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Train a comin’ through town!

By Eric Kurhi
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 3:03 pm in Alameda County, Ashland, Cherryland, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, Transportation, Union City.

UPDATE: They changed the route at the last minute this morning. Not sure why, but the train came through town on the less-used rails closer to the shoreline off Industrial Boulevard, then hooked up through Newark to Niles before continuing its route. An unfortunate bypass of the more populated parts of Hayward. I asked avid train chaser and Lamorinda Sun editor Sam Richards about it and he said not to take it personally — railroads change their routes all the time like that and often run late.

An old Union Pacific steam-powered locomotive is on tour in the area, and will be making a run from Oakland to Stockton on Wednesday morning.

According to the UP tracking site, our leg will bring it through San Leandro, Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward and Union City! It is scheduled to leave Oakland at 9 a.m. and arrive in Stockton around 11:30 a.m., so those with an inkling to see some vintage steam action should plan accordingly.

The planned course follows the rails next to the BART tracks, down San Leandro Street, Western Boulevard and Whitman Street.

We’re trying to figure out the best spot along the route to watch this magnificent machine chug through. Any suggestions?

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  • J. W. Kyle

    Whitman, north of A street would be a good spot as would the new HARD Park and AMTRACK STATION, JUST SOUTN OF A STREET. IT FOLLOWS THE BART TRACK AND PASSES UNDER NILES CANYON RD. UNTIL IT CROSSEES ALAMEDA CREEK. ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE CREEK IT TURNS EAST… WINDING THROUGH AND USING A TUNNEL PART OF THE WAY UNTIL IT REACHES SUNOL. IT DIOES NOT GO INTO THE OLD mISSION bLVD OVER CROSSING NEAR CENTRAL NILES. tHAT SEWCTION IS LIMIYTED TO THE RAIL PRESERVATION FELLAS WHO HAVE A COLLECTION OF OLD RAIL CARS AND LOCOMOTIVES.

    IF YOU HAVE TIME AND INTEREST…..
    A GOOD PLACE TO REALLY SEE IT MOVE WOULD BE STANLY BLVD IN lIVERMORE, OUT NEAR THE GRAVEL/QUARRY OPERTATIONS, WHICH IS A lONG STRAIGHT STRETCH OF RAILS.IT WILL NEED TO ACQUIRE SOME SPEED BECAUSE THE INITIAL GRADE INTO THE ALTAMONT PASS AREA IS FAIRLY STEEP.

    IF YOU HAVE A MOVIE/VIDEO CAMERA THIS MIGHT BE YOUR BEST BET TO GET NEAR THE RAILS, WATCH IT APPROACH AND THEN PASS BY AT CLOSE DISTANCE. I’D SUGGEST YOU GET THERE NO LATER THAN 9:30 WHICH WILL PROVIDE TIME TO SET UP A TRI-POD POSITION NEAR THE RAILS.