Pacific Coast Railway
Reporting mark: PCR
The Pacific Coast Railway is a defunct 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railway in the Central Coast of California. Not to be confused with the Pacific Coast Railroad Company, a tourist operation in nearby Santa Margarita, California, near Atascadero which has operated since 2000.
Originally a 10 mile (16 km) link from San Luis Obispo to Avila Beach and Port Harford, it later built southward to Santa Maria and Los Olivos, with branches to Sisquoc and Guadalupe.
Although much of the line's traffic was agricultural freight, the development of oilfields in the Santa Maria valley gave it much business, and probably extended its life considerably.
An interesting feature, unusual for a narrow gauge railway, was that the Santa Maria to Guadalupe branch was electrified with three locomotives and one motor car.
Avila Truss Bridge No. 5
(San Luis Obispo County, California)Built 1883, converted to automobile bridge around 1941, abandoned 1967, collapsed 1981Lost Pratt bhrough truss bridge over San Luis Obispo Creek on Pacific Coast Railway/Avila Beach DriveCollapsed. One concrete peir remains.
PCR - Arroyo Grande Creek Bridge (Old)
(San Luis Obispo County, California)Built 1893; Replaced 1911Lost Howe through truss bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Pacific Coast RailwayReplaced by a new bridge