Did you know?
The grassy tree-lined median strip that defines Encinal Avenue from High Street to Fernside Boulevard once housed the rail yard and train station for the narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad.
These trains carried passengers on a bridge across San Leandro Bay and and on to Santa Cruz. The 1906 earthquake destroyed the bridge and put an end to train travel from Alameda to Santa Cruz.
The Southern Pacific Railroad purchased the South Pacific Coast line, converted the tracks to broad gauge and used the yard and station as a turning point for its electric trains. The westbound Big Reds became eastbound trains at this station and vice-versa.