Los Angeles Metro's Del Mar Station in Pasadena

Just passing through

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When Jim and I travel, we usually try to visit aquariums, zoos, gardens, and university campuses. I also try to sneak in a visit to a place having something to do with trains.

When we went to Los Angeles this past Sunday for our 19th anniversary, our main destiny was the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Afterwards, we went in search of Pasadena City Hall (the second most beautiful City Hall I’ve ever seen, behind San Francisco), the Rose Bowl, and the old Santa Fe Depot in Pasadena. We found City Hall and the Rose Bowl, but, sadly, never found the old Santa Fe Depot.

According to one site that I found after getting home, the Santa Fe Depot was absorbed into the new station and was “rehabilitated to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.” Ha! Anything but! See for yourself at Pasadena Views.

Jim and I walked around for about 30 minutes looking for the station, or its remnants, or maybe an address where it had been moved. While we never found it, I did get a couple of good flash videos of the Metro trains. The second one is my favorite.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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12 thoughts on “Just passing through

  1. babso2you

    Lovely my friend! Hugs to you and Jim! Hope this anniversary has been great for the both of you! Coming up to visit us anytime soon? We look forward to having you here with us! – B

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  2. sherijkennedyriverside

    A shame the old station is gone. I love old trains and depots. I just checked, and I don’t think you’ve seen my slideshow page about the NW Railway Museum here in the valley I live in. It’s under my header, Awesome Things to Do and See. Even better, visit the NW and check it out for yourself! 🙂 I’d love to see and read the Russel Ray review on it.
    I totally agree about San Francisco’s City Hall. Beautiful place. We were honored to get our marriage license there.

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  3. btg5885

    We have this cool train museum in Spencer, NC which was a repair shop for trains as a halfway point between Washington and Atlanta. They have several on a turntable. It is pretty cool. Do those Metro’s run or are the sitting idle on the tracks? BTG

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