* Based on LA Station Still Used Today
* Architectural-Grade Board & Plastic Construction
* Injection-Molded Roof Panels & Other Components
* Ornate Details
America's last great passenger station, the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (LAUPT) opened for business in May of 1939. Built in traditional Mission-style, the complex included a large waiting room, concourse, offices, patio and a Harvey House restaurant. Open-air platforms behind the concourse welcomed some of the best known trains in America including Santa Fe's "Super Chief," Union Pacific "City" Streamliners and Southern Pacific's "Daylight." The station was also a major hub for the Los Angeles Railways and Pacific Electric transit systems.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980, and a Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument, the station underwent a major renovation in the 1990s, which restored much of its former glory.
Today, as the Los Angeles Union Station, the facility serves as the major downtown hub for commuter rail operations on Metrolink and Metro Rail. Long-distance Amtrak trains still call, and the station is slated to play a vital role in California High-Speed Rail service in the near future.
Combining the precision of laser-cut architectural-grade board with stucco texture for ease of construction and durability plus superbly detailed injection-molded roof panels and other components, this kit builds into an eye-catching focal point for a collection or layout. For additional detail, add the Station Platforms with LED lighting (#933-3391, sold separately), which are based on the originals found at LAUPT.