Here’s where they sit now, Numbers 25 and 23 from the oddball San Francisco Belt Railroad. That was the shortline that California started in 1891.
These locomotives were built during World War II to haul stuff around the waterfront, but since 1993 they’ve generally been cloistered inside Pier 96, making a few short trips now and then.
As seen at the end of Cargo Way near Heron’s Head Park:
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Here’s what the “roundhouse” used to look like at Sansome and Embarcadero. Check it, the building is still there – can you see where the tracks were?
Tourism is a much more important biz than freight-hauling these days, so don’t look for rail to make a comeback along the waterfront anytime soon. But maybe we’ll get the Fort Mason Tunnel open again for transit, once the goddamn NIMBYs of the Marina stop screaming about it.