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Ocean Shore Railroad Car 1409

Help us restore car #1409, the last passenger car bought by the Ocean Shore Railroad in 1909.


Work parties are held every first & third Saturday
each month through the summer  9 am - 5 pm

directions to work site:
Shamrock Ranch Pacifica
Peralta Road is a partial restricted usage road. From Peralta Road go 3 blocks to San Pedro Terrace Road - turn right and look for the gate in the cyclone fence opposite the rehabilitation center - go through the gate and the work site is about 200 yards to the right - look for the big green tent.

Committee meetings and work parties announced via email to the OSRR car 1409 yahoo group.

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OSRR car 1409 Sponsorship Program donation & rewards

$50 BRAKEMAN: OSRR car 1409 logo to display at your business/home, Railroad Stock Certificate, business listing in our project bulletins, FREE one year membership to the Pacifica Historical Society
$100 CONDUCTOR: brakeman rewards plus your business/name on a bronze plate to be affixed to the car upon project completion
$500 ENGINEER: conductor rewards plus three illustrated local history books: Ocean Shore Railroad, Images of America - Pacifica, Images of America - Half Moon Bay
$1000 DIRECTOR: engineer rewards plus a limited edition pure silver commemorative coin minted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the OSRR

  • SHOP - purchase an OSRR book, t-shirt or limited edition Commerative Coin at the PHS store



2011 report: As of August 2011, all of the major undercarriage work is complete except for the couplers and trucks, the subfloor is in, the side wall framing done and most of the exterior tongue and groove has been replaced.  Next steps include completion and trim of the exterior lower siding sections, fabricating new window frames and re-installation of the windows (some will have to be rebuilt).

2009 report: The heavy-duty work on the under carriage is nearly complete.  This involved replacing I-beam ends that had rusted away, and replacing most of the wood beams that are bolted to the I-beams to form the base for the coachwork.

Oak framing for the right side has been fabricated and is in place except for replacing the long, threaded compression rods that tie the frame together.  We have purchased the lumber for the left side framing and are in the process of cutting them to dimension.  As the good weather returns, we plan to complete the siding frame- work and replace the exterior siding tongue and groove sections.

We will be participating in a railroad show at the Walnut Creek Elks Club in October 2009 - more details to follow.

See the rail car move and our volunteer's progress by visiting: Pacifica Historical Society's photostream 

2006 progress report

2005 progress report



As part of California's coastal history, this rail car brings the City of Pacifica a tangible link to its history.  Car #1409 was the last purchased by the Ocean Shore Railroad, and ran on rails from San Francisco through Daly City to the coastal towns of Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, Princeton, Granada, Half Moon Bay and beyond with connections to Santa Cruz. 

One hundred years ago, the Ocean Shore Railroad ran through our scenic coastal community, meandering along cliff sides and past lush farm fields, carrying city dwellers, who for the first time were able to visit our beautiful coastal area. Many of these visitors liked the area so well that they became the first settlers, buying land offered by the Ocean Shore Railroad realtors.

Two of its stations are still visible, the Vallemar Station at Highway 1 and the Tobin Station on Pedro Point at the corner of Danman Avenue and Shelter Cove Road.

More information on the Ocean Shore Railroad:

wikipedia - Ocean Shore Railroad

Ocean Shore Railroad - Half Moon Bay Memories & El Granada Observer

A Brief History of OSRR - San Francisco Trains

Old 1409 poem by Connie Mason Brown