It is the story of the point loma railroad and the san diego electric railway and how they helped our city to grow. We operate a streetcar and railroad history museum within the depot. For the first time since 1949, a section of the san diego electric railway, double track at that, is exposed for only a short time before it will be destroyed in hillcrest. Palm city is a neighborhood in the southern section of san diego. A newspaper announcement heralded the opening of the kensington park subdivision for lot sales on november 25, 1910. San diego electric railway association guidestar profile. Allen copeland san diego metropolitan transit system. Two san diego railfans educator frederic eric sanders and professional musician douglas i. The metropolitan railways failed that same year and was reorganized as new york railways. The spanish colonial revival style station is listed on the national register of historic places. Railway historical society of san diego, and placed on display at the san diego.
The santa fe depot in san diego, california, is a union station built by the atchison, topeka and santa fe railway to replace the small victorianstyle structure erected in 1887 for the california southern railroad company. From its historic beginnings as part of the delta of the san diego river to the rise of the military and aviation industry in the 1920s, the neighborhood has played a role in san diego growth and transformation. The alterations included indoor fireplaces, a courtyard garden with a fountain and a wishing well that never existed when the estudillos lived in the house. They wont be able to miss the gardens primary feature, the g 1. Museum, san diego electric railway association, san n diego rail, san diego railway partners, train riders association of california trac and the african studies program at sdsu. Electric railway historical association of southern california. Spreckels acquired all of the existing competing rail. View streetcars photos in our gallery of beautiful, historical, san diego images. Sdvt factsheet san diego metropolitan transit system. San diego electric railway 1043 was built by the j. The san diego and arizona railroad opened the first modern line between san diego and the east. San diego electric railway association national city. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the images or in a special section of credits.
Built to modernize the system, the first 25 cars were built with field shunts to run faster on the mission beachla jolla line and the ocean beach line. Brill company in 1908 for metropolitan street railway company of new york city as their 191, part of series 156 to 230. It looks like we dont have any akas for this title yet. In june 2009 the city of san diego received a grant through the certified local. Recent history of bus rapid transit california transit association. Site map electric railway historical association of southern. Spreckels bought a failed streetcar operation and launched the san diego electric railway.
Yee, sbn 119434 pamela nataloni, sbn 6404 attorneys for respondent. Everything imaginable concerning san diego railroads and trolleys can be found inside the national city depot. Electric line to the beaches another side of history. History of the san diego and arizona pacific southwest. San diego electric railway system map san diego history. Between 2005 and 2010, mts acquired six pcc streetcars formerly used in san francisco and philadelphia, and would partner with the san diego historic streetcar society, a nonprofit organization developed to educate the public of the history of the san diego electric railway, to help restore these streetcars for use on the eventual line. Up until last year freight service continued into coronado and north island. Streetcars played a key role in san diegos growth, providing.
San diego and the pcc streetcar san diego metropolitan transit. The san diego common council awarded the sder a franchise to build the proposed mission beach line in april 1923. By the 1930s, however, streetcars were losing business to more. Most of the reconstruction we see today was the work of hazel waterman. The san diego railroad museum, san diego electric railway association, san diego rail, san diego railway partners, train riders association of california trac and the african studies program at sdsu supported the designation. San diego electric railway metadata this file contains additional information such as exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. San diego electric railway sder was originally owned by the sons of san francisco sugar king claus spreckels. It is owned by the san diego historical society and is on display at balboa park. D074417 public utilities commission of the state of california, respondent. Serve as an educational resource regarding the role of the electric railway in san diego history. Historic context statement san ysidro california office of historic. Buy prints, gallery wrapped canvas or images for use, reproduction or publication in advertising, film, videotaping, etc.
The san diego electric railway sdery was a mass transit system in southern california using streetcars and in later years buses. Off the rails san diegos historic streetcars and beyond. Under the leadership of the san diego electric railway company, these were soon replaced by electric streetcar lines, which expanded throughout the city. The historical desert san diego and arizona railroad desertusa. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. Model train museum one of worlds best the san diego. Just click the edit page button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the akas submission guide. San diego electric railway association 922 w 23nd st, national city, california 91950 rated 4. San diego electric railway association 20 release info. Welcome to the san diego electric railway assoication.
