Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Union Station Opening, Shot by Ward Kimball

The celebratory parade for the opening of the last major train station in the U.S. of A.

Union Station opened in 1939 in downtown L.A. Then, it was a major railroad hub. Today, it's a railroad station and a focal point for Los Angeles's urban transit system. It now contains trolleys, subways, and the ever-popular choo-choo trains. ...

The footage shows downtown L.A. on May 3, 1939 when Union station opened for business. Photographed by Ward Kimball, one of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men (long before they were nine old men.)

Ward was twenty-five-years-old at the time, and already a train buff. He was working on Pinocchio.

H/t to the Wise Old Animation Producer.


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