Round & Round on the Gold Line – Field Trip

Field Trip – Saturday – February 9, 2013

LARHF is off again for another of its popular Urban Archeology Field Trips, except that this trip will share the adventure with yesterday’s Santa Fe Railway and today’s and the future’s METRO Gold Line.

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. our adventure takes off from the Los Angeles Union Station aboard the METRO Gold Line to the end of the current line at Sierra Madre Villa.

Gold Line “Ansaldo Breda” cars at the Del Mar Station in Pasadena.

Gold Line “Ansaldo Breda” cars at the Del Mar Station in Pasadena.
Photo from the LARHF Collection

At Sierra Madre Villa, Lisa Levy Buch, Director of Public Affairs for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, will meet the tour group. Lisa will be our guide, viewing the Gold Line’s Foothill extension plan’s construction progress from Sierra Madre Villa Station to Azusa’s Citrus Station.

Gold Line map

Courtesy of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

The Pacific Electric’s Eastern Division tracks will pop in view and Ralph Cantos will be on board to point out these locations for us.

Pacific Electric – Glendora Line, Car No. 1123 at the Arcadia Station – 1951

Pacific Electric – Glendora Line, Car No. 1123 at the Arcadia Station – 1951
Photo from the Alan Weeks Collection

Electric – Glendora Line, Car No. 732 in front of the Azusa Station – 1951

Electric – Glendora Line, Car No. 732 in front of the Azusa Station – 1951
Photo from the Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric – Car No. 1123 westbound at the San Gabriel River Bridge near Irwindale – 1951

Pacific Electric – Car No. 1123 westbound at the San Gabriel River Bridge near Irwindale – 1951
Photo from the Alan Weeks Collection

A special power-point (slide) program showing the original structures along this section of the route, that were once a part of the Santa Fe Railway’s – Second District from San Bernardino to Los Angeles, will be shown on in-coach video monitors. It will include vintage photos of stations: Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Azusa, etc. along with typical trains seen in the Second District.

The Santa Fe Arcadia depot was opened in June 1887 displaying a mixture of Queen Anne and Eastlake architecture.

The Santa Fe Arcadia depot was opened in June 1887 displaying a mixture of Queen Anne and Eastlake architecture.
Photo from the Marc Wanamaker Collection

The Duarte depot was constructed by Santa Fe in 1897

The Duarte depot was constructed by Santa Fe in 1897
Photo from the Marc Wanamaker Collection

The Santa Fe Azusa depot was totally remodeled in 1946 to give it a Streamline Moderne look.

The Santa Fe Azusa depot was totally remodeled in 1946 to give it a Streamline Moderne look.
Photo from the Marc Wanamaker Collection

The new Interstate 210 Gold Line Bridge has been completed and dedicated. It replaced the original Santa Fe overpass. The Construction Authority has made it possible for the group to walk up to the bridge to view it from track level.

Interstate 210 Gold Line Bridge near Duarte

Interstate 210 Gold Line Bridge near Duarte
Photo from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Interstate 210 Gold Line Bridge near Duarte

Interstate 210 Gold Line Bridge near Duarte
Photo from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

The Huntington Drive Arcadia Bridge under construction will also be seen as well as the Arcadia Gold Line Station site. In Monrovia we will visit the site of the new 24-acre Gold Line rail car service and maintenance campus.

Interstate 210 Gold Line Bridge near Duarte

Site plan of the Gold Line Maintenance and Operations Campus
Artwork from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

We have been invited, in Monrovia to the Foothill Extension Construction Authority headquarters for an orientation about the future extension of the Gold line. Informational publicity material will be made available. Back in our coach, we will view the sites of the Monrovia Station, Irwindale Station, Duarte, and the two Azusa Stations and see the advanced rail preparations as far as the Azusa Citrus Station the end of this extension project.

Architectural rendering of the last Gold Line Station, the Azusa Citrus Station for this line extension

Architectural rendering of the last Gold Line Station, the Azusa Citrus Station for this line extension
Artwork from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

How about lunch? Hope you have worked up a good appetite because we are stopping for lunch at the Canyon City Barbeque in Azusa. All meats are cooked in their smoker after they have been seasoned with their special recipe dry rub. Whether it’s brisket, tri-tip, grilled chicken breast or pulled pork, you’re going to love it!

Canyon City Barbeque, Azusa – the best in the San Gabriel Valley!

Canyon City Barbeque, Azusa – the best in the San Gabriel Valley!

Now for a little siesta while we head back to East Los Angeles and the Atlantic Gold Line Station. Boarding at this station, we will pass seven stations serving diverse LA neighborhoods such as Boyle Heights, the Arts District and Little Tokyo on the way back to the Union Station.

Metro Gold Line Eastside – East Los Angeles Civic Center Station

Metro Gold Line Eastside – East Los Angeles Civic Center Station
Photo by Transitpeople

Metro Gold Line Eastside – Mariachi Plaza Station

Metro Gold Line Eastside – Mariachi Plaza Station
Photo by Transitpeople

Metro Gold Line Eastside – East Los Angeles Civic Center Station

Metro Gold Line Eastside – East Los Angeles Civic Center Station
Photo by Waltar

We hope that this sounds like a fun trip and informative as well. Each light rail extension in the greater Los Angeles area is like some part of the Pacific Electric system coming alive again. For all of the PE historians, it’s an incredible adventure to experience this renewed transportation “phoenix rising.” Get your reservation in early and be assured of a great day. The $65.00 fee for LARHF members includes all transportation, lunch and parking in the METRO garage.

Request a reservation flyer by e-mailing LARHF at info@larhf.org or call LARHF at (626) 458-4449 and make your reservation. For non-members call LARHF and learn how you can become a member with full benefits.

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