Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:00 PM
What's the issue getting to San Francisco? There's a bus linking the Texas Eagle to the California Zephyr. And Emeryville is only 7 miles from San Francisco, with full-service buses including checked-in baggage to the San Francisco Ferry Building.
I really can't see Amtrak actually running trains to San Francisco. The topography just isn't amenable because it would just be a strange looking spur, and building a railroad bridge or tube just isn't going to happen along with the practical impossibility of building rail lines into San Francisco from across the bay.
Even during the height of passenger train travel, San Fransciso was never served directly from points north and east. Only Coast Line trains and the Penninsula commutes from the south served San Francisco directly.
The Ferry Building was San Francisco's primary intercity rail passenger terminal until 1958, all trains to and from the east, north, and south via the Valley connected to the ferries at the Oakland Mole. After 1958, bus connections were run, much like they are today.
Edited by zephyr17, 30 May 2013 - 04:01 PM.
Pre Amtrak: SP Coast Daylight, AT&SF San Diegan, AT&SF Super Chief, D&RGW Rio Grande Zephyr
Amtrak: Southwest Limited/Chief, San Diegan/Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, Cascades, California/San Francisco Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Sunset Limited (LA-Orlando), Desert Wind, Pioneer, City of New Orleans, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Lake Shore Limited, Cardinal, Hoosier State (Amtrak), Hoosier State (Iowa Pacific), Ann Rutledge, Adirondack, Maple Leaf, NE Regional, Capitol Limited
Via Rail Canada: Via Canadian (CP route), Via Super Continental, Via Atlantic Limited, Via Hudson Bay, Via Skeena, Via Canadian (CN route), Via "Corridor" (Toronto-Montreal)
Other: BC Rail Cariboo Dayliner, Alaska Railroad, Eurostar, Thalys, DB, Netherlands Rail, Austrian Railways, BR, Korail (conventional), Korail KTX