The Los Angeles Terminal Railway
This railway was built in 1888 and ran from downtown Pasadena to where the post office in Altadena on North Lake Avenue is today. Later, it was renamed to the Los Angeles Terminal Railway.
The line was then purchased by the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad as part of extending their line south from Salt Lake City, UT, into Los Angeles. Union Pacific was the last to operate the line.
Abandoned in 1921, the map of it above was drawn from a USGS topographical map from 1924.
Thanks to Andrew Laverdiere for contributing information.
I think this route is connected to UP's Pasadena Branch
The Pasadena Branch was cut back to a lumber yard in Altadena, probably in the 1920's. In 1968, I was invited to ride the caboose of the Pasadena-Glendale local from Orban Lumber (just south of Colorado Blvd) to Altadena (probably to Lincoln Ave. Lumber). At Lincoln Ave., the crossing diamonds for the PE streetcar line were still visible, even though the last Birney ran there in 1941. After the ride, I followed the train to Highland Park, where the UP crossed the Santa Fe 2nd District, and saw one of the crewmen swing the "smashboard" to allow their move. By 1970, the UP branch was history, taken out for the 210 Freeway. One relic of UP days is back in service--the bridge over the Pasadena Freeway/Arroyo Seco Parkway now carries the southbound track of the Gold Line light rail, seeing more trains in a day than it used to have in a year.
Thank you for this post. It's very clear and informative, together with Wikipedia link. I live near the right of way and have often looked for signs of it. Some of the property lines between Raymond and Mountain Junction are suspiciously aligned with the approximate route.
The Gold Line runs on the old AT&SF right-of-way. The bridge over the Arroyo is a newly constructed reproduction of the old bridge - it was fascinating to watch the destruction/rebuilding!
The most complete description of the LATR that I have found is at http://utahrails.net/up/latry.php. Like many other railways the lineage is complex. A more complete map can be found on a 1902 version USGS map. The rail ran to Terminal Island as well as another branch to Verdugo Park.
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Jeff talks about the old UP tracks on the York Bl bridge. I'm old enough to remember the tracks, though they were long out of use by that time. They got paved over some years ago - not removed - and the pavement has suffered over the years. When first buried the roadway was just fine, but now the rails are making themselves apparent again, and anyone who routinely comes west over the bridge from South Pasadena knows to avoid the right lane.
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