Orange station (California)

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Metrolink commuter rail station
Former ATSF Station in Orange CA 7-14-04.jpg
The former ATSF station currently used by Metrolink
Location 100 N. Atchison Street
Orange, California 92866
Coordinates 33°47′20″N 117°51′26″W / 33.7888°N 117.8573°W / 33.7888; -117.8573Coordinates: 33°47′20″N 117°51′26″W / 33.7888°N 117.8573°W / 33.7888; -117.8573
Owned by City of Orange
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Orange County Transportation Authority: 54, 56, 59, 453, 454
Chapman University Shuttle
Parking 225 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1888
Rebuilt 1994
Preceding station   Metrolink   Following station
Inland Empire–Orange County Line
toward Oceanside
Orange County Line
  Former services  
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Surf Line
toward San Diego
Location of the Orange Train Station.
Location of the Orange Train Station.
Location within Los Angeles

Orange station, formally the Orange Transportation Center is an intermodal transit station in Orange, California.[1] It serves Metrolink trains as well as Orange County Transportation Authority buses. Located at the site of two former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway combination depots. The present depot structure was dedicated on May 1, 1938 and was closed with the Santa Fe's discontinuation of passenger service in 1971. The building was granted historic landmark status by the City on November 15, 1990.[2]


The town's first rail service, the Santa Ana, Orange & Tustin Street Railway, was a 4.04 mile (6.5 km) long horsecar line that ran between Santa Ana and Orange, beginning in 1886. One year later the Santa Ana & Orange Motor Road Company purchased the line, using a steam "dummy" car and a single gasoline motorcar as its means of conveyance. In 1906 Henry E. Huntington acquired the company under the auspices of the Los Angeles Inter-Urban Railway and electrified the line. Passenger service over the new line operated by Huntington's Pacific Electric Railway began on June 8, 1914, originating at the PE's depot on Lemon Street. The route provided freight service to the local citrus growers in direct competition with the Santa Fe. In 1961 Pacific Electric sold out to the Southern Pacific Railroad, who ultimately abandoned the line in 1964.

The Santa Fe, under its affiliate the Southern California Railway, laid its first tracks through Orange in 1886 and established its first depot the following year. The route would become part of the railroad's famous "Surf Line" and by 1925 sixteen daily passenger trains (the Santa Fe's San Diegan) made stops in Orange. During peak growing seasons, as many as 48 carloads of citrus fruits, olives, and walnuts were shipped daily from the Orange depot as well. Rail connections to Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and Northern San Diego County are provided by the Metrolink regional commuter rail network. The Metrolink platform is situated adjacent to the former Santa Fe depot in the downtown Historic District, which is also home to an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus station. The former Santa Fe mainline links the cities of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego via a junction north of the station.

The train station currently houses a Ruby's Diner.

In October 29, 2007 Amtrak added a stop at Orange to the Pacific Surfliner route. Just two morning and two evening trains stopped at this station each day. But by 2010 the station was only serving an average of seven passengers a day.[3] Because of the weak ridership the stop was cancelled in early 2013.


Two Metrolink lines, the Inland Empire-Orange County line and the Orange County line, serve the Orange station.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Northbound  Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward San Bernardino (Anaheim Canyon)
 Orange County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Anaheim)
 Pacific Surfliner No stops
Southbound  Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Santa Ana)
 Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Santa Ana)
 Pacific Surfliner No stops

Bus docks[edit]


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  2. ^ Gustafson and Serpico, p. 187
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-06.  External link in |publisher= (help)


  • Gustafson, Lee and Phil Serpico (1974). Santa Fe Coast Lines Depots: Los Angeles Division. Omni Publications, Palmdale, CA. ISBN 0-88418-003-4. 

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