MILITARY RAILROAD OPERATIONS in SAN FRANCISCO

A number of military bases in San Francisco hosted rail operations in years past. Most also rostered their own motive power ranging from small industrial steam locomotives, small diesel electrics and even to a few with large eight-wheel switch engines. Bases with motive power included:
  • Crissy Army Air Field
  • Fort Mason
  • Presidio of San Francisco
  • US Navy Drydock Railroad, Hunters Point
The State Belt Railroad also supporting the military operations with specdial movements, switching services, and the connection to the Class 1s. Roster information where known is noted below along with select photographs.

Crissy Army Air Field

Former air strip located next to the bay in the Presidio of San Francisco. A few hanger building remain is all.

No.

Whyte

Description

Notes

5000

0-6-0T

Porter, cn7460, Built 8/1942

Sold, Hyman-Michaels (D), Los Angeles, CA
Sold, FC Occidental de Mexico #1, Culican, Sinaloa, Mexico

Roster research by Bob Lehmuth

Fort Mason

Major dock and warehouse operation. Many of the wharf spurs remain today in the pavement.

No.

Whyte

Description

Notes

USA
7427

B-B

GE, cn13165, Built 10/1941, 45 ton,
Off center cab

Built for Quartermaster Corps - USA #4546
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA #7427
USATC #7427 Fort Mason
To US Air Force #7427
Sold, Phillips Petroleum Corp #7427, Bartlesville OK
Texas Tank Car Works, San Angelo TX
Hollis and Eastern RR #7427 Hollis OK
Railroad Maint. & Const. Co Irving TX

USA
7428

B-B

GE, cn13166, Built 10/1941, 45 ton,
Off center cab

Built for Quartermaster Corps - USA #4547
Pacific Overseas Air Services, Alameda CA
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA #7428
Port of Olympia #5, Olympia WA
Canadian Forest Products #95, later #300
Jefferson Lake Sulphur, Ft St John, BC Canada
West Coast Transmission Co, Taylor BC Canada

USA
7429

B-B

GE, cn13167, Built 11/1941, 45 ton,
Off center cab

Built for Quartermaster Corps - USA #4548
Pacific Overseas Air Services, Alameda CA
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA #7429
Port of Olympia #4, Olympia WA
Conestoga Equipment Co (D)
Consolidated Rock products (Conrock)#1833, Irwindale CA

USA
7467

B-B

Baldwin, cn67738, Built 7/1943, VO1000

Arnold Army Air Force Engineering Center, #7467, Tullahoma, TN
Holabird Depot #7467, Baltimore MD
Fort Mason #7467, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Army Base #7467, Oakland CA
Tennessee Valley Authority, TN
Tennessee Valley RR Museum, Chattanooga TN

USA
7654

B

Whitcomb, cn13179, Built 3/1940, 20 ton

Built for Quartermaster Corps - USA #2022
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA #7654
Alaska Railroad #60
Structural Metals Co, Seguin, TX

USA
7661

B

Whitcomb, cn13185, Built 9/1940, 20 ton

Built for Quartermaster Corps - USA #2029
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA #7661
Levert - St JohnPlantation #4, St Martinville, LA

Roster research by Bob Lehmuth, Allen Copeland, John Goldie

Presidio of San Francisco

Large base with several warehouses connected to spur lines from the State Belt.

No.

Whyte

Description

Notes

V-1800

B-B

Baldwin, cn71740, Built 4/1945
VO1000

US Army #V1800, Oakland CA
US Army #V1800, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco CA
The Pacific Lumber Co. #104, Scotia, CA
Keota-Washington Transportation #104, Iowa Falls, IA

7453

B-B

Baldwin, cn64407, Built 6/1942

Ft Wingate Ammunition Depot #7453, Ft Wingate NM
Oakland Army Base #7453, Oakland CA
Corps of Engineers #7453, Caven Point NJ
US Army #7453, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco CA
Benicia Arsenal #7453, Benicia CA
M Lummis & Co (D) Richmond CA
Dulien Steel Product (D)
Solano Steel, Oroville CA
Associated Metals #7453

7461

B-B

Baldwin, cn64436, Built 11/1942

Umatilla Ordnance Depot #7461, Hermiston OR
US Army #7461, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco CA
Holabird Depot #7461, Baltimore MD
Patapsco & Black River #358, Baltimore MD, later #141

Roster research by Bob Lehmuth

US Navy Drydock Railroad

Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA

Small switching railroad that was standard gauge and steam and diesel powered. Operated about five miles of track and connected with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Organized in 1940.

No.

Whyte

Description

Notes

6

0-4-0ST

Davenport, cn1599, Built 6/1917

Transfered from USN Mare Island Naval Shipyard #4.
For sale 1/47 via War Assets Admin., Stockton General Depot, Calif.

8

B-B

GE, D/E, 45 ton, cn12933, Built 11/1940, #65-00404

Transferred from USN Bremerton Naval Yard #8.
Transferred to USN Torrance Naval Storage Depot, Torrance, Calif. #L-2; Assigned USN #65-00404 ca. 1949-50

18

B-B

GE, D/E, 50 ton, cn15291, Built 6/1942, #65-00420

New, and present April 1960.

19

2-6-2T

Baldwin, 65 ton, cn57013, Built 9/1923

Purchased from Coos Bay Lumber Co. #19, Marsfield, Ore.; orig. Clear Lake Lbr. Co. #7. Transferred as surplus to Richmond, Calif. 10/23/47, later sent to Stockton, Calif. for dispositon.

?

B-B

Porter, D/E, 50 ton, cn7561, Built 6/1943

New

?

B

Atlas, B/E, 25 ton, cn1280, Built 9/1945

Complete history not known, as 4wh steeple cab battery loco, with batteries in end hoods. Built for US Navy Supply Depot #1, Ft Mifflin, Pa.; to US Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, N.J. (here 8/29); to US Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, Sunnyvale, Calif.; at Hunters Point at some period. For sale at a scrap yard in San Jose, Calif. 1962

?

B-B

Whitcomb, D/E, 80 ton, cn60637, Built 9/1945

Built for Navy Supply Depot, Bayonne, N.J. Trans. to Naval Amm. Depot, Bremerton, Wash.; to Naval Ship Yard,, Hunters Point. after WWII; then USN #65-00421; to Naval Supply Depot, Oakland, Calif. 6/72; sold 9/73 Simon & Sons, Tacoma, Wash.

11

B-B

Whitcomb, D/E, 80 ton, cn60681, Built 11/1945

Built for Naval Shipyard #11, Mare Island, Vallejo, Calif.; trans. to NSY #11, Hunters Point. Still here 10/65. To General Services Admin. for disposition.

5377

B

Battery Locomotive, USN E-9000

X

US NAVY Roster research by Allen Copeland

US MILITARY OPERATIONS on the State Belt

Troops being loaded onto a Pullman hospital car at Crissy Field (probably 1945)