John Schmale Presenting the Ocean Shore Railroad

Event has passed (Sat Sep 2, 2017 - Sun Sep 3, 2017)
Loyal Order of Moose - Pacifica Moose Lodge
1:00 PM
Community, Museums


Join us for a photo presentation and talk by legendary railroad historian John Schmale on the infamous Ocean Shore Railroad, which was intended to be built from San Francisco to Santa Cruz via a route along the Pacific coastline.

After construction began in 1905, the Ocean Shore Railroad project encountered many challenges including the 1906 Earthquake, competing rail lines, labor issues, and the coming of the automobile age before it went out of business in 1920.

During its brief operation, the railroad line included several stops in Pacifica before entering a 354-foot tunnel through San Pedro Mountain, with a section of track on the unstable, ever-shifting mountainside known as Devil’s Slide.

While traces of the old tracks remain visible throughout Pacifica, the photographs collected by Schmale and other historians provide the most comprehensive visual story of this legendary railroad and the people and places it served.

Don’t miss this rare chance to retrace the dream and reality of the long-lost Ocean Shore Railroad.