Switching The Patch in
Downtown Los Angeles
This area at Industrial and Mill Streets had the most amazing trackage in Los Angeles. It was  called the Patch and you' re invited to read a first hand account of what it was like to spot cars here in 1964, by switchman Rich Paseman (click here). Unfortunately it is mostly gone, a truck terminal now sitting smack in the middle of those elaborate triple crossings, though this brick building with the tracks though it still stands. On early maps it was called a Santa Fe Stores Building. Most of these photos were taken in the late 1970's. If you want to see what it looks like now, someone took a 360 degree "Street View" on Google maps at this exact intersection.  But it does live on -- Keith Jordan is modeling it as it was in its glory days. for a peek see

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The Patch, Part II
August, 1978
The tracks passed the A&M Seeds building, crossed Mateo St., curved around the A-l Novelty building (above), then dove through the old Stores, a literal brick canyon. Sidings spun off in every direction, with triple switches and triple crossovers.
Standing on Mateo, A-1 Noveltry on left