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My First Trip on the Expo Line 5/12/2012

by Chris Guenzler

From LAUPT and National Train Day 2012, AC Adam and I walked down to the Red Line and we walked to a waiting train to get us to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station where we would get on the new Expo Line Train.

We boarded the rear car and Chris Parker and Larry boarded the car behind us. It was a quick trip to the 7th and Flower Station where we detrained and went upstairs to a waiting Expo Line Train where AC and I boarded the first car with Chris and Larry boarding the second car. We left 7th Street/Metro Center Station and headed out the same way the Blue Line trains go.

We come out of the tunnel and out into the daylight.

The train first station is the Pico Station, the stop for the Staples Center, LA Convention Center and Nokia Theater.

The line runs on the east side of Flower Street.

The line then ran under Interstate 10, the Santa Monica Freeway.

We came to the junction where the Blue Line turns east on Washington Blvd and we went straight onto new mileage on the Expo Line for me.

The trolley continued to run along Flower Street.

Our train passed another Expo Line Train.

Our next station was the 23rd Street Station where you can go to LA Trade Technical College, Mount St. Mary College and the Orthopaedic Hospital.

The train took these curves to run to the west of the Harbor Freeway.

Running along the Harbor Freeway.

Our operator has to always be on the lookout for cars cutting in front of him.

The train crossed 30th Street.

The train is coming into the Jefferson/USC Station where you can get to USC, the Galen Center and The Shrine.

The train left the Jefferson/USC Station.

I love anything with Felix the Cat.

The train then entered the trench/tunnel to get us into the middle of Exposition Blvd.

In the trench/tunnel we turned to the west coming out into the middle of Exposition Blvd.

We stopped at the Expo Park/USC Station gateway to USC, California African America Museum, California Science Center, Exposition Park Rose Garden and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

A Breast Cancer Fund Raising Run/Walk was taking place today.

We went by an eastbound Expo Line Train.

The Expo/Vermont Station serves Jesse Brewer Jr. Park, Los Angeles Swimming Station and Natural History Museum.

Exposition Park.

The lineside signal gives us a green.

Still running down the middle of Exposition Blvd.

The Expo/Western Station serves Exposition Park Library/Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Still running down the middle of Exposition Blvd.

The Expo/Crenshaw Station serves the Lula Washington Dance Theater.

Passing another eastbound Expo Train.

The line is fenced the whole length of the Expo Line.

An Expo Line Grade Crossing.

A very well maintained Expo Line.

The not opened yet Farmdale Station which will serve in the future Rancho Cienega Sports Complex and the Vineyard Recreation Center.

Passing a train at the Farmdale Station.

You can see that we will climb to our next station.

The Expo/La Brea Station serves the Baldwin Hills Branch Library and the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex.

Looking north down La Brea Blvd.

We dropped down to the ground after the Expo/La Brea Station.

We came to a flashing green.

We crossed over to the other mainline.

We took this track and climbed the grade to our last station of La Cienega/Jefferson Station

We came to our last station of the present line at the La Cienega/Jefferson Station which serves the Ballona Creek Bike Path and Syd Kronenthal Park. We exited for a few minutes of fresh air.

Our trolley at the La Cienega/Jefferson Station.

AC Adam and our trolley at the La Cienega/Jefferson Station.

Future new mileage for me in the future. I then noted the art work in the platform which I will share with you.

You never know what you might see by looking down every once in a while. We all reboarded our train to head back to National Train Day 2012 at LAUPT.

Ac Adam and Chris Parker on the return trip. We returned to 7th Street/Metro Center and went down to wait for a train to LAUPT.

We waited for the Red Line Train to arrive.

A few minutes later, the Red Line Train arrived and we boarded for LAUPT. It had been a fantastic trip aboard the new Expo Line. Now back to National Train Day at LAUPT.