Diego, making it the main port of Southern California.
While the Impossible Railroad was officially finished on Nov. 15, 1919, its history of operations has been limited, with only parts of the track spanning El Centro to San Diego staying open. The railroad had many hurdles during construction and across its years, all caused by intense conditions in the mountain passes and the desert below. Most recently, the track was completely devastated with the arrival of Hurricane Kathleen in 1976. Like this later storm, its history of operation is one defined by the elements and ever-changing landscape of our Land of Extremes.