LOS ANGELES RAILROAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION

825 Colorado Blvd., Ste. 242

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tel: 626-458-4449

info@larhf.org

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Satellite Exhibits

If you’re waiting for a table at the Spaghetti Factory, or looking for railroad atmosphere while you munch “French Dipped” sandwiches at Philippe’s, our satellite exhibits deliver rail history and entertainment! Exhibits can be found in restaurants and other public places across the Southland. 

 

Learn about Hollywood’s love of the Golden Spike, tour the former Santa Fe Railway along Route 66, experience Pacific Electric’s LA dynasty, follow the journey of oranges to your breakfast table by rail, and view a century of railroading from Union Pacific to Metrolink. Each of LARHF’s eight “satellite exhibits” are presented in a stylish display case filled with colorful models and beautiful photography. Displays are changed every year. The satellites help fulfill the organization’s chief mission: to present and explain how railroads shaped the growth of today’s Los Angeles and the Southern California mystique.

Philippe's French Dip Restaurant

1001 N. Alameda Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012 

 

The theme of LARHF's current "satellite" display in Philippe's is "Get Your Kicks on Route 66 - Railway." Spectacular photographs of Elrond Lawrence from his book and authentic miniature rail models matching those in the photos add a 3-dimension for the extra kick!

LARHF's new book is on display and for sale at the Philippe's candy counter. 

Visit Philippe's Site

Take a Virtual Tour of Philippe's

Pacific Electric Headquarters

610 S. Main Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

Known as Mr. Huntington's Pacific Electric Headquarters located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Los Angeles, this stately building has been restored and remodeled with spacious apartments and amenities tailored to the new downtown urbanite population. 

The building's lobby is the busy hub and LARHF's satellite prominently faces the lobby with a display of archival photographs of the Building as it appeared in 1905, and the 20's, and 30's. Many of LARHF's satellites feature O-scale Pacific Electric (PE) models handcrafted by Bill Everett. The models help to envision in three dimensions the great PE fleet. Fortunately a few of those rail cars may be seen today at the Orange Empire Railroad Museum in Perris, California. LARHF also has an elaborate display, where once the PE Subway tunnel and Toluca Yard were located which is now the Belmont Station Apartment Homes. Both displays are open to the public. 

Visit The Pacific Electric Building's Site

Belmont Apartments

610 S. Main Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

The Belmont Apartments, on Beverly and Glendale Boulevards near downtown Los Angeles house one of LARHF’s ten satellite displays. On exhibit are forty-nine archival photographs, many of which have never been seen before. The display traces the construction of the Subway Terminal Building, the PE Tunnel and the Toluca Yard. Visitors may stand on what was once the Toluca Yard, and be able to view the original Substation and mouth of the Subway Terminal Tunnel. A display case contains such artifacts as: PE watch fob, morterman’s hat, badges 3- barrel coin changer plus twenty other artifacts.

Old Spaghetti Factory

Fullerton

110 E. Santa Fe | Fullerton, CA 92832

 

Located in the original Union Pacific Depot in Fullerton, only 25 feet from the railroad mainlines of the BNSF, Metrolink and Amtrak, visitors may watch a parade of trains practically all day long. Inside the restaurant, near the main entrance are two displays – depicting Fullerton as the “center of the compass” for trains radiating out in all directions – making this location the crossroads of Southern California railroading. The changing exhibits may display such models as a BNSF Dash 8, the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, Santa Fe locomotive No. 3751 with heavyweight cars, and Union Pacific “Consolidation” No. 329.

Visit OSF's Site

Old Spaghetti Factory

Newport Beach

2110 Newport Blvd. | Newport Beach, CA 92663

 

Although the LARHF satellite exhibit in Newport Beach is not located in the vicinity of a railroad mainline, the Old Spaghetti Factory building is immediately adjacent, on Newport Boulevard, where the Pacific Electric ran its famous “red” cars. The exhibit displays three types of railroad freight trains, Unit, Manifest and MOW (Maintenance of Way). Informational panels explain the make-up of these trains. Twelve stunning photographs, of Unit and Manifest Trains, by employees of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad enhance the display. The model railroad equipment was selected from LARHF's vast collection of O-scale trains. A knowledge of the freight car terminology in this exhibit is also a requirement for the Boy Scout's Railroad Merit Badge. LARHF conducts Merit Badge classes throughout the year.

Visit OSF's Site

Old Spaghetti Factory

Riverside

3191 Mission Inn Avenue | Riverside, CA 92507

 

LARHF’s Riverside satellite is in what used to be a very busy citrus packing house. The plant is located equidistant from the old Santa Fe and Union Pacific Depots. Sadly, they are no longer in use, but the mainline for Amtrak, Metrolink and BNSF is immediately behind the restaurant and it seems like the crossing gate and diesel horns are sounding off every few minute. The exhibit displays three types of railroad freight trains, Unit, Manifest and MOW (Maintenance of Way). Informational panels explain the make-up of these trains. Twelve stunning photographs, of Unit and Manifest Trains, by employees of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad enhance the display. The model railroad equipment was selected from LARHF's vast collection of O-scale trains. A knowledge of the freight car terminology in this exhibit is also a requirement for the Boy Scout's Railroad Merit Badge. LARHF conducts Merit Badge classes throughout the year.

Visit OSF's Site

Lordsburg Taphouse

and Grill

2335 D Street | La Verne, CA 91750 

 

LARHF's newest satellite exhibit - the tenth in our popular series throughout Southern California - was unveiled in December at the Lordsburg Taphouse and Grill in, located at 2335 D Street in the heart of Old Town La Verne. The restaurant is just a few blocks from the former Santa Fe Pasadena Subdivision (previously the Second District) mainline that hosted hotshot freight and passenger trains from Chicago to Los Angeles. 

The premier display depicts LARHF archival photos of Santa Fe trains and stations on this historic route between San Bernardino and Los Angeles. O-scale models include Santa Fe streamliner passenger cars and locomotives - both steam and diesel - seen on this line. Several locomotives show off the famous Warbonnet paint scheme. Plan a stop on your next road trip to visit the exhibit. With the right timing on weekdays, you can also catch the late morning passage of the Pasadena Local to Irwindale, led by "vintage" GP60 diesels.

Visit Lordsburg's Site

Bellflower Pacific Electric

Depot

2335 D Street | La Verne, CA 91750 

 

The Bellflower Pacific Electric Depot was completely rebuilt using the original Pacific Electric building plans. The depot located beside the Santa Ana Line, was a 34-mile ride from Los Angeles to Santa Ana with about 30 stops along the way. Today a photo display is mounted in the Depot depicting the Santa Ana Line in its glory days. 

It was a dark day for Pacific Electric fans on July 24, 1958. It is true a tremendous black cloud of smoke lay over much of the route from Bellflower to Los Angeles caused by the Hancock Oil Refinery Fire in the city of Signal Hill. It was a devastating blaze that burned for two days. And that was the last day of operation for this PE Line. All service east of Bellflower had already been eliminated on July 2, 1950. It had been a glorious history dating all the way back to November 1905. 

 

Outside the restored Bellflower PE Depot, both the outbound and inbound location of the tracks can still be imagined on either side of Bellflower Boulevard where today there is an excellent bicycle trail.