Ocean Shore Railroad (Images of Rail: California)

By Chris Hunter

With one of many world's so much scenic backdrops as a super seascape for passengers, the sea Shore Railroad skirted northern California's sea coast to provider groups south of San Francisco for the 1st 20 years of the 20 th century. As outstanding because it used to be idealistic, the road used to be held prisoner via average forces that at last took an excessive amount of of a toll to maintain its amazing course churning. modern day road 1 lines the passage as soon as paved with tracks, and issues to the few remnants of 1 of California's so much famous expedition strains.

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Ocean Shore Locomotive No. five and its team pose for an image close to Santa Cruz. Ted Wurm’s mom is proven the following perched at the Montara trestle in 1916. The overdue Ted Wurm had a lifelong love affair with the sea Shore Railroad. This Ocean Shore engine and its crewmember have been photographed close to Santa Cruz in 1917. word the oilcan within the man’s hand. Here’s a staff of the sea Shore close to Swanton in approximately 1915. one of many basic makes use of for the sea Shore on the southern finish used to be to haul lumber and cement from businesses in that region. regrettably, either industries have been capable of advance self sufficient offers with different railroads, removing the monetary contracts which can have helped the sea Shore develop into attainable. the city of Granada, now referred to as El Granada, was once anticipated to turn into a superb inn. With streets laid out via Daniel H. Burnham in a concentric circle grid, it had 3 Ocean Shore stations. Like such a lot different plans relating to the sea Shore, El Granada’s hoped-for prominence by no means materialized, even though the complicated streets nonetheless stay. The Granada Station ultimately grew to become a true property place of work, as did Edgemar Station in Pacifica, yet this present day little proof is still of a railroad passing via El Granada. The part Moon Bay Station truly served a slightly thriving present neighborhood of agricultural and advertisement energy. The little urban, which remains to be the dominant vacationer appeal alongside the San Mateo County coast, has blossomed right into a filthy rich enclave that features a fresh Ritz-Carlton inn resort. advertising ads inspired humans to work out the points of interest alongside the coast. The luck of the sea Shore depended upon many folks taking them up at the provide. no longer sufficient did. It was once a comparatively reasonably cheap rate to pay for a journey alongside the sea. those that did so, specially on a sunny day, remembered it for a life-time. The Palmer Creek trestle south of San Gregorio was once nonetheless intact as of 1935. This photo of an analogous position was once taken in 1965 and indicates the cave in of the wood trestle constitution. the previous Ocean Shore station in part Moon Bay was once moved from its situation and used as an addition to a neighborhood church. This picture from the Nineteen Forties indicates the outdated Farallone Station lengthy after the final Ocean Shore educate got here by means of, with an unidentified guy posing in entrance. For a quick interval within the 1910s, the sea Shore Railroad used to be at its peak, taking a look as powerful and colourful as any railroad anyplace. however the little Ocean Shore didn’t have the power of alternative railroads, creating a revenue of in basic terms $18,000 in 1912 after which sliding down the financial disaster slope until eventually its cave in in 1920. yet for a quick flicker of time it labored, wearing humans to and from the coastside among San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The Vallemar Station, taking a look rustic and deserted above, is likely to be the one station that maintained a public face in the course of the many years, rising because the web site of assorted eating places and at present the positioning of Ash’s Vallemar Station. This picture indicates the water tower in Rockaway seashore, ready to refill the steam locomotives that ran at the Ocean Shore Railroad.

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