By Chris Hunter
With one of many world's such a lot 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 was once idealistic, the road used to be held prisoner by means of ordinary forces that at last took an excessive amount of of a toll to maintain its awesome course churning. modern-day street 1 strains the passage as soon as paved with tracks, and issues to the few remnants of 1 of California's such a lot recognized day trip traces.
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The passengers have been shocked and extremely joyful with the fantastic fantastic thing about the line alongside the nice bluffs at Mussel Rock the place the breakers roil and their turbulent line of white hundreds and hundreds of ft under. the 1st cease was once made at Edgemar. the closest beach suburb. —Ocean Shore advertising and marketing commercial The Rockaway seashore Rocket turns out beautiful quick during this photo. taking a look like an deserted farmhouse instead of an outdated railroad station, the Tunitas Station was once just a faint reminder of the sea Shore in 1946. Mary Edith Griswold, without doubt one of many most interesting genuine property publicists, rode at the first run of the sea Shore and wrote that it opened a brand new period within the improvement of ocean-beach houses within the peninsula. For years, ever seeing that time started, 3 attractive chances for homesites have lain idle, looking forward to the arrival of iron horse and the promoters—those pioneers of our instances who exit into new untried monetary fields, domesticate them and unfold happiness to hundreds of thousands by way of expanding the wealth of the realm and making cities and towns develop up within the wasteland. it sort of feels virtually wonderful that so wealthy and so attractive a quarter because the coast south of Mussel Rock must have been left to the dairymen and the cabbage gardener all of the years that the town dwellers were searching for suburban houses. however the promoters of Edgemar goal to maintain as a lot of this average attractiveness, concord and peace as attainable. during this photograph, Engineer Dave Parsley cranks up Ocean Shore Locomotive No. 2. a number of the those that 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 better operations, comparable to the Southern Pacific, and will no longer pay its humans similar wages. Ocean Shore Locomotive No. five and its staff 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. 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 workforce of the sea Shore close to Swanton in approximately 1915. one of many fundamental makes use of for the sea Shore on the southern finish used to be to haul lumber and cement from businesses in that quarter. regrettably, either industries have been capable of strengthen self sufficient bargains with different railroads, removing the monetary contracts which could have helped the sea Shore turn into practicable. town of Granada, now known as El Granada, used to be anticipated to develop into a wonderful lodge. With streets laid out through Daniel H. Burnham in a concentric circle grid, it had 3 Ocean Shore stations. Like so much different plans on the topic of the sea Shore, El Granada’s hoped-for prominence by no means materialized, even though the complicated streets nonetheless stay. The Granada Station ultimately turned a true property workplace, as did Edgemar Station in Pacifica, yet this day little facts is still of a railroad passing via El Granada.