A number of long distance passenger trains arrive and depart from downtown Los Angeles at Union Station. The monumental Spanish-style architecture rises up in walking distance to the birthplace of Los Angeles on Olvera Street. The Mexican restaurants and outdoor shopping bazaar are a wonderful place to spend time while awaiting a train heading north to Seattle or east to Chicago or to New Orleans. The station, because of its spaciousness and location so close to Hollywood is as familiar to film and television lovers as Grand Central Station in Manhattan. Film crews are regular visitors to the almost 80-year old structure that witnessed the passage of so many celebrities on their way to and from Beverly Hills in its glory days during and after WWII. Automobiles and air travel led to the reduction of passenger trains to travel long distances and this transportation hub in the middle of downtown L.A. saw a smaller and different group of passengers availing itself of train rides. The station’s interior is beautiful and distinctive with enclosed courtyards and lots of marble and terra cotta to please the eye. The last of the Harvey House restaurants at train stations opened and closed here. There are plenty of reasons for us to pull up in the station’s parking area while on a private Los Angeles tour to show off our historic Union Station even if we are not picking up or dropping off our guests who are traveling on Amtrak.