As explained by a railroad afficianado: this image depicts Classic western "smaller town" station architecture where the operator's family lives upstairs. Just as today when an airline pilot gives passengers a weather report and describes heights and wind conditions, the railroads were fascinated with elevations and distances to the next city of consequence in either direction. For Livermore I wonder if it was Oakland on the West and Sacramento on the East? Or Tracy? Stockton? Maybe Salt Lake City?"
"Elevation 486" depicts Livermore's station which is the only building remaining in this area of re-redevelopement.