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Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Vs. SP’s Streamliners Shasta Daylight & Cascade

Southern Pacific’s premier trains the Shasta Daylight, and the Cascade served the northwest from San Francisco to Portland and Seattle from the 1950s into the 1960s. They served dozens of California, Oregon and Washington cities. The Shasta was popular with tourists and the Cascade, a favorite with business people. THE ... Read More »

Southern Pacific’s Oakland Mole was the gateway to San Francisco

The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California¬†located at the foot of Seventh Street. Southern Pacific and the Western Pacific trains arrived and departed from the SP Mole in Oakland. Passengers then went ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: When going by ship from San Francisco to Portland was faster than the train and cost $38.40 round-trip first class.

The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed by James Hill on September 30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the Astoria Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco. The company operated two ships, the S.S. Great Northern and S.S. Northern ... Read More »