Amtrak station in oakland

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C.W. Dellums Amtrak Station,  Second Street Oakland, CA

Oakland, California — You learn to love the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to amenities such as water taxis, BART, and Amtrak Train, which stops at Jack London Square in Oakland.  C.W. Dellums Amtrak Station was opened in to replace the historic Central Station, structurally damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake of  

Routes severed at this station include: Coast Starlight, San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor.

The beautiful train station in Oakland with a big clock and sleek blue-green glass is owned by the Port of Oakland, and tracks are owned by the Union Pacific Railroad.  The architectural & design teams responsible for this elegant station were VBN Architects and /CH2M HILL design. In the overview of the project, considerations included an opportunity for the new railroad station to create a monument to railroad heritage. Specific to the selected site along the Embarcadero with proximity to the marinas, shops, restaurants and other businesses of Jack London Square, the location was  optimum to fulfilling the various goals.

Property owner, the Port of Oakland,  saw a unique opportunity to create an intercity transcontinental rail hub station for both the City of Oakland and Northern California. It was the operator of major shipping and aviation port facilities, and owner of the adjacent Jack London Square properties. The new station consolidated rail and bus passenger service.

For esthetics, the look & the feel were to reflect the sense of history and place that Jack London Square maintains with its Heinhold's Last Chance Saloon and the historic waterfront. History was not lost in the project, but artfully put into play through the vaulted, exposed interior truss work seen in 19th century northern Europe rail stations. Elements such as the cavernous interior of another Oakland station, the "Mole," and a pedestrian overpass designed with massive truss members reminiscent of 19th century railroad trestle bridges worked well for the overall look & feel of the project.

The train station, a  pedestrian overpass and tower structure providing access to the station from the parking lot on the other side of the tracks, and the platform canopy were the three major components of the project that all had to tie into one another. 

To recapture the grandeur of train stations from the past, the new Oakland station was built with a double vaulted roof over a 5,sq.ft. atrium. During the day natural light brightens the interior, and the feeling of airiness is amplified by the high, delicate curves of the intersecting trusses. At night the sculptural character of the interior truss work can be seen through the glass exterior of the atrium.  The beauty of the project is the way historic elements such as 19th century style truss work contrasts, yet blends with the modern, gracefully curving, intersecting vault of cylindrical and elliptic forms.

The building is a steel frame structure that includes a system of wide flange beams and tube steel columns to support gravity loads in the office section. The roof truss is placed upon upon steel wide-flange columns to support gravity loads in the atrium. Eight load-bearing points around the periphery of the roof, with the load transferred at the four corners and two transverse trusses works well, and the structure is tied together for lateral load resistance.

An interesting challenge to the bridge construction was the requirement that the trains on the track below continue their normal operations, unimpeded by the project. The pre-installation work was performed at a warehouse two miles away and transported to the site for the assembly between 2 and 4 a.m. on Sunday mornings when no trains were scheduled.

Prefabrication of a foot-long span that was placed between two towers as a single unit worked like a charm, thanks to precise engineering.  The tower legs and cross members were initially set into place, waiting for the arrival of the connecting span. Oakland police escorted the huge transport bringing the connecting span from the warehouse to the location on a Sunday morning at 2 a.m. during a torrential rainstorms.

As the pieces fit precisely into place and the welders gave the nod, a crowd cheered and the bridge was unofficially christened in the middle of the night.


Oakland – Jack London Square station

"Oakland station" redirects here. For the historic station in Maryland, see Oakland station (Maryland). For the rapid transit station in Atlanta, Georgia, see Oakland City station.

Oakland – Jack London Square (in full, Oakland – Jack London Square / C. L. Dellums Station) is a train station in Jack London Square of Oakland, California, United States. It is officially named after C. L. Dellums, co-founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The station is served by Amtrak'sCapitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, and San Joaquins trains.[6] Through Thruway buses, this station is one of two that serves San Francisco, the other being Emeryville.

