The San Francisco Bay Railroad is a Class 3 short-line railroad that serves the City of San Francisco and the Port of San Francisco, and also operates a rail terminal in Richmond California. We are independently owned and operated, and virtually all of our employees live and work in the community we serve. Our core business is moving various commodities for several shippers and the Port of San Francisco and Richmond, to and from our railyard for interchange with the Union Pacific Railroad, and the BNSF (Richmond only). We have large railyards and lay down areas for your shipping needs. We can handle up to 300 rail cars for storage or transload services. We provide 24 hour 365 days a year service to our customers.


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San Francisco Bay Railroad prides itself on being environmental stewards. We practice what we preach and encourage shippers in the Bay Area to ship goods via rail, which can reduce their carbon footprint by 90%. If your business does not have a rail spur but you want to save money and the environment, we can transload your goods to/from trucks for local delivery to our railyard.

Miles of Track: 5 miles
Equipment: ALCO #23, ALCO #25, Trackmobile
Annual Volume: 4,800 rail cars
286K Compliant
Commodities Shipped: Aggregates, Ash, Bio-Diesel, Cement, Steel, Tallow, Waste
Transloading Capacity: 5 Cranes up to 40 tons lift capacity
Connecting Railroads:  Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF (Richmond only)
Operations Began: 2000

Benefits of shipping by rail and using the San Francisco Bay Railroad:
* The first railroad in the U.S. to exclusively use biodiesel
* Save money compared to trucks for shipments 200 miles +
* Reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by up to 90%.
* Rail is up to 16 times safer than long haul trucking according to the USDOT.
* Increase on-site productivity by needing as few as 1/10 the trucks per job.
* A 100-car freight train moves the equivalent of 400 truckloads.
* A freight train will move one ton of cargo 436 miles on one gallon of fuel.
* SFBR uses a herd of goats instead of pesticides to control vegetation.
* If 10% of long haul freight now moving by truck moved by rail, annual greenhouse emissions in the U.S. would fall by more than 10 million tons.
* Freight rail is mass transit for cargo.