July 2011

Uncategorized19 Jul 2011 12:00 am

Living in American one thing everyone knows is how vital railroads have been to the expansion and evolution our great nation. With over ten millions miles of railroad tracks in the United States alone, we truly are a railroad history mecca.

Above all, there is one area that boast railroad station history like none other. The great city of San Diego is a history center for railroad stations. With over five dozen stations in Sand Diego alone (more…)

Uncategorized17 Jul 2011 12:00 am

The San Diego and Arizona Railway is an American railroad founded by John D. Spreckels. Due to the incredibly difficult tactical and logistical architectural challenges involved, the railroad was consequently nicknamed “The Impossible Railroad”. The construction of the railroad was not particularly accepted by everyone, even nature. Construction of the railroad saw attacks from Mexican revolutionaries on construction crews and floods washed out several rail lines. The 148 mile long railroad was constructed in order to provide a direct link to the Southern Pacific Railroad. The railway was eventually sold by (more…)

Uncategorized13 Jul 2011 12:00 am

With assistance from the San Diego Electric Railway Association, the San Diego Electric Railway Museum is dedicated to education about and furtherance of the history of San Diego’s electric railway system which served as the main mode of transportation along its 165 miles of track and dedicated to meeting the needs of riders from the late 1800s to 1949.

Around 1887, San Diego became the first location on America’s west coast to operate an electric trolley car system. The other trolley railway system in the country during this time period was in Boston, Massachusetts.

The San Diego Electric (more…)

Uncategorized10 Jul 2011 12:00 am

San Diego had to fight to receive its first rail terminal and was finally able to accomplish this goal in 1870. Frank Kimball was the leader behind this movement and construction was begun in July of 1881. It was close to completion in September of 1882, but the “Big Four” railroad financiers, Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford, prevented the line from joining the Southern Pacific Line.

San Diego wasn’t deterred and ran their line locally to Colton. However, several years later on November 26, 1885, the first transcontinental train was allowed to arrive in San Diego. This caused the (more…)

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