Surrounded by barbed-wire fence lies an old Bay Area relic: the abandoned railroad roundhouse in Bayshore, just south of San Francisco.
The Bayshore Roundhouse was built between 1907 and 1910. Originally designed as a 40-stall Roundhouse, only 17 stalls were built under cover, the remaining outdoor tracks were called “Whisker” tracks.
From 1911 to 1958 the Roundhouse, rail yard, track crews and shops employed as many as 3,000 people. Following the end of Steam power in 1958, the Roundhouse was used for stabling diesel locomotives. The workforce was gradually reduced and the shop buildings closed. The last day of work at Bayshore was Monday, October 25, 1982. In 1989 the Bayshore yards were sold. In October 2001 a fire started on one side of the Roundhouse, but was contained by the quick action of the Brisbane Fire Department and Brisbane Public Works Department.