Monday, September 27, 2010

"Union Pacific Railroad plans to demolish last bit of transcontinental history"

"Union Pacific Railroad plans to demolish last bit of transcontinental history" by Guy Span, ©, September 27th, 2010. (News Article)

"... 1874 ... paint shop to refurbish rolling stock ... close to I-880... the structure, with its segmented-arched windows, and graceful style, was approved as an Oakland Landmark ... UP plans to demolish the structure by the end of the month ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


A bit disingenuous, that article, as the Paint Shop is hardly the last bit of transcontinental railroad history that is extant. Perhaps the last bit in Oakland....

The Paint Shop and other now-demolished West Oakland Shop buildings were determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the environmental studies conducted by Caltrans for the reconstruction of the Cypress Freeway. The other buildings were demolished after being documented for the Historic American Buildings Survey collection in the Library of Congress, with copies of the documentation being provided to local repositories. I know: I did the historic architectural studies, and I directed the HABS documentation.

Interestingly, the article mentions the Surface Transportation Board. If the STB is involved, then preservationists may have more chance than they think, as the provisions of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act must be satisfied before any demolition can take place.

—John Snyder

9/28/2010 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also see, The mighty Union Pacific sneers at preservationists.

10/02/2010 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also see, Railroad warehouse key to history of Oakland.

10/03/2010 12:01 AM  

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