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ATSF - San Francisco Bay Ferries


M/V Paul P. Hastings

China Basin, CA.

Photo taken by Steve Lang

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"There were many routes across the bay over the years. At the height of freight ferry operations, Santa Fe tugs and barges called at many slips around the bay. A slip at the foot of Alice St. in Oakland served isolated Santa Fe industrial trackage. Across the Oakland estuary, a slip at the foot of Sherman St. in Alameda, California, where short line Alameda Belt Line (owned half and half by Western Pacific Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad) received cars from its parent roads. This slip was abandoned around 1970, and thereafter, Southern Pacific Railroad delivered Alameda Belt Line cars via their Fruitvale lift bridge in Oakland. Santa Fe tugs also served the State Belt Railroad's slip at Pier 43 in San Francisco, and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad's slip at Tiburon in Marin County.

The final route for the cross-bay service went from the ferry slip in Richmond, California on the east side of the bay to China Basin on the west side of the bay. China Basin is on the San Francisco Peninsula just south of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. The 10.4-mile (16.7 km) voyage usually took about an hour and twenty minutes each way." (Wikipedia)

Ship Info:

M/V Edward J. Engel: Built 1945. Sold to a private ship collector 1969.

M/V Paul P. Hastings: Built 1945. Sold to AmNav Maritime Corporation ca. 1984

M/V John R. Hayden: Built 1945. Sold to Marine Leasing Corp. 1976


Ferries across San Francisco Bay on Railroad (ATSF)
Richmond, San Francisco County, California, and Alameda County, California
No Longer In Operation
Service began 1900; Service ended 1984
- Consolidated Steel Corporation of Wilmington, California & Orange, Texas (M/V Edward J. Engel; 1945)
- Marietta Manufacturing Co. of Point Pleasant, West Virginia (M/V Paul P. Hastings)
- Tampa Marine Corporation of Tampa, Florida (M/V John R. Hayden)
- Alameda Belt Line (ABL)
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- State Belt Railroad
- Western Pacific Railroad (WP)
Ferry crossing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.77162, -122.38557   (decimal degrees)
37°46'18" N, 122°23'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/554112/4180653 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Francisco North
Inventory number
BH 55611 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • July 30, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • March 16, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • September 6, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • February 21, 2013: Added by Luke Harden