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Oakland was the tenth-busiest in FY, boarding or de-training an average of about 1, passengers daily.[7]


Interior of Jack London Square station, October

The station opened on May 22, , as a replacement for 16th Street Station, which had been severely damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake. A building next to the old station was used as the temporary stop until August 5, [8] Southern Pacific's downtown station on the north side of 1st Street between Franklin Street and Broadway was a passenger stop until Oakland–San Jose service ended in [9][10]:&#;7&#;

With its opening, Jack London Square inherited 16th Street Station's longtime role as the western terminus for the California Zephyr. Nearby Emeryville had temporarily been the western terminus from to Due to the station's location, westbound trains had to execute a reverse move along street running tracks to reach the wye at West Oakland. For this reason, the Zephyr was cut back to Emeryville in [10]

It is named for C. L. Dellums, a longtime Oakland resident and the co-founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; a statue of Dellums stands outside the station.[10]:&#;42&#;

The station is owned by the Port of Oakland. The tracks along 1st Street are owned by Union Pacific Railroad.[11]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

A San Joaquintrain at the station in July


The station is served by the following AC Transitroutes:[12][13]

  • Route 12 - daily service between Downtown Oakland and West Berkeley
  • The Free Broadway Shuttle.

Most Thruway buses to and from San Francisco connect at Emeryville, as Jack London Square is further from the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. However, Oakland is the San Francisco connection point for passengers on the southern half of the Coast Starlight, as well as for some Thruway buses that run along the coast to Southern California.


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  3. ^"Official-Draft SJJPA Business Plan Update"(PDF). San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. SJJPA. Archived from the original(PDF) on 29 April Retrieved 28 April
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  5. ^"Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year , State of California"(PDF). Amtrak Government Affairs. November Retrieved June 3,
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  11. ^"OAKLAND - JACK LONDON SQUARE, CA (OKJ)". Great American Stations (Amtrak). Retrieved 15 August
  12. ^"Line 12"(PDF). AC Transit. Retrieved 11 December
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C. L. Dellums Amtrak Station, Oakland, California 1

C. L. Dellums Amtrak Station was designed by VBN Architects and is located at Second Street, Oakland, California. The station, which is only the 2nd new railroad train station to be constructed in the past years, opened in and serves more than 30 passenger trains each day.

The majority of the trains that stop at the station are on the Capitol Corridor route, between Sacramento and San Jose. It is also the origination or final destination for eight San Joaquin daily trains which run to Bakersfield. The station also serves the northbound and southbound Coast Starlight train route.

Named in honor of longtime Oakland resident C. L. Dellums, who organized the Pullman Car Porter's Union.

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16th Street station (Oakland)

16th Street station (Oakland Central) is an abandoned Southern Pacific Railroad station in the Prescott neighborhood of Oakland, California, United States. The Beaux-Arts building was designed by architect Jarvis Hunt, a preeminent railroad station architect, and opened in The station has not been served by trains since


Southern Pacific[edit]

The original station in

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. It was replaced in by a Beaux-Arts building designed by architect Jarvis Hunt.

For decades the 16th Street station was the main Oakland station for Southern Pacific (SP) through trains, almost entirely replacing the 7th Street station. It was a companion (or "city station") for Oakland Pier, two miles away, where passengers could board ferries to San Francisco. (After , the ferries were replaced by buses from 16th Street station to the SP's Third and Townsend Depot). The elevated platforms were used for the SP-owned East Bay Electric Lines commuter service (renamed Interurban Electric Railway or IER in ).

IER trains from Berkeley no longer stopped at 16th Street when railroad service over the Bay Bridge opened in January 15, , as the junction from those lines to the bridge was north of the station. When the IER folded in July , portions of some lines were sold to the competing Key System for use by their transbay trains; however, the Key System only served the station with a surface streetcar line on 16th Street, and did not use the elevated platforms.

Major long distance trains from the station included the Oakland Lark (night train to Los Angeles) and the City of San Francisco (to Chicago).[2]

Amtrak and replacement[edit]

Amtrak trains at 16th Street station in

The station also served as the main rail link for points north and east of the Bay Area. San Francisco-area passengers boarded ferries to Oakland Pier, and after boarded buses to 16th Street. Amtrak took over intercity passenger rail services in , and decided to consolidate most Bay Area service in Oakland, leaving San Francisco as one of the largest cities without direct intercity rail service.

