Tropico: the Glendale Train Station

Mar 15, 2017

Great American Train Stations tells us that the Southern Pacific Railroad built the Spanish Colonial Revival Glendale train station in 1924.

The smashing (with its extensive historical photographs and history) states that the architects were Maurice Couchot and Kenneth MacDonald, Jr., and the station was built in 1923, replacing “an older one that dated as far back as 1883.” That older one was the Atwater Tract Station built “soon after Atwater Village became a settlement.”

The depot was bought from Southern Pacific in 1989 by the City of Glendale and $6 million dollars was invested in its restoration and new construction.

The station is now known, rather unglamorously, as the Glendale Amtrak/Metrolink Station. It used to be know as Tropico (a much better name), though we haven’t been able to verify that independently.


Glendale Amtrak/Metrolink Station, 400 W. Cerritos Ave., Glendale 91204. Tel: 1.800.872.7245.


We stopped by to pick up a friend from the station around 4:30 p.m. The afternoon light was stunning, highlighting this beautiful landmark…














Backside of the Glendale RR station, circa 1940s. (






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