The tracks that once ran down Harrison Street
were once part of the original Southern Pacific mainline that runs from
San Francisco to San Jose. After the Bayshore Cutoff (shortcut between
San Francisco and San Bruno) was completed in December 1907, the railroad
kept the line for local use. The original line was noted for it's steep
grade as it climbed out of The City, as well as the "backyard" sections
that ran through the Mission District. The line was finally severed near
Bernal Cut (now San Jose Avenue) during the 1940's or '50's (still trying
to confirm the exact date).
The purpose of this page is to display some black and white 8x10's that I recently found at a flea market in San Francisco. Unfortunately, I do not know who the photographer is or exactly when these photos were taken. All of the photos were taken right around 17th and Harrison streets. I am guessing that they were shot in 1991 (by a registration tag on one of the cars!). The tracks have since been removed.
I am looking for more photos of South of Market rail action. Even pictures of street trackage would be great.
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This is a northbound view on Harrison st. between 1th and 17th streets (downtown in distance). Two main tracks and a crossover. The large mural on the building to the left was recently whitewashed over, a subject of controversy for Mission District residents.
Corner of Harrison and 17th Streets looking southeast. Two main tracks and a siding to the left. There also appears to be a siding that ran along the sidewalk in front of this building.
Same building as above, but from Alabama and 17th streets.
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