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Overview

Los Angeles Terminal Railway was the predecessor company to the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad, and was purchased by SPLA&SL in March 1901.

Los Angeles Terminal Railway, and all of its predecessor roads were mainly passenger and tourist railroads, providing local passenger service, which was not provided by the adjacent AT&SF railroad. The 27 miles of line south from Los Angeles to San Pedro harbor was also mainly a passenger operation, providing local service to residents who wanted to spend time at the beaches and resort hotels of Rattlesnake Island (later known as Terminal Island).

Los Angeles Terminal Railway's line (north to south) was two lines from Altadena (near Pasadena) and from Verdugo Park (north of Glendale), coming together at Glendale Junction, then south for 10 miles along the east bank of the Los Angeles River, past Downey Avenue, First Street and Fourth Street, and further south to Hobart where the line crossed the river and turned south again for 25 miles to San Pedro, a total of 48.5 miles.

Timeline

January 13, 1887
Los Angeles & Glendale Railway incorporated; constructed between Los Angeles (Downey Avenue) and Glendale, 6.5 miles (42-inches narrow gauge); completed in March 1888.

February 19, 1887
Altadena Railway incorporated to build from Raymond Hotel (Raymond Station on the AT&SF), north to Altadena; reorganized as Pasadena Railway after being leased to John Cross.

March 3, 1887
Pasadena Railway incorporated to build from Raymond Hotel (Raymond Station on the AT&SF), north to Altadena; completed in March 1888; 7.25 miles.

March 30, 1889
Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Railway incorporated

January 1, 1890
Pasadena Railway leased for operation to Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Railway; agreement dated November 6, 1889; lease transferred to Los Angeles Terminal Railway on January 2, 1891.

March 1890
Los Angeles Glendale & Pasadena Railway completed from Downey Avenue in Los Angeles, north to Raymond Station in Pasadena, 6.4 miles

August 29, 1890
Los Angeles Terminal Railway (1st) was incorporated; construction completed included part of 1.7 miles of line between Downey Avenue Station and First Street in Los Angeles, later the site of SPLA&SL's First Street Station.

January 2, 1891
Los Angeles Terminal Railway (2nd) was incorporated as a consolidation of the earlier Los Angeles Terminal Railway of August 1890, and two other roads: Los Angeles & Glendale Railroad and Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Railway. The stated purpose of this consolidation was to provide a network of railroads that could be leased "to larger systems of railways."

The Los Angeles Terminal Railway consolidation was under the control of John Cross, who later (date?) sold his interest to the California Investment Company, an syndicate owned by R. C. Kerens and T. Leighton of St. Louis, and E. F. Leonard of Springfield, Illinois.

(It was the interests of this California Investment Company that were sold to brothers William A. Clark and J. Ross Clark in August 1900, forming the basis for the later San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad)

November 1891
Los Angeles Terminal Railway completed its line from Downey Avenue in Los Angeles, south to East San Pedro, 27.11 miles.

September 2, 1892
Pasadena Railway was sold to Los Angeles Terminal Railway upon expiration of lease to Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Railway (LAP&G sold to LAT in January 1891).

August 21, 1900
Officials of Los Angeles Terminal Railway announced that William Andrews Clark and his associates, including his brother J. Ross Clark, had purchased an interest in the railroad.

March 20, 1901
San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad was incorporated to purchase the interests and property of the Los Angeles Terminal Railway, and to construct a line between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Construction commenced immediately, as follows:

Timeline for SPLA&SL purchase of Los Angeles Terminal was:

(SPLA&SL and LA&SL timeline continues)

Locomotives

Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Railway

42-inches Narrow Gauge:

Road
Number
Type Cylinders Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Date To
LAT Ry
Notes
LAP&G 1 0-4-2ST 9x14 Porter 892 Nov 1887 10 Mar 1889 1

General Notes:

a. ST denotes "Saddle Tank"

Notes:

1. LAP&G number 1 was was built in 1887 for John Cross, Los Angeles, California as 36-inches narrow gauge; converted to 42-inches narrow gauge upon arrival for use on Los Angeles & Glendale Railway number 1; to Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Railway number 1; to LAT Ry number 1 in 1891.

