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final hours

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 11 August 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

This begins a short series saying farewell to the venerable Transbay Transit Terminal in San Francisco. These images were taken at the end of the last evening commute on Friday 06 August 2010 - and on the following morning.

Opened in 1939 - the center was located at First & Mission Streets (near the western terminus of the Bay Bridge). It was originally built to receive the electric trains that ran between San Francisco and Sacramento over the lower deck of the bridge. Over 300 trains a day made the crossing. The upper deck carried all of the automobiles. The trains were discontinued in 1959. The bridge was switched to its present day configuration - carrying westbound vehicles on the upper deck - with eastbound traffic below. The Transbay Terminal was re-designed to accommodate buses traversing the bridge.

This image is from the last few hours left of the building's service. It will be torn down over the next few weeks to make way for a 80 story complex above a world-class transportation hub - to include a high-speed rail link connecting to southern California.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really great work here, very good

11 Aug 2010 5:28am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Always it's a pity to say goobye to these old stations.
Your photo of today is a great one, showing the train as a ghost who never returns!
Very good, Stephen!

11 Aug 2010 6:09am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


11 Aug 2010 9:30am

JPS from Le Havre, France

Ghost train or a moment in time.. Nice urban desert...

11 Aug 2010 9:43am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

This is a great image.The ghost train fits the story nicely.. It´s just a shame that pieces of history like this have to be torn down to make way for the "future"

11 Aug 2010 10:15am

k@ from Paris, France

I'm a great fan of images of trains & stations, their speed, their mood and here i'm delighted with both ! Nostalgia runs on your tracks, man !

11 Aug 2010 10:54am

Marcie from Newton, United States

What a wonderful project - recording the last of these historic stations. Looking forward to the series.

11 Aug 2010 11:50am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Whoa, that one flew right by me! At least you got it on camera...

11 Aug 2010 1:01pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

0o0h !!
Fantastic !

11 Aug 2010 4:53pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

great documentation here. excellent image!

11 Aug 2010 5:14pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Looks like we are in for a good documentary here, sometimes I hate to see these old places go (in the name of progress no doubt.)

11 Aug 2010 5:24pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

11 Aug 2010 6:09pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow - yes great documentary as well and the blur motion will soon stop. Amazing

11 Aug 2010 9:11pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful image with the ghost train and the curve of the structure. It also has an eerie mood to it sans any people. Looking forward to the series.

12 Aug 2010 3:00am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

excellent motion - can't wait to see the rest of this series

12 Aug 2010 3:55pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Pity that they will be gutting the building, but lucky us to have the benefit of this awesome shot !! Nice way to start this essay.....look forward to more.....

12 Aug 2010 11:26pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


21 Aug 2010 5:49am