Wheel spacer



Open House an exciting success


   Santa Monica    Santa Monica

Thanks to everyone (more than 80) who attended our open house Sunday afternoon, March 10. "Today was a smash success and the beginning of an exciting new era for our foundation. We’re grateful and thrilled that so many joined as new members," said Elrond Lawrence, executive director. "Whether you renewed, bought a Route 66 Railway book, enjoyed a great spread of food, or simply came to learn about our plans, we’re glad you joined us and we’re ready to begin the next 20 years of LARHF."

Josef Lesser and Ron Gustafson, co-founders of LARHF were recognized at the event, and Lesser was honored with a special plaque presented by Wendell "Mort" Mortimer for his nearly 20 years of establishing and guiding the foundation.


Wheel spacer



June 15 Class Announced

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class

Saturday – June 15, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Boy Scouts – $35.00 each

(Fee includes Workbook - Notebook - Morning Snack - Spikes - Handouts - TAP Card - Free Parking)

The Class is held in the METRO Headquarters building at One Gateway Plaza on the 3rd floor in the Henry Huntington Room

(The building is located at the east end of the LA Union Station above the parking garages)


The Merit Badge class will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. At 11:45 a.m. the class will break for lunch. Bring a bag lunch. Following lunch you will ride the METRO Gold Line to the Del Mar Station in Pasadena to see an early Santa Fe Depot and experience, 1st hand, rail safety. Upon completing the Gold Line ride, you will return to the Los Angeles Union Station for a tour and the signing of your “blue” card signed by LARHF’s Merit Badge counselors.

Be sure you bring your filled-out “blue card”, Spikes, and lunch. The Spikes as well as other important information will be e-mailed to you once you return this registration form and your $35.00 fee.


  • * Parking at the Union Station METRO garage will be provided free with a LARHF coupon.
  • * Be sure to retain the METRO parking ticket you receive when you enter the garage.
  • * Directions to the parking garage from east or west are on a separate page.


  Wheel spacer


Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation appoints

Elrond Lawrence as new Executive Director


Expo Line

Author and communications expert to build partnerships and with a commitment to expand LA's rail heritage community across the Southland


LOS ANGELES, CAL. / JANUARY 18, 2019 – The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (LARHF), founded in 2000 to preserve and present Southern California’s dynamic rail transportation history, announced today that Elrond Lawrence has been named the foundation's new Executive Director.

Lawrence, a communications professional, writer and photographer who authored the popular book Route 66 Railway (published by LARHF), plus scores of articles for rail and roadside America publications, began transitioning to the role January 1, working with Josef Lesser, retiring CEO and co-founder of the 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation based in Eagle Rock.

"For 19 years, LARHF has worked to connect railroads, transit, and rail history with audiences across Los Angeles and Southern California," said Lawrence, "and I’m thrilled to build on its mission of outreach and preservation and guide the foundation into its third decade."

LARHF hosts field trips to railroad and transit facilities, offers a Boy Scout Merit Badge Program in railroad safety and careers, and maintains an extensive vintage photography archive and library for historians. The foundation operates eight history exhibits in public spaces such as Philippe's French Dip in downtown Los Angeles, Spaghetti Factory restaurants in Orange County and Riverside, plus others.

"What excites me most is the opportunity to expand people's awareness of LA's railroad heritage and to collaborate with the Southern California preservation community," Lawrence added. “Trains and rail transit are fascinating, colorful, fun, and they link the Southland to its rich history. In addition to our continuing programs we’re planning an online hub that will celebrate SoCal railroads, their exciting future, and the people who preserve rail equipment and stations for future generations."

LARHF also announced the publication of its next book, Hollywood Trains and Streetcars, co-authored by Lesser and Los Angeles historian Marc Wanamaker, to be released in fall 2019.

Visit the foundation’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for news and updates, or email info@larhf.org. For membership information visit the foundation’s website, www.larhf.org, which will be modernized and expanded in 2019. Offices are located at 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 242, in Los Angeles (Eagle Rock), and its resources are available to media and historians. Email or call 626-458-4449 for more information.

Elrond Lawrence grew up in Fontana, Cal., living in the Inland Empire with his wife Laura before moving to the central coast. He’s an award-winning author and photographer whose work appears in Trains magazine and other publications.


  Wheel spacer