Monday, April 05, 2010

Orange County Railroad History

Rob Richardson will talk to us about "The History of Railroads in Orange County," at the Orange County Historical Society's meeting this Thursday, April 8th, 7:30pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., Orange.
From the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe, to the Southern Pacific, to the short local rail lines, Mr. Richardson will discuss the impact of trains on Orange County over the past 130 years. He is a long-time member of the O.C. Railway Historical Society and the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society. He will have copies of his new book, Railroads and Depots of Orange County, available for sale after his talk. The meeting is free and the public is welcome.
Both of today's photos show Santa Fe trains in Orange County. The image at the top of today's post is an unidentified shot from about the 1890s. The second image (immediately above) shows the Fullerton Santa Fe Depot in 1955. This depot was built in 1930 and is still used by Amtrak.


The Viewliner Limited said...

Pure gold on a Monday morning. As a 10 year old kid, I would be on the Santa Fe and at the Fullerton Depot 2 years later. Thank you for the info and pix Chris. Very much appreciated. Awesome!

Vicki said...

The Fullerton train station, also known as the setting for one of my fav Doris Day & Rock Hudson movies, "Send Me No Flowers."

Doris picks up Rock from the train station (with Tony Randall in tow) in the beginning of the movie, and at the end, Doris & Rock have a blow up inside the depot.

So fun to see the Williams Co. building in the background as Doris waits in the station's parking lot in her convertible.

Unknown said...

As of your recent flood, I took pictures back in the 80's of (what's left) of Southern Pacifics Tustin Branch bridge over Santiago Creek. Likely still laying in the creek bed since 1969. Bob Phillips