Welcome to the Supporter's Gallery

One of the benefits for supporting the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is to obtain a fine archive photograph, as a token of LARHF's appreciation for your patronage. LARHF does not sell photographs. 

  • Active Supporters will receive one 8.5 X 11 photograph of their choice.
  • Premier Supporters will receive two 8.5 X 11 photographs of their choice
  • Patron Supporters will receive one 8.5 X 11 photograph and one matted 11 X 14 print of their choice
  • Benefactor Members may request special 8.5 X 11 photographs of their choosing not seen in the SUPPORTER'S GALLERY plus a matted 11 X 14 print. The benefactor need only make this special request by giving LARHF as much information as possible to identify a particular railroad, geographical location and type of rail equipment (such as steam or diesel, passenger or freight).

Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
La Grange - 1935

This general view of the erecting shop in 1935 of the Electro-Motive Division plant at La Grange, Illinois reveals a lot of fabulous activity. Six "SC" diesel switchers are lined up being assembled. SC stood for S for six hundred horsepower and C for cast meaning the entire underframe was a one-piece casting. This was the first diesel locomotive produced by the La Grange, Illinois factory. The M-10001 City of Portland, although built by the Pullman Company, was having its Winton V-12 diesel engine retrofitted by Electro-Motive due to design problems realized with the original engines. In the background is the #50 boxcab being constructed for the Baltimore and Ohio. This was the first self-contained diesel passenger locomotive in the nation.

 

Los Angeles - MTA
Downtown Los Angeles

Special bound for East First and Indiana Streets seen here in at Los Angeles and First Street about 45 years ago. Pacing this PCC streetcar is "Joe 911," according to the license plate. The streetcar in this picture was evidently privately chartered for this occasion. Not the woman knocking on the door to be let in.

 

Los Angeles Cable Car
"Now Smile For Your Picture"

The two-man crew, posed while the passengers couldn’t be bothered or were asleep. The Spring, Temple & Union Avenue cable car route began at Hoover Street in Dayton Heights and traveled along Temple Street to Main Street, a few blocks from the Plaza.

 

Pacific Electric
Echo Park Local

The Echo Park Local Line was first built as a horse car line in 1889. The streetcar line owned by Pacific Electric ran from a junction at Sunset Boulevard to the end of the line at Cerro Gordo in Elysian Heights. Service from 9th and Hill Streets was every half hour.

 

 

Santa Fe
The Flying F3

On Sunday, January 25, 1948 at approximately 8:45AM, this Santa Fe diesel locomotive, pulling the combined Super Chief and El Capitan from Chicago, was involved in this incredible accident. The lead locomotive, number 19, not responding to its braking system, crashed through the "end-of-track" bumper, across a raodway, climbed the curbing, and crashed through a concrete wall, hanging over Aliso Street approximately 20 feet below.

 

Santa Fe
Helping Hand

Extra No. 3895 (Santa Fe type) lets its heavy freight train down Cajon Pass helping a gleaming set of diesel FT units at a safe 30 miles per hour. The day was September 27, 1947. A stop will be made at Victorville to cut the helper off allowing the diesels to proceed on their own eastbound.

 

Santa Fe
"Mighty Times on Cajon"

The days of mighty steam locomotives were rapidly coming to an end when this photograph was captured. With throttles wide open and reverse gears locked in the notch, Santa Fe No. 3157 a 2-8-2 Mikado helper and No. 2920 a 4-8-4 Northern send steam and smoke skywards as they work east bound tonnage up the west side of Cajon Pass. By 1959 both locomotives had ended up as scrap metal.

 

Santa Fe
San Bernardino Mail Train

Santa Fe's Arroyo Seco steel viaduct bridge between Los Angeles and Pasadena was opened to traffic in 1899. Crossing the bridge in the late 1940s, is the San Bernardino "local" enroute to Pasadena. The Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Pasadena Freeway), without any cars on it, is shown below the bridge.

