Thus, the history of the Santa Cruz Ocean Shore Depot was sad, much like the history of the railroad itself. The original temporary depot, a simple 10 ft. by 12 ft. shack with windows facing either way down the right-of-way, was all the Ocean Shore ever built for its primary Santa Cruz location. The depot, while located at 0.0 miles down the Ocean Shore's Southern Division tracks, was about 0.7 miles away from the Santa Cruz Union Depot via a small little switchback track near the larger depot's wye. Indeed, the switch was a part of the northern wye and the Southern Pacific made transfers at this site as difficult as possible, even if most of the rolling stock on the southern division of the Ocean Shore was at least partly owned by the Southern Pacific. The depot's precise location correlates closely today with the large Westcliff Townhomes building beside the old Howe Truss Bridge off West Cliff Drive near Bay Street. Originally, there was a footpath for passengers to walk from the end of this bridge to the depot. This location placed it somewhat embarrassingly above the Southern Pacific freight yard, an insurmountable obstacle teasing the Ocean Shore Railroad every day of its existence.
- Rick Hamman, California Central Coast Railways (Santa Cruz: Otter B Books, 2002).
- Chris Hunter, Images of Rail: Ocean Shore Railroad (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2004).
- Duncan Nanney, et al., private notes and correspondence.