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Ocean Shore Railroad construction - April 3, 1906

Ocean SHore Railroad digger  - 1906

The Southern Pacific wasn't the only company putting railroads through the Ocean View. The Ocean Shore Railroad started off with big plans to create suburbs on the Peninsula built around its franchise, and had an advertising slogan of "Reach the Beaches" for all those San Franciscans looking to get "out of town."

The steam shovel digger above was mounted on a rail car and is shown working on a cut underneath the tracks of the United Railroads street car above. This is approximately the site of Alemany Boulevard near Sickles today.

The 1906 Earthquake and Fire diminished most of the Ocean Shore Railroad's grand plans, and it lasted only until 1920.

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Image: April 3, 1906. Courtesy of Greg Gaar.

Thanks to When Steam Ran on the Streets of San Francisco, by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria for information.

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