According to its latest newsletter, the Golden Gate Railroad Museum is still looking for a permanent site. After being evicted from the Hunters Point naval station in San Francisco, the museum found a temporary home at the Niles Canyon Railway. That lasted for several years, but ultimately GGRM was told they needed to relocate elsewhere.
Since then a site search has been underway. For awhile last year it looked like Santa Cruz would be it, but it didn’t happen. Recently there were rumors of a move to Schellville, California, north of San Francisco on the Northwestern Pacific.
According to the newsletter, the Schellville site appears to be an interim measure for temporary storage, rather than a permanent site. Specifically, there is a 1470 foot spur that is a remnant of the abandoned Southern Pacific branch to Santa Rosa. The museum’s hope is to add a second track within the 80-foot wide right of way and erect a temporary shop and shelter for their SP 4-6-2 #2472.
Museum volunteers have been working to prepare its rolling stock for the move. In the meantime, the search for a permanent site continues. The basic site requirements are:
-A flat lot with rail access on one side.
-3 to 10 acres.
-Not a wetland.
-Near power and water.
-Away from homes.
-Not too far from San Francisco.