Fillmore & Western continues to fight for lease rights

Fillmore & Western Railway continues to fight the termination of its lease. Last week a judge refused to block the lease termination which allows the Railway to use the Santa Paula Branch Line.

However, an attorney for the Ventura County Transportation Commission stated that the County will not take any instantaneous action to halt operations of the historical trains.

Fillmore & Western sued the Commission in November 2013, alleging breach of contract. The Railway says the agency did not give a valid cause to break the lease, which was negotiated in 2001, to expire in 2021.

The Commission claimed good cause to end the agreement on Decembers 1, 2013, stating the railway failed to fulfill its maintenance agreement for the line.

Donna Standard, attorney for the Railway, said the Commission expects the Railway to perform maintenance beyond what the lease requires.