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The 16th Street Station is one of three original train stations that
served Oakland, California at the start of the 20th century. The
building was designed by architect Jarvis Hunt who was a preeminent
train station architect at that time and the facility opened in 1912. For
many decades, the 16th Street Station was a major railroad station
of the Southern Pacific railroad in Oakland as well as local commuter
services such as the East Bay Electric Lines via elevated platforms. It
was a companion (or "city station") for the Oakland Terminal, which
was located two miles away on the Oakland Pier. The Terminal, also
known as the "Mole", was demolished in 1960, leaving the 16th
Street Station as the major Oakland rail hub. It suffered significant
damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and was closed. Its
railroad function has since been replaced by the major Amtrak station            Old Oakland SP depot seen from I-880. SP suburban trains
in nearby Emeryville. Amtrak service ended on August 5, 1994. [1]                      platforms in front; 16th St. tower visible at left.

The station is located in West Oakland at 16th and Wood Streets,
adjacent to and visible from the Interstate 880 connector ramps of the
MacArthur Maze. The station buildings remain, largely intact, including
the switchman's tower and ironwork elevated platforms which, before
the completion of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, were
utilized by commuter trains of SP's East Bay Electric Lines.
The station was purchased in 2005 by BUILD, an affiliate of BRIDGE
Housing, is being restored as part of a local redevelopment
project [2][3] and will not be used as a railroad station again. The
tracks of the Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) main line were
moved westward in the 1990s and today run on the other side of I-
880, leaving the station isolated.
                                                                                    Oakland 16th Street Station, main entrance, December
The station was used in films such as Funny Lady and Hemingway &
                                                                                                            2007
Gellhorn.
The original 16th Street depot was a smaller wood structure, built at a
time when the site was on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. In the intervening years, the shoreline was filled in and now
lies nearly a mile west.
Passenger train access in Oakland is now via the Jack London Square station, the Coliseum station, and the nearby
Emeryville station.

References
   1. ^ National Association of Railroad Passengers (August 19, 1994). "Hotline #839" . Retrieved 2012-07-31.
   2. ^ Shuttered but not forgotten: 16th Street depot ready for rebirth, by Cecily Burt (Oakland Tribune; December 28, 2008; originally
      published at http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/ci_11326325)
   3. ^ 16th Street Station Reuse Planning Process

External links
  Media related to 16th Street Station, Oakland, California at Wikimedia Commons
   Bay Area Rail Fan
   Katherine Westerhout      , photographer KQED Spark! episode on 16th Street Station, April 1, 2009             , including interior
  views of station.


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