Altadena to South Pasadena

The Los Angeles Terminal Railway

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Map submitted by Andrew Laverdiere.

(Forwarded from the Pasadena Railway)

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Alberta Street, looking south. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.

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 about this route.

I think this route is connected to UP's Pasadena Branch

Jonathan
Cupertino, CA
12/27/2012

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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.

Bob Davis
San Gabriel, CA
1/10/2013

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The comment from "Jonathan"seems to suggest that the old Union Pacific to Pasadena crossed the arroyo on the present Gold line bridge. Actually it crossed on the York Blvd bridge along with auto traffic.

jeff arnett
pasadena
6/17/2014

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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.

Eric Mulfinger
Altadena, CA
6/28/2014

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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!

Lynne
Eagle Rock, CA
11/29/2015

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