Metropolitan transit system mts is a california public agency comprised of san diego transit corp. Document archives at the san diego history center in. The san diego electric railway aar reporting mark sder was a standard gauge american electrified railway system founded by sugar heir, developer, and entrepreneur john d. Shop our gallery of beautiful, historical, san diego photos.
Duncan met for the first time by accident while photographing the final operations of the san diego electric railway streetcar system before abandonment. Photos of national city depot museum and streetcars. San diego electric railway mcgill university school of. A minidoc featuring the national city depot exhibits of the san diego electric railway association.
San diego was no different from other cities in that respect. The pcc car, as it was to be designated, did not preserve the electric railway. The city of coronado was for many decades separated from san diego by the san diego bay, though coronado is connected to the mainland by a severalmilelong narrow strip of land called the strand that extends south to imperial beach. Spreckels business played a key role in san diego s growth, providing access to areas such as mission hills, north park, kensington and east san diego that were largely undeveloped at the time. Camren moving a trolly from the adams carbarn out onto adams ave with the help of my aunt, uncle and sister carole. When surveys were being made for the san diego and arizona railway, it was called the impossible railroad by several reputable engineers. The san diego electric railway took over the citizens company and converted the line to standard gauge some time after 23mar1898. The san diego and arizona railway reporting mark sda was a 148mile 238 km short line u. San diego electric railway company bought and rebuilt it to be a tourist attraction at the end of a streetcar line.
Station b as it appeared in 1999 the san diego electric railway co. A publication of the railway historical society of san diego nature never intended that a railroad should be built through magnificent carriso gorge. San diego electric railway streetcar on university ave. The auto dealership on the left is the pearson motor comp. History of the pacific coast steamship companys railroad in san diego. The san diego electric railway sdery was a mass transit system in southern california, united states, using 600 volt dc streetcars and in later years buses the sdery was established by sugar heir and land developer john d. It also serves as a gateway to the beach cities of imperial beach, and coronado, by way of the silver strand isthmus, due to it being where california state route 75 meets interstate 5.
Spreckels strategy involved buying up several failed downtown horse and cabledrawn trolley routes, consolidating and standardizing the trackage, and electrifying resulting unified street railway. The oldest preserved streetcar from san diego is this 1903 car, built in the sder company shops using body sections from two singletruck 1892 vintage cars. Riverside railway company, san bernardino interurban railway. Buy prints, gallery wrapped canvas or images for use, reproduction or publication in advertising, film, videotaping, etc maps and architectural designs, streetcars no number. This project would include express electric railway service to and from san diego, much of it double tracked and largely on private rightofway. The california southern railroad and the growth of san diego.
Local rail history published by railway historical society of san diego. The san diego electric railway sdery was a san diego based, light rail mass transit system founded by spreckels in 1892. San diego electric railway search results san diego. The sdery was established by sugar heir, developer, and entrepreneur john d. The remaining sdsr tracks not damaged in the previous years flooding function as. In february 2005, the san diego electric railway association salvaged the body shell of car no. Without the context of ones history, the image and identity of a society ceases to exist. San diego electric railway pcc streetcar travels westbound on broadway between 12th ave. Pacific electric railway historical society, san gabriel, california. Media in category san diego electric railway the following 12 files are in this category, out of 12 total. The owners had managed to convince the officials of the san diego electric railway company to extend the adams avenue trolley line into kensington park in time for the opening.
It became one of san diego s first streetcar suburbs with the development of an electric trolley route along adams avenue, part of the san diego electric railway system. Starting with the first horsedrawn trolleys introduced by the san diego streetcar company in 1886, san diego s history included the growth and decline of several trolley systems. Electric railway journal, feb 11, 19 by b m warner, general superintendent san diego electric railway. Flothru ventalation with manual operated windows at each. Search the history of over 424 billion web pages on the internet. History of the psrma pacific southwest railway museum. The san diego railroad museum serves the public through education about current and past railroads. One of many old photos in the museum depicting san diego s very rich electric streetcar history. Title san diego electric railway papers id ms 9 date inclusive 18901892 extent 0. Broadway westbound at 12th what a cool old photo of a san diego streetcar. San diego history center document collection creator san diego electric railway company. Time is running out to save an old san diego streetcar.
