Berkeley once had a station worthy of the title (top view). A classic Spanish style Southern Pacific Depot with the iconic round-tile roof and adobe arched walls. That style of station once dominated the central and southern regions of California.
This old station now houses a sports bar and hoffbrau called Brennan's. The popular tavern dates back to The Fifties and used to be in a building next to the depot. That building that has been torn down.
The Berkeley Amtrak 'Station' - (a stop actually) - is now beneath the University Avenue overpass (bottom view). The underside of the road surface serves as its roof. The wind and the rain blow through with relative freedom.
Still, Amtrak and the City of Berkeley did pretty well with the hand they were dealt in downsizing and automating this platform. In fact, it is kind of cool - and very Berkeley. Another look, tomorrow...
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