Standard Gauge:

Road
Number
Type Wheels Cylinders Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Notes
LAP&G 1 0-4-4RT 42 12x16 Rhode Island 2252 Dec 1889  
LAP&G 2 0-4-4RT 42 12x16 Rhode Island 2253 Dec 1889  
LAP&G 3 2-4-2ST 44 12x18 Porter 840 Jun 1887 1

General Notes:

a. All three locomotives to Los Angeles Terminal Railway in January 1891
b. RT denotes "Rear Tank"; ST denotes "Saddle Tank"

Notes:

1. LAP&G number 3 was built as Pasadena Ry number 1 in 1887 (operated under lease by Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Ry after January 1890); to Los Angeles Terminal Ry number 3 in August 1890

Los Angeles Terminal Railway

42-inches Narrow Gauge:

Road
Number
Date To
LAT
Type Cylinders Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Date
Retired
LAT 1 10 Mar 1889 0-4-2ST 9x14 Porter 892 Nov 1887 20 Dec 1890

General Notes:

a. LAT number 1 was was built in 1887 for John Cross, Los Angeles, California as 36-inches narrow gauge; converted to 42-inches narrow gauge upon arrival for use on Los Angeles & Glendale number 1; to Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale number 1; to LAT number 1 in 1889
b. LAT number 1 was retired on 20 December 1890 when the Glendale Branch was converted to standard gauge; later disposition not known (likely "broken up" at Fourth Street shops)
c. ST denotes "Saddle Tank"

Standard Gauge:

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date To
LAT Ry
Type Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Notes
LAT 1 LAP&G 1 Aug 1890 2-4-4RT Rhode Island 2252 Dec 1889 1
LAT 2 LAP&G 2 Aug 1890 2-4-4RT Rhode Island 2253 Dec 1889 2
LAT 3 LAP&G 3 Aug 1890 2-4-2ST Porter 840 Jun 1887 3
LAT 4     4-4-0 Baldwin 11866 May 1891 4
LAT 5     4-6-0 Baldwin 11867 May 1891 5
LAT 6     4-4-0 Baldwin 12141 Aug 1891 6
LAT 7     4-6-0 Baldwin 12204 Sep 1891 7
LAT 8     4-4-0 Schenectady 6065 Apr 1901 8

General Notes:

a. The Los Angeles Terminal Railway was sold to the San Pedro Los Angeles & Salt Lake on April 20, 1901, and all the standard gauge locomotives were included in the sale.
b. RT denotes "Rear Tank"; ST denotes "Saddle Tank"
c. Individual locomotive specifications:
  Road
Number
Type Driving
Wheels
Cylinders Weight Weight On
Drivers
Tractive
Effort
  LAT 1 2-4-4RT 42 12x16 56500    
  LAT 2 2-4-4RT 42 12x16 56500    
  LAT 3 2-4-2ST 44 12x18 54475 39450 6259
  LAT 4 4-4-0 56 18x24 84000 53650 14458
  LAT 5 4-6-0 54 18x24 92000 58000 16600
  LAT 6 4-4-0 56 18x24 84000 53650 14458
  LAT 7 4-6-0 54 18x24 99330 71870 12288
  LAT 8 4-4-0 70 19x24 120000 92000 19989

Notes:

1. Built as Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Ry number 1 (0-4-4RT) in 1889; converted to 2-4-4RT; to Los Angeles Terminal Ry number 1
2. Built as Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Ry number 2 (0-4-4RT) in 1889; converted to 2-4-4RT; to Los Angeles Terminal Ry number 2
3. Built as Pasadena Ry number 1 in 1887 (operated under lease by Los Angeles Pasadena & Glendale Ry after January 1890); to Los Angeles Terminal Ry number 3 in August 1890
4. Purchased new
5. Purchased new
6. Purchased new
7. Purchased new
8. Delivered as Los Angeles Terminal Ry number 8; renumbered to SPLA&SL number 8 before entering service (Builder date was April 1901, delivery date to SPLA&SL was May 1901; SPLA&SL took possession of LAT on April 20, 1901)

Sources

Hemphill, Mark. Union Pacific Salt Lake Route (Boston Mills Press, 1995)

San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. Corporate History of San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company, As of June 30, 1914

Signor, John. The Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company, Union Pacific's Historic Salt Lake Route (Golden West, 1988)

Trottman, Nelson. History of the Union Pacific (Augustus M. Kelley, 1923, reprinted 1966)

Wood, J. W. Pasadena, California, History and Personal (J. W. Wood, 1917; Google Books)

Locomotive roster based on research by P. Allen Copeland, previously published in John Signor's "The Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company, Union Pacific's Historic Salt Lake Route" (Golden West, 1988).

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