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Metro Rail Expo Line; Light Rail under Sunny Skies—Los Angeles, August 2016.

I was keen to explore one of the Los Angeles-area’s most recent light rail extensions:  Metro Rail’s so-called Expo Line that runs west from a connection with the Blue Line (near downtown) and roughly follows the alignment of an old Pacific Electric route along Exposition Boulevard to Santa Monica.

The portion of the line from Culver City to Santa Monica was opened in May this year, and so still has that newly-built appearance.

LA Metro Rail pays tribute to the old Pacific Electric at its stations with artwork and historical interludes.

Attention to the platform art will yield the viewer bits of history and PE Heritage.
Attention to the platform art will yield the viewer bits of history and PE heritage.

Using my Lumix LX7 and FujiFilm X-T1 I made these images under bright sunny skies. Yet, I wonder about the opportunities for evening and twilight images on this line?

The Expo Line’s largely east-west alignment combined with LA’s propensity for air-pollution should present some impressive lighting conditions.

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I’m not the first observer to embrace the pictorial effects of Los Angeles air quality.

Perhaps a visit with a very long lens during a smog alert could yield some colorful results?

A telephoto view exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 of a modern light rail car approaching Santa Monica.
A telephoto view exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 of a modern light rail car approaching Santa Monica.
The Expo Line features a variety of light rail equipment, which is an uncommon feature for such a new line. Exposed at Santa Monica with my FujiFilm X-T1
The Expo Line features a variety of light rail equipment, which is an uncommon feature for such a new line. Exposed at Santa Monica with my FujiFilm X-T1
Many stations are decorated with artwork and embellished with historical tidbits. Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1
Many stations are decorated with artwork and embellished with historical tidbits. Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1
Expo Line station at Santa Monica.
Expo Line station at Santa Monica.
A Lumix LX7 view of an LA-bound car departing Santa Monica.
A Lumix LX7 view of an LA-bound car departing Santa Monica.
Trailing view of the same cars.
Trailing view of the same cars. Metro Rail is advertising the Expo Line on the side of this car.
An old car in new paint graces the streets of Santa Monica. LX7 photo.
An old car in new paint graces the streets of Santa Monica. LX7 photo.
Clean new signs are a feature of the Expo Line extension.
Clean new signs are a feature of the Expo Line extension.
Outbound cars at Jefferson. Lumix LX7 photo.
Outbound cars at Jefferson. Lumix LX7 photo.
Jefferson; cars stop just long enough to make a photo before boarding.
Jefferson; cars stop just long enough to make a photo before boarding. This one is 1027; do YOU remember the significance of that number?

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At Pico, the Expo Line shares platforms with the Blue Line (that runs to Long Beach). Careful, you might board the wrong car!
At Pico, the Expo Line shares platforms with the Blue Line (that runs to Long Beach). Careful, you might board the wrong car outbound!
Pico looking toward downtown LA. Lumix LX7 view.
Pico looking toward downtown LA. Lumix LX7 view.

For more on the Expo Line see this article in the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-expo-line-speed-snap-story.html

Also see: https://www.metro.net/riding/maps/

Tracking the Light Posts Every Day!

(Sometimes more than once).

New Kinkisharyo Cars on the Los Angeles Gold Line.

Last week (July 2016) I went for a spin on some brand new Kinkisharyo model P3010 light rail cars on the Los Angeles Gold Line extension to East LA.

Although the cars read ‘Test Train’ in the destination board, they were in fact running in revenue service. The automated station announcements hadn’t been activated, so instead a real live employee was calling out the stops.

The cars were shiny and still had that ‘new car’ aroma.

Pretty neat.

I made these photographs with my Lumix LX7

A pair of new Kinkisharyo cars approach the Gold Line station at Little Tokyo.
A pair of new Kinkisharyo cars approach the Gold Line station at Little Tokyo. Although it reads ‘Test Train’ in the destination board, I was still able to board the cars and take a spin.
For interior views such as this one, I use the '+1/3' exposure override feature in combination with the 'A' setting on my Lumix LX7. This helps compensate for the outside light streaming through the windows.
For interior views such as this one, I use the ‘+1/3’ exposure override feature in combination with the ‘A’ setting on my Lumix LX7. This helps compensate for the outside light streaming through the windows. In post processing, I made adjustments for contrast that help even the scene.
Clean and shiny.
Clean and shiny.
Test train at Atlantic, the new terminal for the Gold Line in East LA.
Test train at Atlantic, the new terminal for the Gold Line in East LA.
LA Metro Rail advertisement on the side of the car.
LA Metro Rail advertisement on the side of the car.
New cars accelerate away from the platform at LA Union Station.
New cars accelerate away from the platform at LA Union Station.

See the Business Wire for more about the cars.

[http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160305005014/en/Kinkisharyo-Light-Rail-Vehicles-Roll-Revenue-Service]

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