The station was severely damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake, but continued serving trains at an adjacent building.[3]Capitols and San Joaquins trains were shifted to the new Emeryville station on August 13, , but long-distance trains continued to use Oakland Central while track work was completed at Emeryville.[4] The Coast Starlight and California Zephyr began stopping at Emeryville on August 5, ; they last stopped at Oakland 16th St. on August [3][5] This left Emeryville as the only Oakland-area stop for Amtrak until the new Oakland – Jack London Square station opened on May 22, [6]

Emeryville largely replaced 16th Street station as the connection point for Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach across the bay in San Francisco (for passengers heading northbound towards Seattle or eastbound towards Chicago, or passengers arriving from the north and east), as Emeryville is closer to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge than Oakland-Jack London Square. However, Jack London Square serves as the San Francisco connection for the Coast Starlight,(for southbound passengers from San Francisco and northbound passengers heading to San Francisco).[7][8]

In the mid s, the adjacent railroad tracks were moved west during the construction of Interstate (to replace the earthquake-destroyed Cypress Street Viaduct), which isolated the station from the tracks. The station buildings are largely intact, including the interlocking tower and ironwork elevated platforms. The station was purchased in by BUILD, an affiliate of BRIDGE Housing, and is being restored as part of a local redevelopment project.[9][10] In , the station was used to stage a local opera company's production of Lulu.[11] As of , the station is being used as a rented space for private events.[12]

In media[edit]

The station was used in films including Chu Chu and the Philly Flash,[13]Funny Lady (as Cleveland station),[14]RENT,[15] and Hemingway & Gellhorn (as a stand-in for the Hotel Florida).[16][17]Mumford & Sons filmed their music video for "Babel" in the station.[18]


  1. ^"Amtrak National Timetable Revised Edition: Fall/Winter /". Amtrak. February 14, p.&#;8 &#; via The Museum of Railway Timetables.
  2. ^Southern Pacific timetable , Tables 60, 61, 95, 96
  3. ^ abSanders, Craig (). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  4. ^"Amtrak opens new station in Emeryville". San Francisco Examiner. August 10, p.&#;A6 &#; via
  5. ^"Emeryville/16th Street saga finally ends". Pacific Rail News. No.&#; October p.&#;4.
  6. ^Vurek, Matthew Gerald (). Images of Modern America: California’s Capitol Corridor. Arcadia Publishing. pp.&#;33, 43, ISBN&#;.
  7. ^"Amtrak Coast Starlight Timetable"(PDF). Amtrak. October 12, Retrieved December 12,
  8. ^"Amtrak California Zephyr Timetable"(PDF). Amtrak. October 5, Retrieved December 12,
  9. ^Burt, Cecily (28 December ). "Shuttered but not forgotten: 16th Street depot ready for rebirth". Oakland Tribune. San Jose, California: MediaNews Group. Retrieved 18 February
  10. ^"16th Street Station Reuse Planning Process". Archived from the original on October 14, Retrieved February 2,
  11. ^Geberen, Janos (April 8, ). "Will Lulu Do a Karenina at West Edge Opera?". San Francisco Classical Voice.
  12. ^"Renting the Station". Retrieved February 2,
  13. ^Glover, Malcolm (October 16, ). "Ferry commuters set their sights on a motion picture's mirage". San Francisco Examiner. p.&#;D2 &#; via access
  14. ^Pollock, Christopher (). Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area. Lulu. p.&#; ISBN&#; &#; via Google Books.
  15. ^Paiva, Troy (). Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration. Chronicle Books. p.&#; ISBN&#; &#; via Google Books.
  16. ^Mendelson, Aaron; Rancaño, Vanessa (October 1, ). "Oakland's historic 16th Street station celebrates centennial, new role in community". Oakland North.
  17. ^Whitlock, Cathy (December 31, ). "The Sets of Hemingway & Gellhorn". Architectural Digest.
  18. ^"Where should Treasure Island Music Festival relocate?". San Francisco Chronicle. October 7,

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