Central Station, Los Angeles

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Central Station
Exterior view of the Southern Pacific Depot, ca.1918 (CHS-5724).jpg
Exterior view of the Southern Pacific Depot, ca. 1918
LocationFifth and Central
Coordinates34°02′32″N 118°14′22″W / 34.0423°N 118.2394°W / 34.0423; -118.2394Coordinates: 34°02′32″N 118°14′22″W / 34.0423°N 118.2394°W / 34.0423; -118.2394
Line(s)Southern Pacific Railroad, Union Pacific
OpenedDecember 1, 1914; 104 years ago (1914-12-01)[1]
ClosedAugust 22, 1956; 63 years ago (1956-08-22)[1]
Preceding station   Union Pacific Railroad   Following station
TerminusSalt Lake Route Main Line

Central Station was the Southern Pacific Railroad's main passenger terminal in Los Angeles, California. It was formerly on Central Avenue at Fifth Street, in eastern Downtown Los Angeles.


The Central Station was built to replace the railroad's Arcade Depot[1] and opened on December 1, 1914. The Union Pacific Railroad, which lost its main Los Angeles train station (built 1891) in a fire, began operating from the station in 1924.[1][2]

All passenger services were transferred to Union Station, upon that building's completion in 1939.

The Central Station was demolished on August 22, 1956.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Nathan Masters (January 17, 2013). "Lost Train Depots of Los Angeles". Socal Focus. KCET. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  2. ^ Reiring, Ron (2012-07-24), "Los Angeles, CA Union Pacific train station", flickr.com/, retrieved 2019-05-08 Flickr images: Central Station, @ www.flickr.com/photos/84263554@N00/7637098244/]