#184 Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway

California at Civic -- 1911

Spearheaded by business leaders such as James Stow, electricity came to Walnut Creek around 1910 and, with it, electric rail service. The Oakland, Antioch & Eastern – later Sacramento Northern --  inaugurated service to Walnut Creek from Bay Point in 1911 and, eventually, provided passenger and freight service from Sacramento through Walnut Creek and on to Oakland and the San Ramon Valley. The train tracks ran along today’s California Boulevard, and the depot stood at this corner, where passengers could board and freight from the adjacent Walnut Growers’ Processing Plant could be loaded.