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Alameda by Rail, California (Images of Rail Series)

by Grant Ute, Bruce Singer
     
 

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Across the great bay from San Francisco, the city of Alameda evolved into an island hometown of fine Victorian and Craftsman architecture and a port containing a naval air station, shipbuilding center, and the winter home of the long-gone Alaska Packers fleet of "tall ships." But Alameda also was a busy railroad town. In 1864, a passenger railroad with a ferry

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Across the great bay from San Francisco, the city of Alameda evolved into an island hometown of fine Victorian and Craftsman architecture and a port containing a naval air station, shipbuilding center, and the winter home of the long-gone Alaska Packers fleet of "tall ships." But Alameda also was a busy railroad town. In 1864, a passenger railroad with a ferry connection created a commute to San Francisco. In 1869, the city became the first Bay Area terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. Alameda became an island because a railroad allowed construction crews to dig a tidal canal, separating it from Oakland in 1902. Later generations rode steam, then electric, trains to a grand ferry pier where ornate watercraft guided them the 20 minutes to San Francisco. An auto tube, and later the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, hastened the demise of ferry, then rail, operations before World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738547060
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
03/07/2007
Series:
Images of Rail Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author


Authors Grant Ute and Bruce Singer compiled this evocative collection of vintage images to celebrate Alameda's railway heritage using the archives of the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association's Western Railway Museum. Singer rode the Pacific Electric "Red Cars" in his youth and, after he retired, realized his dream of becoming a motorman. Ute, the grandson of a San Francisco motorman, is a founder of the San Francisco Railway Archive.

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