Amtrak's Pomona Station

On Labor Day this year I found myself out and about in the local area looking for trains to shoot.  I was following the Union Pacific’s Alhambra and Los Angeles subdivisions, which parallel each other closely in this portion of Southern California.

Poster for Amtrak’s Sunset Limited

Eventually I reached the Amtrak station at Pomona. Pomona, named after the Roman goddess of agriculture and abundance, was once a budding citrus producing region on the eastern fringe of Los Angeles County. It is more of a industrial and residential community these days and also is the home of the famous Los Angeles County fair, the world’s largest county fair.

The station was built in 1940 by the Southern Pacific Railroad and now serves as a virtual placeholder on the Amtrak schedule since it is no longer staffed and offers virtually no services to Amtrak passengers other than affording them an opportunity to get on or off the thrice-weekly Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle service that stop at Pomona. The southern platform serves as a stop for Metrolink’s Riverside Line and sees quite a few commuters on a weekday basis. Union Pacific does run intermodal and manifest traffic on both subdivisions through the station complex as well.

Schedule of trains that stop at Pomona, California

Seeing as it was a holiday for nearly everyone, the station and platforms were literally deserted so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to grab a couple of shots. I set-up at various locations on the south side of the complex and took a bunch of shots to be processed as HDR photos.

Pomona Station 1 - Southwest elevation.
[9/6/2010 - Alhambra Subdivision] © Copyright 2010 Joe Perry.

Pomona Station 2 - Southeast elevation.
[9/6/2010 - Alhambra Subdivision] © Copyright 2010 Joe Perry.

Pomona Station 3 - Pedestrian bridge southwest elevation.
[9/6/2010 - Alhambra Subdivision] © Copyright 2010 Joe Perry.

Pomona Station 4 - View of the pedestrian bridge and tracks.
[9/6/2010 - Alhambra Subdivision] © Copyright 2010 Joe Perry.

Pomona Station 5 - Southeast elevation of station and pedestrian bridge.
[9/6/2010 - Alhambra Subdivision] © Copyright 2010 Joe Perry.

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Reader Comments (4)

Nice shots, Joe. The Pomona station is almost in my backyard, and I have never seen it. Is there elevator access to the pedestrian bridge? (I can't do stairs.) I'd love to get a shot of a train passing the station from the vantage point of the bridge.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Frost

Thanks Wayne. To be honest I haven't ventured far enough into the over-crossing to say for sure. I suspect so, though.

October 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterJoe Perry

Great pictures. More important, great station. We don't build like this anymore. The SP's pride was on the line. It had to be spectacular. Besides w/ regulated rates, they could afford it. Thank you for sharing it with those of us who are not in a place where we can see it for ourselves.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Roger

Very nice pictures indeed! I'm planning a trip next May on the Sunset Limited from LA to New Orleans. I'm living in Sweden.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWoodcut60

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