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Belt Line Railroad

1889

 
 
Belt Line Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
1. Belt Line Railroad Marker
Inscription. Construction began in 1889 for San Francisco’s harbor Belt Line Railroad, a terminal switching railroad with locomotives dedicated to moving boxcars and flat cars directly alongside cargo vessels. Opening in 1896 to serve the warehouse and shipping district on the north waterfront, the Belt Line tracks eventually covered 70 miles of the city front – from Islais Creek in the south, running through Fort Mason tunnel, to serve the Presidio in the north. Four tracks, that used half the width of the Embarcadero extended more that a hundred spur tracks out on the piers. It was a marriage of technology between ocean-going vessels and the nation’s railroad system.
 
Location. 37° 48.283′ N, 122° 24.189′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sansome Street and The Embarcadero, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Sansome Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Down to the Seas in Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); Discarded Treasure (within shouting distance of this marker); Francisco Street
Belt Line Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
2. Belt Line Railroad Marker
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gold Mountain (about 700 feet away); White Angel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Telegraph Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coit Memorial Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coit Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  A Brief History of the State Belt Railroad in San Francisco - San Francisco Trains. The State Belt Railroad of California was a shortline that served San Francisco's waterfront until the 1980's. It's tracks extended the length of the Embarcadero from south of Market Street to Fort Mason and the Presidio. Although locals nicknamed the line the Toonerville Trolley and the Wooden Axle Line, the State Belt had an illustrious career. (Submitted on December 20, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Belt Line Railroad Roundhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
3. Belt Line Railroad Roundhouse
Belt Line Railroad Roundhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
4. Belt Line Railroad Roundhouse
San Francisco Belt Line Railroad image. Click for full size.
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5. San Francisco Belt Line Railroad
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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