Abandoned Rails of

Oakland, California

*Western Pacific:* This is the former WP Passenger Depot, at the...
Western Pacific: This is the former WP Passenger Depot, at the southeast corner of 3rd & Washington. It is used for law offices and local government offices today. In the past, passengers walked to the middle of 3rd Street to board trains. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2009.
*Western Pacific:* This plaque is attached to the front wall of ...
Western Pacific: This plaque is attached to the front wall of the former WP passenger depot. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2009.
*Western Pacific:* This is the WP bridge that goes over the estu...
Western Pacific: This is the WP bridge that goes over the estuary. The estuary is what connects the bay with Merritt Lake. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* This is the WP bridge that goes over the estu...
Western Pacific: This is the WP bridge that goes over the estuary. The estuary is what connects the bay with Merritt Lake. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* This is another WP bridge adjacent to the bri...
Western Pacific: This is another WP bridge adjacent to the bridge in the previous pictures, only of a slightly different design. These two bridges are the only existing remnants of the WP in Oakland. According to historical maps, the WP's tracks left the pier, then traveled along 3rd Street to these two bridges. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* It is believed that these rails is all that r...
Western Pacific: It is believed that these rails is all that remains of the WP tracks. To the left is the BART electric rail, and to the right is the UP (ex-WP) yard. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* This former WP caboose is now used for a smal...
Western Pacific: This former WP caboose is now used for a small boat rental company. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* The owner of the fishing company that resides...
Western Pacific: The owner of the fishing company that resides within this former WP caboose indeed confirms that the caboose did belog to the WP; he has owned it for 18 years. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Southern Pacific:* Looking north along Embarcadero in the Jack ...
Southern Pacific: Looking north along Embarcadero in the Jack London Square area of Oakland. The line ends around MLK Boulevard. To the right is the UP line and the Amtrak ROW. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Southern Pacific:* This shows the estuary and the bay. It used ...
Southern Pacific: This shows the estuary and the bay. It used to be one of the many working piers along the waterfront, but today it is in bad shape. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Southern Pacific:* This shows a disused spur going into the 9th...
Southern Pacific: This shows a disused spur going into the 9th Avenue pier area. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Southern Pacific:* An abandoned switchstand on the 9th Avenue p...
Southern Pacific: An abandoned switchstand on the 9th Avenue pier spur. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Central Pacific:* These next few pictures show other CP spurs, ...
Central Pacific: These next few pictures show other CP spurs, which are still in occasional use by Union Pacific. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Central Pacific:* This former CP spur is still used occasionall...
Central Pacific: This former CP spur is still used occasionally by the UP. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Union Pacific:* In Berkeley, a UP spur goes into an industrial ...
Union Pacific: In Berkeley, a UP spur goes into an industrial area, but has been taken over by the post-industrial "art" crowd and a mall. This picture is of the spur crossing Ashby Avenue. Just a block further, it turned to the right and ended. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Union Pacific:* This shows the same spur, but a block away.
Union Pacific: This shows the same spur, but a block away. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Central Pacific:* This shows a former CP (now UP) spur in Berke...
Central Pacific: This shows a former CP (now UP) spur in Berkeley that serviced businesses along 5th Avenue pier. Now there is only one rail visible for a few yards, the rest is buried. You can see Interstate 880 and the UP signals in the background. The area has been taken over by the post-industrial "art" crowd. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* This is a picture of one of three blocks on 4...
Western Pacific: This is a picture of one of three blocks on 4th Street in the produce area of downtown Oakland that have these "sidewalk rails", which originally serviced the warehouses. 3rd Street is where the WP right-of-way was located, and there's just barely evidence of rails in this area. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
This map from 1888 is hanging in an Oakland library, and shows t...
This map from 1888 is hanging in an Oakland library, and shows the right-of-ways of area railroads. (Submitted by Andrew Laverdiere)
*16th Street Station:* Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Sta...
16th Street Station: Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Station. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*16th Street Station:* Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Sta...
16th Street Station: Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Station. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*16th Street Station:* Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Tow...
16th Street Station: Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Tower. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*16th Street Station:* Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Sta...
16th Street Station: Southern Pacific's former 16th Street Station. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Western Pacific:* A Western Pacific caboose is  found in the Ni...
Western Pacific: A Western Pacific caboose is found in the Niles district of the former WP. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Niles Station:* The front of the Niles station, facing Mission ...
Niles Station: The front of the Niles station, facing Mission Boulevard. The tracks are in place immediately adjacent to the station, but everything else has been removed. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Niles Station:* This is the back of the depot at Niles. It look...
Niles Station: This is the back of the depot at Niles. It looks like some form of maintenance is being done on the building. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Union Pacific:* This stretch of abandoned trackage is found nex...
Union Pacific: This stretch of abandoned trackage is found next to UP and AMTRAK main lines. Taken near 2nd Street and Addison. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
*Union Pacific:* Also in Berkeley is a small spur that doesn't s...
Union Pacific: Also in Berkeley is a small spur that doesn't seem to have seen much use in awhile. It's near 2nd Street and University, near San Francisco bay. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.
This picture depicts the Southern Pacific's very own fire depart...
This picture depicts the Southern Pacific's very own fire department in Oakland, CA.

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The former WP caboose in Oakland that mentioned along th waterfront is actually former Tidewater Southern, I remember seeing the sign board and verified it when it arrived.The shot of the rail next to Bart in East Oakland is a location once known as Clinton where the IER crossed the WP at grade. There used to be a tower when the IER weas there. The yard is former SP and still is used.

The track you show crossing Ashby Ave, in Berkeley is the former SP 9th St spur that originated at Shellmound. It once was the double track IER commuter line abandoned in 1941.

I can update the info on any of the many other photos you have displayed in your website.

Vic Neves
San Leandro, CA
7/18/2009

The former Western Pacific main line that ran down Third Street in Oakland saw its last train in November 1996. Source: The Railroad Press magazine, issue #92, pp 36-37.

Mike Palmer
L A County, CA
5/28/2012