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Where Did All the Trains Go?

Old lady in LA
Photograph showing an older female passenger inside Los Angeles Union Station in 1979. The woman's contemplative look led to the photographer's title for the image, "Where did all the trains go?" The question was apt in 1979, as the number of trains serving the station had been steadily declining for decades. As of 2008, however, the station sees nearly 400 daily departures as a hub for Amtrak regional and long-distance trains, Metrolink commuter trains, and the Los Angeles Metro light rail Red, Purple and Gold lines.
Alternate Title Passenger in Los Angeles Union Station, 1979 (eidtor's title)
Source Shirley Burman
Coverage Spatial, Los Angeles Union Station, California; Temporal, 1979
Rights Shirley Burman, Sacramento, California
Date Created 1979
Resource Type
Extent 11 in. x 11 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Los Angeles, California
Creator Description Shirley Burman, a photographer and photo-historian, dropped out of high school in 1952 to join the Women Marines, where she found romance, was married, and ultimately became the mother of five children. In 1972, she earned a bachelor's degree in art from the University of California, David, and began a career as a photographer and illustrator. She collaborated on the book Whistle Across the Land (1983), has created two traveling exhibits about women in railroading, and is widely published.
Collection Shirley Burman Collection
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