Category Archives: Ocean Shore Railroad

Which Way The Railroad? John Vonderlin Digs up New Info

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    Angelo and I are still nibbling away at the truth of planned OSR routes along the Coastside. I sent this email to him and can excerpt it for PM if … Continue reading

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Experts: Is this the Ocean Shore RR? What about the Paper Cities?

And here’s something called “Paper Cities.”

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1900s: Downey Harvey: President of the Ocean Shore Railway

By June Morrall Email June (june@halfmoonbaymemories.com) In 1906, the rolling hills of San Mateo seemed an unlikely site for an English fox hunt, replete with traditional riding regalia, fine horses and a full complement of hounds. All that was missing … Continue reading

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1903: Over-the-Hill VIPs announce their railroad from Half Moon Bay to Pescadero

and a second feeder to their big amusement center called “Pacific City” at Coyote Point. [Image above: Pacific City at Coyote Point was actually built. Here’s the entrance. perhaps on “opening day.” There were rides for the kids and a … Continue reading

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Explorer John Vonderlin tracks the route of the Ocean Shore RR

Ocean Shore Route Story/Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Ever since I ran into that article in the Newspaper Archive about the 16,000 pounds of explosives being set off north of San Gregorio to aid in the … Continue reading

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What You Didn't Know About The Ocean Shore RR & The Butano

Hello June. Some of your readers interested in the Ocean Shore R.R. may not know that efforts to resurrect it began almost as soon as it was abandoned. Jack Wagner’s THE LAST WHISTLE is the best reference. I recall several … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Says: I think I found the "Mystery Tunnel!"…

Mystery Tunnel Story & Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Angelo’s email confirmation that there used to be a tunnel, possibly associated with the Ocean Shore Railroad, just north of the most northerly Pescadero Beach parking lot … Continue reading

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