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Railroad cut on Nicasio Point

A long straight cut marks the line of the long vanished railroad along Tomales Bay

 thumbnail - Railroad Cut at Nicasio Point

The old railroad cut through Nicasio Point on the east shore of Tomales Bay.

Tomales Bay, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

November 10, 2011
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East Shore of Tomales Bay

Point Reyes depot in the town of Point Reyes Station

 thumbnail - Old Railroad Station and Chedas Garage in Point Reyes Station

The old railroad station after which the town is named, and Cheda's Garage, established 1923 and claimed to be the oldest AAA service center in the USA.

Point Reyes Station, California

November 10, 2011
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The ferry dock at Sausalito was the end of the line for the Northwest Pacific Railroad

 thumbnail - Sausalito Ferry landing

The ferry landing in Sausalito once served as the southern terminus of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and was busy with San Francisco-bound commuters. Now it has frequent ferries to the city for tourists and commuters alike, and less frequent service to Angel Island.

Sausalito, California

November 2, 2011
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Napa Valley Wine Train

 thumbnail - The Wine Train in Sait Helena

Saint Helena, California

May 10, 2013
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Calistoga Depot

 thumbnail - Calistoga Depot

Calistoga Depot, the old station and a number of passenger cars converted to other uses

Calistoga, California

May 10, 2013
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Bridge over the Napa River to Mare Island

 thumbnail - Mare Island lift bridge for both highway and railroad

The Mare Island Bridge over the Napa River, a lift bridge for both road and railroad

between Mare Island and Vallejo, California

May 13, 2013
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Mare Island

Warehouses along the dock at Mare Island

 thumbnail - Coal Shed Studios in rhe former Mare Island Naval Shipyard

Coal Shed Studios, artists' workplace since 1999

Mare Island Historic Park, formerly Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California

May 12, 2013
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Military warehouses on piers at Fort Mason

 thumbnail - Piers at FortMason

Former military warehouses and piers at Fort Mason are now public display and performance spaces

San Francisco, California

July 15, 2010
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Tracks on the Embarcadero

Although now they are used only by streetcars, when this was an active port multiple rail lines ran along the Embarcadero and even out onto the finger wharves.

 thumbnail - Pier 3 on the Embarcadero

Piers 1 through 5, completed in 1918, constitute the Central Embarcadero Finger Piers Historic District. Refurbished streetcars from cities around the world run along the waterfront from Fisherman's Wharf to Market Street.

San Francisco, California

June 20, 2014
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The Embarcadero North of the Ferry Building

For many years train tracks ran along the Embarcadero to serve the docks

 thumbnail - On the Embarcadero directly under the Bay Bridge

On the Embarcadero directly under the Bay Bridge

San Francisco, California

October 31, 2004
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Embarcadero South of the Ferry Building

San Francisco's very minimal train station

 thumbnail - Muni and Caltrain at Fourth and King

The Caltrain Peninsula commuter service (formerly the Southern Pacific) never reached downtown San Francisco. There is now an efficient transfer point with the Muni Metro light rail. In a few years the 4th Street line will feed into the underground Central Subway, leading directly to Union Square and Chinatown. Maybe someday Caltrain and High Speed Rail will continue underground from here to the new terminal on Mission Street.

San Francisco, California

June 19, 2014
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China Basin

Railroad lines and multiple sidings line the south side of Carquinez Strait

 thumbnail - Southern approach to the new Zampa bridge over Carquinez Strait

Southern approach to the new Zampa bridge over Carquinez Strait

, California

May 31, 2004
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Carquinez Strait

The only sea-level rail line through the coast ranges passes by Port Costa

 thumbnail - Railroad tracks alongCarquinez Straits

Amtrak follows the shoreline between Crockett and Martinez

Port Costa on Carquinez Strait, California

June 23, 2011
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An historic wig-wag crossing signal at Point Richmond

 thumbnail - Historic wig-wag railway crossing at Point Richmond

, California

June 13, 2005
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Point Richmond

Railroad tracks from Point Richmond now dead-end just past the tunnel

 thumbnail - End of the tracks, Miller-Knox Shoreline near Ferry Point

, California

June 13, 2005
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Ferry Point

This was the western terminus of the Santa Fe Railroad

 thumbnail - Ferry Point in Point Richmond

Remnants of the Santa Fe railroad ferry dock at Ferry Point. Santa Fe railcars were loaded on barges here to complete the trip to San Francisco.

Point Richmond, California

November 22, 2011
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