The Departure Was Smooth! (Page Two)
Fullerton Station is a passenger rail and bus station located in Fullerton, California. It is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Southwest Chief trains, and Metrolink's 91 Line and Orange County Line trains. It also serves as a major bus depot for the Orange County Transportation Authority, and is altogether one of the major transportation hubs of Orange County.
This station is notable because it actually has two historic depots on site: one built in 1923 by the Union Pacific Railroad and the other built in 1930 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Both depots are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Santa Fe depot is used as an Amtrak ticket office, passenger waiting area and cafe while the Union Pacific building is occupied by an Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.
Let's Get Underway
Fullerton's railroad connection dates to its founding in 1887 when brothers Edward and George Armerige learned the Santa Fe railway was mapping its westward route into Los Angeles. In a somewhat questionable deal to spur development of their acreage north of Anaheim, the brothers offered to name the new town after the railway's land company president, George H. Fullerton, if he would lay Santa Fe's track across their land. He did and they did!
These Tracks Are Still Busy With 40+ Passenger Trains A Day!
Today, over 40 Amtrak passenger and Metrolink commuter trains rumble through the city each weekday as they travel between Orange County and Los Angeles or San Diego, Chicago and points beyond along with countless Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight trains.
The Gang Of Twenty Are Ready, Kept Behind Bars Until The Train Is Close!
Look carefully, you can spot them readying for the journey!
One must go up and over to get to the other side.... Is this how the chicken did it?
Patience is wearing thin, especially on the kids who want to see the choo choo... Like Mike!
The Freight Trains Come And Go At Breakneck Speeds
On its way to Los Angeles at 60 miles and hour!
It does not look frightening at this distance but let this puppy go by at 60 miles and hour 36 inches from where you are standing and WoW!
The kids behind us are saying to their parents... "Is it really moving?" "How many cars is it pulling?" "How fast is it going?"
Whoosh, the suction is amazing as the train goes by at these speeds.
It does't look like is going fast but it is really moving right along!
OK, We Are Ready To See The Horsies
Robin, Paul & Bobb
Da Train Da Train
It opens its mighty jaws and swallows hundreds of people at a single time!
Here we go!
First stop, Angel Stadium!
Sue & Paul, Robin & Bob... We Got All Caught Up During The Ride!
Sue and Paul
The Beaches Just Flashed By
Arrival At Solano Beach
Now we leave for the Tidewater Cafe and a great dining experience!