Dewein san diego electric railway company collection, san diego historical society, booth historical photograph archives. Electric railway historical association of southern. The museum showcases miniature representations of historic californian railroad systems while preserving the art and history of model railroading. The motors retained their numbers but were relettered san diego. Convention center funicular, san diego, california, 2003.
The railroads original network consisted of 5 routes, delineated as follows. In 1887 the national city and otay railway was organized to connect san diego and national city with the eastern and southern farming districts of the county. The san diego electric railway was a mass transit system in southern california. The san diego electric railway sdery continues to operate the interurban line to chula vista under lease. The pacific electric railway company, nicknamed the red cars, was a privately owned mass transit system in southern california consisting of electrically powered streetcars, interurban cars, and buses and was the largest electric railway system in the world in the 1920s. Newsletters san diego electric railway association. Locally you can find one at the san diego electric railway association in national city. Publication date 19150211 usage public domain mark 1.
The two men discussed the need for a preservation organization in san diego and agreed. It was to be eventually run again in the san diego area. San diego is getting new trolley cars, what happens to the. Pcc light rail vehicle san diego metropolitan transit system. Pacific electric railway historical society home facebook. Urban photography fine art photography street photography cinematic. Buses finally replaced the old network of san diego trolleys in 1949. Sdera is also the operator of the national city depot, an historic santa fe railroad station. San diegos early streetcars san diego history center.
Susan nichols sf 1915 panama pacific expo, sf playland, ny coney. Learn more about the history of university heights, one of san diego s oldest neighborhoods. Spreckels in 1891 in order to provide mass transit services to the city of san diego and its surrounding communities. Streetcars kenoshas six former toronto streetcars were part of a group of 50 presidents conference committee p. The san diego electric railway sdery, in service from 1891 to 1949, was responsible for the growth of several san diego neighborhoods including north park and normal heights and delivered many of the 3. Sep 12, 2017 san diego electric railway search results san diego history center.
Historical desert san diego and arizona railroad the impossible railroad and carrizo gorge. This streetcar is painted to honor san diego, which operated pcc streetcars from 1937 to 1949, and again starting in 2011. Southern california regional rocks and roadsyour resource. The san diego electric railway association sdera is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the san diego electric railway san diego s primary streetcar system which operated from the late 1800s to 1949. San diego electric railway encyclopedia article citizendium.
Customers in recent years were the amphibious base and the north island naval air station. The pacific electric railway historical society peryhs is a nonprofit association dedicated to the preservation of. Top 5 things to know about the san diego railroad museum. Public transportation in san diego has a long and colorful history. San diego electric railway 1043 western railway museum. Accordingly a new corporation, named san diego southern railway company, was formed by j.
The first streetcars began operation in 1886, pulled by horses or mules, and later by steam and cable power. What the mexicans call elmovimienlo is an indicator of the activity of business in a city, and the street railroads form a pri. Dubbed the impossible railroad by many engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved, the line was established in part to provide san diego. Spreckels finished construction on a powergenerating plant for his san diego electric railway company, located at the northwest corner of kettner boulevard and e street. It neighbors otay mesa west to the south and east, egger highlands and nestor to the west, and chula vista to the north. Throughout its seventytwoyear history, station b remained the primary energygenerating source for the city of san diego. Historic context report for transit rail system development. Electric railway, feeders, san diego, from electric railway journal, panamacalifornia exposition, 1915, san diego collection committeeofonehundred. The railroad was one of the most expensive ever built in the u.
Spreckels, and dubbed the impossible railroad by engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved. I am particularly thankful to the staff of the document archives at the san diego history center in beautiful balboa park, without whose helpful assistance in locating relevant maps and street guides i would not have been able to prepare this page. Electric railway journal, feb 11, 19 internet archive. Archived from the original pdf on november 2, 2004. Serving san diego county since 1969 coronado railroad. A portion of the tracks on the san diego side were electrified and were used for some years by the national city and chula vista street cars of the san diego electric railway. The san diego electric railway sdery was a mass transit system in southern california. After electricity arrived, san diego was the site of early experimentation for electric trolleys on the west coast and home to a shortlived cable car system.1490 514 1464 751 726 992 329 4 1215 536 896 81 1580 745 9 1197 454 1385 559 496 465 839 109 274 1475 607 1269 1609 965 354 1152 1060 485 1195 1359 796 681 1079 1001 902 599