In Montclair Village, we have old trestles on Mountain Blvd that are rather unadorned. They might be something you haven’t noticed much before, but are two concrete hulks lining the street as you head south from the Montclair School into the commercial district.
Some other places, like the City of Pinole, have decorated their train trestles in lovely ways. Makes you start to put two and two together, right?
During an Oakland Heritage Alliance tour of Montclair, which we took last summer, the docent pointed out the old train route. All the vestiges are pretty obvious when you look carefully. Just check out the Pocket Park at the Moraga and Thornhill intersection, our now well-marked entry. Or take a walk up Shepherd Canyon, which is now getting love from the Friends of Montclair Railroad Trail.
What’s been left behind are the huge concrete trestles on Mountain Blvd. We have discovered interested parties who are beginning to ponder the possibilities – and I’m interested too! There’s strength in numbers here, due to the aesthetic and cultural impact of filling these blank slates. If you want to contemplate and help, then please reach them: firstname.lastname@example.org.