- Orange (Metrolink station)
name = Orange
address = 100 N. Atchison Street
line = Amtrak:rail color box|system=Amtrak|line=Pacific Surfliner Metrolink Rail color box|system=SCAX|line=Orange County rail color box|system=SCAX|line=Inland Empire-Orange County
built = 1888
code = ORG
parking = 225 spaces
owned = City of OrangeThe Orange Metrolink Station is a railroad station located in
Orange, Californiaon a site at one time occupied by two former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railwaycombination depots. The present depot structure was dedicated on May 1, 1938and was closed with the Santa Fe's discontinuation of passenger service in 1971. The building was granted historic landmark status by the City on November 15, 1990. [Gustafson and Serpico, p. 187]
The town's first rail service, the Santa Ana, Orange & Tustin Street Railway, was a 4.04 mile (6.5 km) long
horsecarline that ran between Santa Ana and Orange, beginning in 1886. One year later the Santa Ana & Orange Motor Road Company purchased the line, using a steam "dummy" car and a single gasoline motorcar as its means of conveyance. In 1906 Henry E. Huntingtonacquired the company under the auspices of the Los Angeles Inter-Urban Railway and electrified the line. Passenger service over the new line operated by Huntington's Pacific Electric Railwaybegan on June 8, 1914, originating at the PE's depot on Lemon Street. The route provided freight service to the local citrus growers in direct competition with the Santa Fe. Pacific Electric sold out to the Southern Pacific Railroadin 1961, who ultimately abandoned the line in 1964.
The Santa Fe, under its affiliate the
Southern California Railway, laid its first tracks through Orange in 1886 and established its first depot the following year. The route would become part of the railroad's famous " Surf Line" and by 1925 sixteen daily passenger trains (the Santa Fe's " San Diegan") made stops in Orange. During peak growing seasons, as many as 48 carloads of citrus fruits, olives, and walnutswere shipped daily from the Orange depot as well. Rail connections to Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and Northern San Diego County are provided by the Metrolink regional commuter rail network. The Metrolink platform is situated adjacent to the former Santa Fe depot in the downtown Historic District, which is also home to an Orange County Transportation Authority(OCTA) busstation. The former Santa Fe mainline links the cities of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diegovia a junction north of the station.
Two Metrolink lines, the Inland Empire-Orange County line and the Orange County line, serve Orange station. Also, since October 29, 2007, two morning and two evening Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains stops at this station.
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