The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is a non-profit educational corporation chartered in the State of California in 1999 as a California Corporation numbered C2104684. The corporation is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation maintains offices at 1500 West Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California.
The Foundation's mission is to diligently preserve and dynamically present the history of railroading in Los Angeles through its three core programs: public outreach, archival preservation, and multiple-media publishing. Each of these programs is interdependent and together they will enable the Foundation to achieve its mission.
Route 66 Railway: The Story of Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in the American Southwest
by Elrond Lawrence
Over 300 photos. 16 more pages, plus updated text & photos. Color endpaper maps. Post cards & memorabilia. Cover: Warbonnets and Route 66, Cajon Pass, California, 2003. Rear jacket: Sunset at Chambers, Arizona, 2005.
Revised and Expanded! Route 66 Railway explores the relationship between U.S. Highway 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in the American Southwest. For 90 years and more than 800 miles, these famous routes have been constant companions through California, Arizona, and New Mexico. This book is a visual road trip over these icons and the land they traverse, filled with spectacular photography and engaging text. Nine decades of history bind these ribbons of steel and asphalt; each has experienced triumph, decline, and rebirth. U.S. Highway 66 was decommissioned in 1985, not long after the final section in Williams, Arizona was bypassed by Interstate 40. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, which built into California during the 1880s, passed into history in 1995 when it merged with Burlington Northern Railroad to become today's BNSF Railway. Yet both legends thrive with newfound popularity. Route 66 has undergone a renaissance among travelers who want to experience the real American adventure, far from bland Interstates. BNSF has become one of the nation's busiest railroads—as many as 100 trains a day parallel the old highway through deserts, mountains, canyons, and dusty towns filled with warm souls and a determination to endure. Nearly 300 dramatic photographs will transport you up California's Cajon Pass, across the Mojave Desert and Arizona Divide, and past the mesas of New Mexico. Experience places where the worlds of road and railroad meet, and recall the days when crossing the Southwest was an adventure. Visit colorful cafes, tourist traps, motor courts, railroad depots, and more, all amid the thunder of passing trains. In Route 66 Railway, the journey is the destination!
Elrond Lawrence is an award-winning photographer and writer with a passion for railroads and roadside America. He grew up in Southern California's San Bernardino Valley and began taking pictures in the early 1980s. His work regularly appears in magazines, books, calendars, and advertising. Elrond lives in Salinas, California, with his wife Laura, daughter Kathryn, and three cats.
EL CAMINO REAL – HIGHWAY 101 & THE ROUTE OF THE DAYLIGHT
by Tom Zimmerman and Roger L. Titus
A new book from the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation
Follow the Route of the Mission Bell
$39.50 – Hardbound, 208 pages, 9780578116204
Over 250 photos
Color endpaper memorabilia
Post cards & maps
From the treks of the padres who established the missions of California, El Camino Real – the King's Highway – became the dramatic story of the Golden State.
The birth of the automobile era in the early twentieth century and the construction of Highway 101 so near to the twenty-one missions enhanced that story. Adding drama in the 1930s was the introduction of the Southern Pacific's celebrated Daylight passenger trains along the same route.
The relationship of the missions, the coastal highway, and the railroad paralleling them – never previously explored together – has at last been told. Lively descriptions and thoughtful analysis by historians Tom Zimmerman and Roger L. Titus bring that story to life, enriched by beautiful vintage and modern images and post cards.
Carton of 16 of El Camino Real = 40% and free freight
Destinations: How Trolleys and Postcards Helped Create the Southern California Dream, 1989-1950s
by Roger T. Titus and Jim Bunte
$21.95 - Paperback, 96 pages, 9780977815203
illustrated with hundreds of vintage postcards and rare Pacific Electric Railway memorabilia
Travel back in time, to a Southern California that was still wide-open space, where everything and everyone was interconnected by the trolleys of the Pacific Electric Railway. To most, these bygone days are a distant memory, but to postcard collectors, they are as vivid and vibrant as the day these colorful icons of another time were printed. Learn how trolleys and postcard publishers helped real estate developers transform Southern California from a sleepy, agricultural backwater into a bustling metropolis of the 21st century. DESTINATIONS by Roger L. Titus and Jim Bunte is an entertaining journey through the Southland's colorful history, illustrated with hundreds of vintage postcards and rare Pacific Electric Railway memorabilia. The trolleys of the Pacific Electric may be gone, but their influence continues to this very day.
ROGER L. TITUS is a Southern California native and Pacific Electric Railway historian, thanks to the influence of his father Robert, who took Roger on PE rides as the system was abandoning its network in the 1950s. Roger is also a well-known deltiologist (postcard collector) and a retired State of California Park Ranger Peace Officer, whose last assignment was the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Today he is a conductor on the McCloud Railway near Mount Shasta. JIM BUNTE has made a career from the celebration of the vintage. His credits include editing Classic Toy Trains and Collecting Toys Magazines, co-authoring Vintage Toys: Robots & Space Toys, and serving as Vice President of Design and Creative for Lionel, the venerable toy train manufacturer. Today he works with entrepreneurs as a publishing and design consultant, but his favorite activity is editing and designing books like DESTINATIONS. Jim is a native Southern Californian.