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Los Angeles, CA Central Station train station | by kla4067
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Los Angeles, CA Central Station train station

The third and last station Southern Pacific built to serve Los Angeles was Central Station, completed in 1914. It was used by SP until LA Union Station was opened in 1939, then this depot was closed after only 25 years of service. Union Pacific also used this facility from 1924 until 1939. The building sat empty into the 50's when it was eventually demolished.


Central Station was considered for upgrade to become LA's "Union Station" but its location required trains to travel either along city streets or via a new elevated track structure, neither of which was acceptable to City officials. The basic design is quite similar to the large SP stations built in northern California (Sacramento, Stockton, and Oakland) around the same time. All of those northern sisters still survive to this day, but Los Angeles Central is a GHOST STATION!


Link to a view of the crowded interior of this station (NOT taken 1956 as indicated because the station was decommissioned and demolished by then.):


I prefer to post photos of old train stations I take myself - in their current condition, but since this one no longer exists, this old postcard is the best that can be done. From:

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Taken on March 7, 2010