Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal
18th August 2010
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff
Opened in May 1939 towards the end of the era of great passenger stations in the USA, the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, now known as Los Angeles Union Station, is a stunning fusion of Spanish Mission Revival and Art-Deco styles. It was originally served by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F. aka Santa Fe) Railway, Southern Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroads, plus street-car/interurban operators the Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway. Today it is served by Amtrak (trans-continental), Amtrak California (regional) and Metrolink (local) trains, it being the hub of the Metrolink heavy and light rail networks. As a result it is a very busy place, as all major railway stations should be. Its original title of "terminal" is due the station having stub end tracks with the approach from the north, thus resulting in a a congested station throat and requiring reversals for through trains. Today light rail services are truly through and there are plans for a southern entrance/exit of 4 heavy rail tracks.
Located just north east of the downtown part of L.A. it is only a few blocks from City Hall, the Los Angeles County Criminal Court, the US District Court and Federal buildings. Due to a pressing schedule, unfortunately my visit was only very brief.
(above left) The Art Deco sign at the entrance on Alameda Street, (above left) the Alameda Street frontage