16th Street Station

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Not to be confused with 16th Street Mission.
Oakland 16th Street
Former Amtrak and Southern Pacific inter-city rail station
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Oakland 16th Street Station, main entrance, December 2007
Station statistics
Address 1601 Wood Street
Oakland, California 94607[1]
 United States
Coordinates 37°48′56.1″N 122°17′48.3″W / 37.815583°N 122.296750°W / 37.815583; -122.296750Coordinates: 37°48′56.1″N 122°17′48.3″W / 37.815583°N 122.296750°W / 37.815583; -122.296750
Structure type At-grade
Platforms None remaining
Tracks None remaining
Other information
Opened 1912
Closed August 5, 1994
Station code OAK
Services
  Former services  
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Terminus California Zephyr
toward Chicago
toward San Jose
Capitols
toward Roseville
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
toward Seattle
Terminus San Joaquin
Terminus
Location
Location of the former Oakland 16th Street Amtrak Station
Location of the former Oakland 16th Street Amtrak Station
Location of former Oakland 16th
Street Station within California

The Oakland 16th Street Station (also known as the Oakland Central Station) was one of three train stations in Oakland, California, United States at the start of the 20th century. The Beaux-Arts building was designed by architect Jarvis Hunt, a preeminent train station architect, and opened in 1912. For decades the 16th Street Station was the main Oakland station for Southern Pacific (SP) through trains, with East Bay Electric Lines on the elevated platforms. It was a companion (or "city station") for Oakland Pier, two miles away, which was demolished in 1960. Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) used this station as its main Oakland stop for nearly two decades. The station was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but continued serving trains at an adjacent building. It closed in 1994, having been replaced by the stations in nearby Emeryville and Jack London Square. The last Amtrak train serviced the station on August 5, 1994, after which passengers accessed downtown Oakland via the Emeryville Station, until Jack London Station opened in May 1995.[2]

The former station is located at 16th and Wood Streets in the West Oakland neighborhood of Oakland, with the official address being 1601 Wood Street.[1] It is next to and visible from the Interstate 880 connector ramps of the MacArthur Maze. The station buildings are largely intact, including the interlocking tower and ironwork elevated platforms that carried commuter trains of SP's East Bay Electric Lines until 1941.

Old Oakland SP depot seen from I-880. SP suburban trains platforms in front; 16th St. tower visible at left.

The station was purchased in 2005 by BUILD, an affiliate of BRIDGE Housing, and is being restored as part of a local redevelopment project[3][4] and will not be used as a railroad station again. The tracks of the Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) main line moved westward in the 1990s and now run on the other side of I-880, leaving the station isolated.

The station was used in films such as Funny Lady, RENT and Hemingway & Gellhorn. Mumford & Sons also filmed their music video for "Babel" here.

The original 16th Street depot was a smaller wood structure, built when the tracks were on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. Later the shoreline was filled and now lies nearly a mile west.

Passenger trains now reach Oakland via the Jack London Square station, the Coliseum station, and the nearby Emeryville station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amtrak (14 Feb 1994). "Amtrak National Timetable Revised Edition: Fall/Winter 1993/1994". timetables.org. The Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 8. Retrieved 18 Feb 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hotline #839". www.narprail.org. National Association of Railroad Passengers. 19 Aug 1994. Retrieved 31 Jul 2012. 
  3. ^ Burt, Cecily (28 Dec 2008). "Shuttered but not forgotten: 16th Street depot ready for rebirth". Oakland Tribune (San Jose, California: MediaNews Group). Retrieved 18 Feb 2014. 
  4. ^ 16th Street Station Reuse Planning Process

External links[edit]

Media related to 16th Street Station, Oakland, California at Wikimedia Commons