A ‘fool proof’ solution to railroad crossings from 1927

It was billed as a “Making Highways Fool Proof; Object Lesson from San Diego” back in December 1927.

The California Highways and Public Works magazine report on the new bridge over the Santa Fe Railroad Tracks at the north end of Del Mar was heralded as great improvement for safety, as cars and trains would no longer tangle.

“Now we have a separation of grades at the crossing,” wrote an enthusiastic author in the California Division of Highways. “It is safe for the motorist — and the train engineer can approach the Del Mar without heart failure.”

We still drive that bridge today. It’s located at the north end of the business district, where Jimmy Durante Boulevard splits off for the Fairgrounds.

Thanks as always to archive.org for preserving these documents and making them available. Want to make it your San Diego day trip? Grab a copy of Joyrides Around San Diego or the individual Quintessential California on Amazon Kindle.

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