San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad wanted tide water connection, and Mr. Peter Donahue, with characteristic energy, pushed the construction of his line through San Rafael to Point Tiburon.
Many interested citizens took the initial trip. The large, elegantly appointed broad gauge cars fairly flew over the well ballasted marsh, and through the first tunnel to the draw-bridge on Ross Landing Creek, where a stoppage is required. From the draw-bridge to the second tunnel almost equally good time was made, although the road is not yet thoroughly ballasted. The entire trip to San Francisco was made in 57 minutes.