 

Santa Fe
The Valley Flyer


Late in the 1930s, two, light Pacific type locomotives were semi-streamlined to operate as the "Valley Flyer" from Bakersfield to Oakland. They were intended to compete with the Southern Pacific's streamliners carrying passengers to the San Francisco World's Fair. These locomotives were liveried in an eye-pleasing silver, red, and yellow design. Originally built in 1913, during World War II the Valley Flyer was brought down from the Bakersfield-Oakland area to operate as a section of the San Diegan, later as helpers in the Cajon Pass and finally scrapped in 1951.

 

Southern Pacific
Coast Daylight

Southern Pacific's Coast Daylight, Train No. 99 left Los Angeles headed for San Francisco at 8:15 AM. The all-new 1939 Daylight equipment with 12 cars is seen starting up the Santa Susana Pass traveling at 48 miles per hour. In minutes, Locomotive No. 4429 will reach the summit at Hasson, which is 1,118 feet above sea level.

 

Southern Pacific
Continued Cooperation

On the third of May, 1939, the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal opened on a 45-acre site on North Alameda Street. The opening festivities included a parade along Alameda Street with more than a half-million people watching the procession. The big attraction was a show "Romance of the Rails" staged in front of a 6000-seat amphitheater. The grand finale featured the mainline railroads each providing one of their largest locomotives to roll across the stage. This photograph shows the Southern Pacific's GS-type "Daylight" locomotive in a sea of American flags.

 

Southern Pacific
Daylight into Los Angeles

A bright morning departure in 1954, for the Daylight Train number 99 was being pulled by the impressive GS-4 locomotive number 4452 leaving Los Angeles on its way to San Francisco. Note the track leading off to the left in the lower-left portion of the image; this is the San Diegan turnoff located just in frontof the Mission Tower. The GS-4 represented the high mark in Southern Pacific passenger locomotive design. These engines, with eighty-inch drivers, could develop 5500 horsepower at 55 miles per hour and could reach speeds of 110 mph. The approximate cost of each locomotive was $175,000. There were 27 of these locomotives built by Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, OH.

 

Southern Pacific
In Need of Repair

Helper engine reassembles train after cutting out at Norden Summit having helped X6311E up the mountain. Action takes place under snow sheds. Flash bulb reflects off snow flakes flittering through snow shed. 1957 

 

Southern Pacific
The Lark at Chatsworth

The Chatsworth Rocks, in the Santa Susana Pass, create a dramatic frame for the Southern Pacific Lark, train No. 76, as it emerges from tunnel No. 27 heading into Los Angeles in an early morning in January, 1948. Locomotive #4428 a GS-3 type, was the first GS class to have 80 inch drivers and was built to operate with a maximum speed of 106 miles per hour. Fourteen were built in 1937.

 

Southern Pacific
"Take Your Pick"

A Southern Pacific cab-forward freight No. 2-806, or Santa Fe ALCO PA first section pulling the Grand Canyon, take your pick. Photographed in the Tehachapi at the east switch of the siding at Cable.

 

Union Pacific
Double Heading Through Cajon

Union Pacific's wartime Challenger -powered passenger Train Number 717 thunders upgrade near Frost, California, on a cool spring morning in 1945. It left Salt Lake City at 10:05 a.m., the day before with an arrival time in Los Angeles at 8:35 a.m. In 1943, the Union Pacific and Santa Fe combined averaged 42 passenger trains every 24 hours. An SA-C Class Articulated Consolidation #3559 has been added at Victorville to assist the train up to the summit of Cajon Pass.

 

Union Pacific
M-10001

The Union Pacific's M-10001 was the second streamliner built by the Union Pacific in 1934. The UP's first, the City of Salina was completed early in 1934 to be followed by this train, the City of Portland. It is similar to the M-10000 only twice as long. The new transcontinental streamliner consisted of three units similar to the M-10000 plus three Pullman sleeping cars. In October 1934 the City of Portland ran from Los Angeles to New York City (3,248 miles) in 56 hours and 55 minutes, the fastest transcontinental journey ever made by rail. At several points along the line she made up to 120 miles an hour. In the first week of May 1935, the train went into regular service between Chicago and Portland.