We Arrive At LA Union Station (Page Three)
The train leaves Union Station at 7:30 so you must get up early
Platinum Limousine Service At Your Service
Nancy gets the kids ready to go (Courtesy of Hans)
"Good morning to you!" (Courtesy of Hans)
Right on time... The transportation fleet was ready, willing, and able
It is a "party bus" (Courtesy of Hans)
"Great, we have room!" (Courtesy of Hans)
We had mucho entertainment
Frank was about to demonstrate his new hobby.... Pole Dancing
Old Ranch... We will see you in about twelve hours
Gwen is going to strangle her brother Greg if he gets everyone laughing again
Arrival At Union Station
Arrival... Safe and "sound"
The drivers were indeed gentlemen!
Tom is in such a hurry he "scampers" into the station
Our chariots depart until 8pm this evening
We Are There... Time To Assemble
Did You Know? - The station opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing the older La Grande Station and Central Station. One of a number of union stations built in the early 1900s it served trains from the Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railways. Built on a grand scale, Union Station became known as "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
It's beautiful... Even at 7:00 am
We meet up with those traveling directly to the station
Like herding cats (Courtesy of Hans)
Checking the status.... Train 1761 is boarding on Gate E, Track 10, Platform B at 7:30! Yeah!
It's easy... Follow me! (Courtesy of Hans)
Kerstin is ready to go... (Courtesy of Hans)
No no! The lanyard is to be dangled! Jeri does offer beer removal services
Checking it twice (Courtesy Of Jose Mancera)
The picture is NOT out of focus... Sue had her foot on the accelerator....
So.... No Herbie... Paul goes looking around....
Up and down the ramps
On other trains
On the other side of our train
Compare the old cars to the new ones....
Did You Know? - Santa Fe opened La Grande Station on July 29, 1893. The station was unique for Southern California in its Moorish-inspired architecture
La Grande Station was the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's (Santa Fe) main passenger terminal in Los Angeles, California, until the opening of Union Station in 1939.
Heavy damage from the Long Beach earthquake of 1933 meant the last operating years of the station were spent in a state of disrepair as portions of the building had to be removed for the safety of passengers. When Union Station opened in 1939, Santa Fe moved all of its passenger services there and the building was demolished thereafter.
California Limited circa 1899 in Los Angeles
Did You Know? - The California Limited was one of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and a workhorse of the railroad. It carried train Nos. 3 & 4 and ran between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.
The line was conceived by company president Allen Manvel as a means to "signify completion of the basic Santa Fe system." Manvel felt he could attract business and enhance the prestige of the railroad with daily first-class service from Chicago to the West Coast. The California Limited, billed as the "Finest Train West of Chicago," made its first run on November 27, 1892.
The California Limited was the first Santa Fe train to feature Fred Harvey Company meal service. The later trains also offered air conditioning, a barber, beautician, steam-operated clothing press, even a shower-bath. The Limited was also the first train in the Santa Fe system to have its observation cars fitted with illuminated drumheads, which bore the train's name over the company's logo.
The California Limited was withdrawn on June 15, 1954, giving it the longest tenure of any train on the Chicago-Los Angeles run of the Santa Fe.
Come on in! (Courtesy Of Jose Mancera)
Is everybody seated?? (Courtesy Of Jose Mancera)