Image your self on BART. Now subtract half a century of know-how and add on-board eating, a ferry connection and home windows that passengers might open to catch a breeze.
The picture forming in your thoughts ought to begin to resemble the Sacramento Northern, one of many Bay Space’s vanished electrical railroads and a forerunner of BART. As late as 1940, the corporate operated trains from San Francisco and Oakland to Walnut Creek, Harmony and factors northeast all the way in which to Chico.
The railroad disappeared in phases. It was carried out in by vehicles, competitors and the price of renewal. At the moment, BART and Capitol Hall trains have largely changed it. Vestiges stay — BART follows the Sacramento Northern proper of means between Walnut Creek and Harmony, and one other part is utilized by the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Path.
If you happen to’d love to do greater than think about, head to the Western Railway Museum at Rio Vista Junction in Solano County. On practically 6 miles of restored Sacramento Northern mainline, native electrical railroad fanatics provide rides on twentieth century railcars by way of nation so rural it hardly looks as if the Bay Space.
Above the seats, replicas of advertisements created for twentieth century passengers pitch such points of interest because the Herb Caen column within the San Francisco Chronicle, sea voyages to Hawaii and “Spur, ‘the best soda I ever tasted!’”
It’s a Bay Space journey Wayback Machine.