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The Fullerton Transportation Center[1][4] is a passenger rail and bus station located in Fullerton, Orange County, California, United States.

Fullerton, CA
Amtrak inter-city rail station
Metrolink commuter rail station
Fullerton Station.jpg
Fullerton Train Station, trackside
Location120 East Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, California 92832[1]
United States
Coordinates33°52′07″N 117°55′20″W / 33.868612°N 117.9223°W / 33.868612; -117.9223Coordinates: 33°52′07″N 117°55′20″W / 33.868612°N 117.9223°W / 33.868612; -117.9223
Owned byBNSF Railway & City of Fullerton
Platforms2 side platforms & 1 bay platform
Parking250 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeFUL (Amtrak)
Opened1923 (UP)
1930 (AT&SF)
Passengers (2017)399,695[2]Increase 3% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Los Angeles Pacific Surfliner Anaheim
toward San Diego
Los Angeles
Southwest Chief Riverside
toward Chicago
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
Buena Park 91/Perris Valley Line West Corona
Orange County Line Anaheim
toward Oceanside
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Los Angeles
Desert Wind
Discontinued in 1997
San Bernardino
toward Chicago
Preceding station Union Pacific Railroad Following station
La Habra East Los Angeles – Anaheim Anaheim
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Los Angeles
Main Line Placentia
toward Chicago
Major stations
toward Chicago
Surf Line Anaheim
toward San Diego
Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot (Fullerton, California)
Fullerton Transportation Center is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Fullerton Transportation Center
Location140 East Santa Fe Avenue,
Fullerton, California
Area1 acre (0.4 ha)
ArchitectE. J. Herbert
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference #91002031[3]
Added to NRHP5 February 1992
Fullerton Union Pacific Depot
Location100 East Santa Fe Avenue, Fullerton, California
Area0.8 acres (0.3 ha)
Built byUnion Pacific Railroad
ArchitectJohn and Donald Parkinson
Architectural styleMission Revival style/Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference #83003551[3]
Added to NRHP12 October 1983

It is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Southwest Chief trains, as well as Metrolink's 91 Line and Orange County Line trains. It is also a major bus depot for the Orange County Transportation Authority, and is one of the major transportation hubs of Orange County.[4][better source needed]


The station has two historic depots on site: one built in 1923 by the Union Pacific Railroad,[5] and the other built in 1930 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[6] Both depots are on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]

The 1930 Santa Fe depot serves as an Amtrak ticket office and passenger waiting area and has a cafe. It features Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture, as evidenced by the stuccoed walls, red tile roof, and decorative wrought ironwork.[7]

The Union Pacific Railroad was the third railway to lay tracks through Fullerton and to build a depot.[8] This helped firmly establish Fullerton as the regional rail center for northern Orange County.[citation needed] The 1923 Mission Revival style building was designed by John and Donald Parkinson.[9] Fullerton's redevelopment agency moved the station next to the Santa Fe depot in 1980 to preserve it.[5] Today it is occupied by an Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.[8]

In the late 1990s, the Fullerton Railway Plaza Association (FRPA) began fundraising and lobbying for the creation of an interactive railroad attraction or museum at the site,[10] while continuing preservation efforts. Starting in 1999 the Amtrak station and the FRPA were hosts for the annual "Fullerton Railroad Days" event at the Santa Fe depot, an event that attracted between 30,000 and 40,000 participants.[citation needed] Due to the city not supporting the FRPA museum,[citation needed] Railroad Days was not held in 2009, and FRPA looked elsewhere, choosing to hold its 2010 event in neighboring Brea.[11] The organization subsequently changed its named to the Southern California Railway Plaza Association (SCRPA).[citation needed]


Numerous trains stop each day at Fullerton, as the station is served by Amtrak's popular Pacific Surfliner service, as well as two Metrolink commuter lines. Amtrak's long-distance Southwest Chief also stops once daily in each direction, but only to discharge westbound or board eastbound passengers. The bay platform is only used for 7 weekday Orange County Line runs that run from Laguna Niguel to Fullerton and 2 runs that run all the way to Oceanside respectively.

Platforms and tracksEdit

1  Southwest Chief (Discharge only) toward Los Angeles (Terminus)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Los Angeles)
 91 Line toward L.A. Union Station (Buena Park)
 Orange County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Buena Park)
2  Bypass/Freight track No passenger service
3  Southwest Chief (Boarding Only) toward Chicago (Riverside)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego Santa Fe Depot (Anaheim)
 91 Line toward South Perris (West Corona)
 Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Anaheim)
4  Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Anaheim)


  1. ^ a b "Fullerton, CA (FUL)". Amtrak. Retrieved 10 Jan 2014.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  4. ^ a b "City of Fullerton: Transportation Center". City of Fullerton. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Union Pacific Depot". Fullerton Heritage. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Santa Fe Depot". Fullerton Heritage. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  7. ^ "Great American Stations: Fullerton, CA (FUL)". Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Fullerton History". TrainWeb LLC. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  9. ^ Union Pacific's Parkinson Depots
  10. ^ "Southern California Railway Plaza Association". Southern California Railway Plaza Association, Inc. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  11. ^ ""Railroad Days" event". Southern California Railway Plaza Association, Inc. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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