Western District

Culver City – Palms Station

Posted on: December 14, 2009 by PERyHS 4 Comments
Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

The Pacific Electric / Southern Pacific station at Culver City - Palms stands quiet on this early morning. In the background is the PE power generation building for that section of the line.

Jack Finn Collection

4 Responses

  1. Paul Kakazu

    June 4, 2010

    Foregound tracks are the Redondo via Playa del Rey Line. Behind the station is the Venice Short Line.

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  2. Bob Davis

    February 20, 2011

    The substation (Ivy Sub) is still standing. It’s now a live-performance theater.

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  3. Dale Best

    February 19, 2012

    Nothing is new. A block behind the photograpfer is the newly built terminus of the “Expo Line” from downtown LA, build on the old PE-Santa Monica Airline right of way. Phase II will build on west to 3rd and Colorado in Santa Monica following the “Airline”. Was it forward thinking or what, when PE-SP, and later UP did NOT sell off the old rights of way.

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  4. George Todd

    February 19, 2012

    The former SP was the largest contributor to the “Yes on 102 campaign.” Prop 102 was the bond issue which created Metrolink, and greatly improved rapid transit in the Bay Area-Sacramento Corridor. Prop 102 funds paid for essentially 200 track miles of “Ribbon Rail” CWR, between 16th Street Tower in Oakland, and Sacramento, replacing all of the SP’s badly worn jointed rail. The whole “Cal P” was also upgraded from Double Track (Automatic Block Signals in one direction only) to Multiple Main Track CTC (Centralized Traffic Control,) either direction on either track, with lots of power double crossovers. It also upgraded the Peninsula Commute Line.
    Metrolink bought the former PE from LA to Bench, the Santa Fe 2nd District from LA to San Berdoo, the SP LA Division lines to Palmdale, and the Coast line to SLO, the abandoned Airline, the Santa Fe to San Diego, and more, and a bunch of the UP. Metro has upgraded all of the sorefooted former SP, and the only reason the Airline wasn’t sold to individuals is because part of it was still in service until the idea of Metrolink came to be.
    Metro has to maintain the track, and the freight railroads get to run on it.

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