|The area that would become Edric in 1902, taken in|
1882. Note the southern portal of the Summit Tunnel.
The first mention of Edric coincides with the start of widening along this route in 1902. Although it seems only employee timetables and agency books record the existence of this little freight stop, the dates alone tell of its purpose. While the other three portals of the mile-long tunnels had adjacent towns to support work crews, the southern Summit portal had none and needed a supply base. The banks of Burns Creek and a small open flat just before the Burns Creek Trestle for a spur provided just the space for this operation. Again, in the photograph at left one can observe a structure above and behind the tunnel, wood piles to the left of the trestle, and a small pond to the right. This area was not heavily populated but between Frederick Hihn's logging operations and the town of Laurel nearby, it was also not deserted. In fact, Hihn's logging operations restarted in 1902 in Soquel Creek between Laurel and Edric, with a large operation using a localized railroad and a cable system hauling freight cars up to Laurel station.
|The southern portal after|
reconstruction in 1908.
Repair, enlargement, and upgrading of the southern portal ended in 1908 when a fully-operation standard-gauge train was able to successfully pass through the summit once again, two years after the entire passage had been destroyed. Edric closed up shop soon after, disappearing from timetables and agency books after January 1909. For whom Edric was named after remains a mystery for now.
- Rick Hamman, California Central Coast Railways (Santa Cruz, CA: Otter B Books, 2002).
- Southern Pacific Railroad, Officers, Agencies & Stations, 1902 to 1909.
- Southern Pacific Railroad, Coast Division Time Tables, 1902 to 1909.