|1914 USGS Map showing Moss and the PVCRR trackage.|
|The destroyed pier at Moss in 1906, from the roof of a PVCRR box car.|
(Pat Hathaway Collection)
|Broken PVCRR tracks after the 1906 earthquake. (Bancroft Library)|
|Moss Landing spur track with the power plant at left and the switch (station point) at right, 1965. (US Geologic Survey)|
The Pajaro Valley Consolidated Railroad stop for Moss Landing was located 9.8 miles from the company's Watsonville station (roughly 0.1 miles from its switch with the SP at Watsonville) and 17.4 miles from Spreckles. The facilities at Moss Landing included a wye, 42 car-lengths of track (roughly 1,500 feet), and two spurs catering to local freight concerns. The PVCRR allowed passenger and freight service on all of its trains at all of its stops. Moss Landing Station was abandoned in 1928 and the tracks pulled in 1931.
|Moss Landing switch as of 2004. Clearly the track is not heavily used|
anymore, if it is used at all. (HistoryHunters.net)
Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
Pajaro Valley Consolidated station: 36˚N 47' 57.551", 121˚W 47' 9.602"
Southern Pacific station: 36˚N 47' 54.211", 121˚W 45' 10.023"
The site of the Pajaro Valley Consolidated Railroad's Moss Landing Station is approximately at the site of the Moss Landing KOA Express park, at the junction of Moss Landing Road and Sandholdt Road. A spur ran beside Sandholdt to the beach while the wye made up much of the center of this jetty.
The Southern Pacific station at Moss Landing is still located just north of the intersection of Dolan Road and the Union Pacific mainline track, where an overpass runs above the tracks. There were never many services there since most activity took place within the power plant itself. Access to both the tracks and the power plant is restricted to the appropriate staff and since the track is still considered active, trespassing is not encouraged.
Citations & Credits:
- "History", Moss Landing Harbor District.