|Metrolink; Mission Tower, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 6, 2014|
The Los Angeles River has several bridges crossing it, and all provide a view of Union Pacific, Amtrak and Metrolink heavy rail action. One has a Metro Rail light rail line on it, and two span the only above-ground section of the Metro Rail subway. Starting from north to south, we begin our tour at Cesar Chavez Avenue. The west end of this bridge is right at Los Angeles Union Station (formerly Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal). All Amtrak and Metrolink trains head north out of LAUPT to Mission Tower. Some continue north, but others make a horseshoe and come right under Cesar Chavez Avenue. As an added bonus, the Metrolink trains and Amtrak Surfliners that use cab cars all have locomotives on the proper (geographic south) end of the train as they pass here (above). Mission Tower, which is pretty inaccessible, makes a nice backdrop for photos.
Union Pacific has an intermodal terminal on the east side of the Los Angeles River here, so freights are not uncommon (although most will diverge to the east before passing under the bridge). Still, you'll find both Metrolink and UP trains under the east end of the bridge.
|Union Pacific; Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 4, 2014|
|Metro Rail; First Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 6, 2014|
|Metro Rail; First Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 5, 2014|
|Union Pacific; First Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 6, 2014|
Next is Sixth Street Bridge, a Los Angeles icon. Built in 1932, the Sixth Street Bridge (or Sixth Street Viaduct) was the precursor to the famous California freeways and the Interstate highway system. Alas, the bridge was built from concrete mixed onsite, and the concrete has a high alkali content; Sixth Street Bridge is crumbling from within. Despite being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge's two arches and all the concrete must come down, as rehabilitation is not an option. You don't want to shoot from Sixth Street bridge for two reasons; first, it is by far the longest of the bridges over the Los Angeles River, and it would take quite awhile to walk to a place where you can shoot trains. And second, you want this bridge in your photos. So let's move on....
|Metrolink; Seventh Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 5, 2014|
|Amtrak; Seventh Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 5, 2014|
|Amtrak; Olympic Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 4, 2014|
|Amtrak; Harbor Junction, Vernon, Calif.; March 5, 2014|
|BNSF Railway; Alameda Corridor, Vernon, Calif.; March 6, 2014|
|Union Pacific; J Yard, Vernon, Calif.; March 4, 2014|
|BNSF Railway; Hobart Tower, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 5, 2014|