Obituary: Arthur Lloyd, railroad man through and through


A funeral service is set for Saturday, Dec. 17, for Menlo Park resident Arthur Lloyd, a career railroad man, ardent advocate for rail passenger service and columnist for the Almanac on rail and public transit issues.

Mr. Lloyd died peacefully at home on Dec. 4 at the age of 91. With him when he died were his daughters Lynne Rosenberg and Liane Strub.

The funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 178 Clinton St. in Redwood City. A reception at MacArthur Park restaurant in Palo Alto follows the funeral, with free round-trip Caltrain tickets available.

Before he moved to Menlo Park in 2011, Mr. Lloyd was long a resident of Portola Valley and was, until 2014, a longtime member of the boards of Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transit District.

Mr. Lloyd commuted by rail to San Francisco for 40 years and needed no help with time tables in remembering Caltrain schedules, he told the Almanac in 2002. To say he had an interest in rail travel and railroads probably understates the case.

In 1942, according to a CV provided by SamTrans, he signed on as a yard clerk with the San Francisco and Napa Railroad.

He served in the U. S. Army medical corps during World War II, but said that he asked for the transportation corps. After the war, and after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, he became a partner in the Berkeley-based Sequoia Stages/Eastshore Lines intercity bus line in 1946.

He joined the Western Pacific Railroad in San Francisco in 1949 as an information clerk and rose to assistant director of public relations before leaving in 1961 to join a travel service in San Francisco.

In 1971, he joined Amtrak as a sales manager in Washington, D.C., and retired in 1991 as director of public affairs for the Western United States. Amtrak honored him with a "Champion of the Rails" award in 2002.

Mr. Lloyd subsequently joined the SamTrans and Caltrain policy boards. In his March 2014 letter resigning from Caltrain's overseer, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Mr. Lloyd noted the board's arduous effort to preserve the commuter service.

"The fact that a 150-year-old railway is beloved by a new generation of riders is something to be celebrated, and I am proud of my role in making that happen," he wrote.

His railroad associations include the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee, the Coast Rail Coordinating Council, the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association, and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. He was president of California Operation Lifesaver, an organization that promotes railroad safety, and was an adviser to the Golden Gate Railroad Museum.

In 2003, he was appointed secretary to the American Public Transportation Association's Transit Board Committee in Washington, D.C. The committee addresses the concerns of local transit boards throughout the United States, and is responsible for overseeing association policies.

Mr. Lloyd sold his Portola Valley home in 2011 and moved to a Menlo Park condo on Alma Street alongside the Caltrain tracks. At his new home, "he could tell his caregivers whether a train was on time or not each time he heard one passing," Ms. Strub said.

His wife Eleanor Hutson Lloyd preceded him in death in January 2010. Mr. Lloyd is survived by daughters Lynne Rosenberg of La Honda and Liane Strub of Redwood City (and an English teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School); son Lawrence Lloyd of Chico; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


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Posted by Louise68
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Thank you very much for this wonderful and very informative and well-written obituary.

Art was a true legend in the railroad industry, and his passing leaves a huge void that will be very hard to fill. He was a true gentleman, and a consummate professional. His cheerfulness and optimism were infectious, and was always a real pleasure to talk to.

I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Art, and he was always kind, and very willing to go out of his way to help people in the rail industry and also rail enthusiasts.

He had a lot to do with the founding of the California State Railroad Museum, as he was active with the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, whose collection of rolling stock formed the nucleus of the museum’s collection.

He was one of the founding members of the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association, which operates an electric railroad museum in Rio Vista Junction in Solano County.

And I am pretty sure that, most importantly, most of the passenger rail operations here in California owe a lot of their success to his tireless work to promote passenger rail in California.

He wa also a 6th-generation Californian, and was descended in part from the Spanish land-grant Castro family, who owned land that is how part of Mountain View, across which Caltrain now runs. I was told that the former station stop in Mountain View on Rengstorff was named “Castro” because the Castro family had required the railroad to agree to establish a station there before they would allow the railroad lay tracks across their land.

The world is a much better place because Art was in it, and followed his passion for passenger rail.

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Posted by conscious
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Mr. Lloyd was a very sweet and lovely man. He always had a smile and treated people with respect. An absolute jewel!

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