Category Archives: Ocean Shore Railroad

Angelo Misthos: Bad Decisions: This is why Prosperity did NOT follow the Ocean Shore Railord

Story by Angelo Misthos Note:  “Optimism does not a success make”–June quote   Hi, June. It’s a good question.  As you know I correspond with John re the OS;  I think John pretty much knows my viewpoint.  Anyway, here it is:  Essentially, … Continue reading

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Anglo Misthos & John Vonderlin Talk NEW OSRR

  Hi Angelo,    Your mentioning of the OSR building a road along the Waddell Bluffs, thinking it would absorb landslides and leave the rail line clear, was a new set of facts for me. I found this article that … Continue reading

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Downey Harvey was president of the Ocean Shore Railway

Downey Harvey was president of the Ocean Shore Railway By June Morrall In 1906, the rolling hills of San Mateo seemed an unlikely site for an English fox hunt, replete with traditional riding regalia, fine horses and a full complement … Continue reading

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John Schmale: On Saving Ocean Shore Railway Cars

Hi June, Thank you for posting the Ocean Shore Stanley Steamer piece and the information about our new Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway book. We enjoy your Coastside history articles. Much more history is lost than is saved. You are … Continue reading

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Golfer Downey Harvey was President of the Ocean Shore Railway

In 1906, the rolling hills of San Mateo seemed an unlikely site for an English fox hunt, replete with traditional riding regalia, fine horses and a full complement of hounds. All that was missing was the fox. This did not … Continue reading

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The Ocean Shore Railroad's "Paper Cities"

From the San Mateo County History Museum Wave Crest, December 18, 1905 Arleta Park, January 15, 1906 Miramar, February 19, 1906 Grandview Terrace,  April 9, 1906 Farallone City, June 2, 1906 Lipton-by-the-Sea, September 27, 1906 Manhattan Beach, March 18, 1907 … Continue reading

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Ocean Shore Railroad: Angelo Misthos Tells Us What You Didn't Know

Hello June. Some of your readers interested in the Ocean Shore R.R. may not know that efforts to resurrect it began almost as soon as it was abandoned. Jack Wagner’s THE LAST WHISTLE is the best reference. I recall several … Continue reading

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…Ocean Shore Railroad Pamphlets…& Books…

These were published long after the Ocean Shore Railroad expired by the Western Railroaders. Here’s Barbara Vanderwerf’s acclaimed book (and the only one that focuses on “Granada“.) More recently, former Pacifica Tribune editor, Chris Hunter, wrote a well-received book about … Continue reading

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When Vines Covered the Moss Beach Train Station

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Angelo Misthos, OSRR Buff & John Vonderlin Fan, Says

(Photo: Is this the Ocean Shore Railroad smokin’ through Pacifica?) Mr. Vonderlin, I’ve enjoyed reading Half Moon Bay Memories and El Granada Observer as well as your Pescadero Memories, particularly references to the OSRR, which I became acquainted with in … Continue reading

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