Saturday, June 15, 2013
L.A. Trek, Pt. 1
In my younger days, it was always a thrill to head out west, get in the car, and zip down the freeway. Driving at speeds not possible in a small town was a huge thrill. As the years have gone by, the freeways are more congested and my tolerance for traffic has greatly decreased. Traveling by train has suddenly become very appealing. On a recent trek to Los Angeles, I boarded the Amtrak Train at the San Diego Santa Fe Train Station.
I couldn't keep myself from pulling the camera out early to capture a few architectural details as I was walking to the station.
The train takes a little over two hours to get to L.A.; on a really good day, I could probably drive it in about 90 minutes. However, the chance of getting a good day and not getting stuck in traffic gets more and more difficult.
Union Station opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal.
It became known as "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States and was deservedly placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The massive interiors make quite an impression.
The smaller details, like this piece of vintage tile, also play an integral part in the beauty of this building.
Love the deco lettering.
Traxx Restaurant, which was originally the telephone room. One of these days I want to take the time to eat here. Even though it's only been around since 1997, it captures the feel of a bygone era.
Original light fixtures:
Comfy vintage seating:
It's easy to feel like you just stepped out of a Film Noir classic.
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