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Ocean Shore Railroad (Images of Rail: California)

By Chris Hunter

With one of many world's such a lot scenic backdrops as an excellent seascape for passengers, the sea Shore Railroad skirted northern California's beach to carrier groups south of San Francisco for the 1st 20 years of the 20 th century. As extraordinary because it was once idealistic, the road was once held prisoner by way of ordinary forces that at last took an excessive amount of of a toll to maintain its awesome path churning. modern street 1 lines the passage as soon as paved with tracks, and issues to the few remnants of 1 of California's so much recognized expedition strains.

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All through its short profession, the sea Shore appeared virtually cursed. greater railroad businesses comparable to the Southern Pacific appeared to plot opposed to the sea Shore by way of crossing its tracks close to Santa Cruz and different parts. A “mysterious” railroad corporation put parallel tracks from Santa Cruz to Davenport, casting off the profitable lumber and urban company. in fact, it used to be really Southern Pacific. development of the double-wide tracks for the sea Shore was once an important project, even if on oceanside cliffs or via San Francisco, as during this photo, which exhibits an excellent additional widening for a San Francisco neighborhood line.

2. a few of the those who labored at the Ocean Shore have been longtime railroad crews. finally, union harmony and a strike opposed to the sea Shore helped positioned it into chapter 11 in 1920. The little railroad was once unable to compete with higher operations, similar to the Southern Pacific, and will now not pay its humans similar wages. Ocean Shore Locomotive No. five and its workforce pose for an image close to Santa Cruz. Ted Wurm’s mom is proven right here perched at the Montara trestle in 1916. The overdue Ted Wurm had a lifelong love affair with the sea Shore Railroad.

Even though it didn’t final lengthy sufficient to provide many railroad staff a true profession, there have been a variety of who spent greater than 10 years with the corporate. this is often John Jackson, an Alemany Station engineer, c. 1915. The Little Brown Church in present-day Pacifica used to be one of many few structures at the coast while the sea Shore Railroad chugged through. developed in 1910, the little development has visible its proportion of background and is now in the middle of a maintenance attempt through the Pacifica ancient Society. the total line has an unheard of surroundings of mountain, ocean, valley and plateau, with an ever-changing landscape of seashore sights.

Being so just about San Francisco appeared, first and foremost, to assure the railroad major monetary good fortune. The Salada seashore Station turns out a considerable edifice, however it didn't stay as much as the desires many had for the world. Small cottages corresponding to those have been promoted as reasonably cheap holiday houses alongside the sea Shore path. The tiny 25-foot extensive plenty created on the time have prompted making plans and zoning complications for present-day towns resembling Pacifica. The Rockaway seashore Station, not like the Vallemar Station, disappeared altogether.

Com For customer support and orders: Toll-Free 1-888-313-2665 stopover at us on the net at www. arcadiapublishing. com Engine No. 1 of the sea Shore Railroad is going on a run from Santa Cruz to Swanton, c. 1907. desk of Contents identify web page Copyright web page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS creation One - A COASTSIDE DREAM - beginning IN SAN FRANCISCO 3 - THE EARTHQUAKE disaster 4 - DIGGING IN AND DEVIL’S SLIDE 5 - COMMUTING alongside THE COASTSIDE Six - TRAINS LOSE OUT TO autos Seven - not more OCEAN SHORE ◆ ◆ ◆ RAILROAD, that's 8 - THE MODELERS REVIVE THE reminiscence THE secret OF THE PEDRO element TUNNEL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS many folks love the sea Shore Railroad for its historical traits.

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