At first glance, this old, decaying infrastructure might look like something that was a complete failure. However, quite the opposite is true. This is the Bayshore Roundhouse, once one of the most thriving train yards in the country, and considered to be the jewel of Southern Pacific Railways coast division.
It was built in the early 20th century, just outside San Francisco, on debris left from the devastating Bay Area earthquake of 1906. Steam locomotives were sent to the Roundhouse for maintenance and repairs after journeying up and down the California coast. Over 10,000 trains were serviced here and 3,000 people employed, for half a century.
In the 1950's steam engines began to be replaced by diesel engines that were more reliable and efficient. The world of travel itself changed drastically as well. As automobile and flight technology improved, more and more people chose to travel by car or plane. Eventually Bayshore became a storage facility for old trains, and then in 1982, work at the yard stopped all together.
After that, the Bayshore Roundhouse became an abandoned ghost town. There were once over 200 roundhouses in California, three in San Francisco alone, but now Bayshore remains the only standing brick roundhouse in the entire state. It may be old and decaying, but it symbolizes an exciting period in the advancement of transportation technology in America.