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Union Station's complexity grows 75 years down the line
Union Station's complexity grows 75 years down the line

The remarkable vintage photographs of Union Station's opening in 1939 show the streets and sidewalks around the new building packed with a huge and expectant crowd. Those of the interior reveal a vast, high-ceilinged waiting room, with impeccably dressed passengers sitting not on hard wooden benches but in individually upholstered lounge chairs. Do not be fooled by these pictures. While it is easy to think that they depict some Golden Age of rail travel in Los Angeles, the truth is that the Golden Age of rail travel in Los Angeles is just getting underway. In the decade after Union Station opened in 1939, it handled about 13,000 rail travelers a day. Today that number is roughly...

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