Santa Fe, South Pasadena, Olga
|Westbound toward Union Station, past "Olga" circa 1970.|
View from alley that parallels Hawthorne.
Can anyone ID the train?
There were no fences; us kids were always fooling around on the tracks. No adult supervision. The east bounds would throttle down as they approached Indiana Avenue. That distinctive change of pitch was thrilling. Wish I had a recording of it. All those grade crossings. It must have been crazy from an engineer's perspective.
Looking west toward Indiana Ave. Circa 1970
"Olga" was on left easement between ally and tracks.
|View of "Olga" westbound from Gold Line train.|
Sound barrier parallels alley.
Seeing the passengers in the windows of the shiny silver Santa Fe coaches always made me wish I was on the train. The only time I ever traveled that stretch while it was still standard gauge was in the early 1970's. For a brief period there were some private rail excursions around the time Amtrak took over. I don't remember who sponsored them. I remember one of the trips was called "Spring Time In Tehachapi" I've got some photos of those trips. All this returned to my memory when I was taking the Gold Line into L.A. the other day. Anybody out there remember this stuff?