Southern Pacific's Bayshore Yard
|by Don Douglas
Photography by Ken Rattenne
the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad built Its line between the two
cities of its name in 1864, the original route out of San Francisco started
at Market Street where the first passenger station was located near Valencia.
It went out Valencia, turning southwestward at 26th and going over the
hill by way of Bernal Cut, past Colma and into the present route at San
Bruno. After the station was moved from Market Street, the route began
at Townsend Street then went out along Harrison to 22nd and then through
Bernal Cut. This route over the "hill" was so steep that extra engines
were needed to assist trains up and over the grade.
The SF&SJ was acquired by the Southern Pacific Railroad in March 1868. Sometime between March and September 1868 the Southern Pacific came under the control of the Central Pacific, and on October 12, 1870 the "Big Four" caused the second Southern Pacific Railroad to become Incorporated as a consolidation of the San Francisco & San Jose, the first Southern Pacific Railroad and the California Southern Railroad. From out of this merger grew the present day Southern Pacific Railroad.
|In March 1901, E. H. Harriman
acquired 37% of Southern Pacific's stock and in August of that year became
president of Southern Pacific. Under Harriman control a number of improvements
were undertaken, all along the Southern Pacific. One of the first improvements
was to find a better entrance into San Francisco.
The Bayshore Cut Off
A new water level route was located between San Bruno and San Francisco which would eliminate the steep grade through Bernal Cut. In October 1904 construction was started on the Bayshore Cut Off.. The work was done under the name of Bayshore Railway, an SP-held company. This line was one of the most expensive pieces of railroad ever built, costing almost a million dollars a mile for its 9.81 miles between San Francisco and San Bruno, including five double track sidings with a total length of nearly 10,000 feet. After the April
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