Images & Observations

Del Mar Station

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/13 Lr3; HEP1

This is Del Mar Station on the Metro Rail Gold Line in Pasadena, California.  It was built on the site of the former Santa Fe railway station that last saw service for Amtrak.  The Metro Rail station is surrounded by buildings constructed during the past decade on three sides that house businesses on the first floor and apartments or condominiums on the upper floors, the fourth side of the station faces (out sight the right side of the image above) the old Santa Fe station which was restored and re-opened as a restaurant.  The steps in the right center of the image lead up to the rail platform, which extends on a slight diagonal behind the “signal tower” like structure.    The gentleman in the image is heading for the stairs under the “signal tower” to an underground garage that extends under the tracks below the plaza in the foreground and the buildings in the left background.  The tracks run through the red “wing” that extends from the large background structure in the right background.

This is a pleasant plaza to just while away the time and watch the comings and goings of the people and the light rail trains.  We are thinking about also giving the restaurant a try on a future visit also.

4 responses

  1. Great colors here, Wayne!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM

  2. Thanks, David, I’m happy with it myself.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:55 PM

  3. Looks like a miniature airport tower. Great shot Wayne.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM

  4. Thanks, Ryan. Actually it’s there to pay homage to a real railroad signal tower that was nearby when it was a real railroad station.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

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