VCTC Demands Fillmore & Western Railway Halt Operations by March 1

The Ventura County Transportation Commission is seeking to shut down the Fillmore & Western Railway due to a lease dispute. The Commission has given the railway until the first week of March to halt operations. Dave Wilkerson, the railroad’s president, claims the lease is still valid. The VCTC claims the railroad has not fulfilled its maintenance obligations. The VCTC owns the rail corridor which runs 32 miles from Ventura to the Los Angeles County line. Wilkerson hopes to reach an equitable compromise to assure that the trains continue to run. The train is said to bring in up to 50,000 tourists per year. A more complete up-date will follow next week.