Santa Fe Railway station, Pasadena, California, 1961

Santa Fe Railway station, Pasadena, California, 1961Here’s a slice of American life that not many of us experience anymore – train travel. This is the Santa Fe railway’s station at Pasadena, California in 1961. The guy in the red cap is a porter to help you with your luggage – hence the nickname redcaps. The square symbol behind the two lights is the logo for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. In the heyday of trail travel, this station was favored by celebrities who didn’t want to have to deal with the whole “Movie Star Arrives in Los Angeles” press circus, and preferred to quietly arrive in town and sneak back home. So they’d get out at the station before Union Station in downtown L.A. – and that was this one.

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