The Orange Line was
the second route added to the San Diego Trolley system, with its first portion
entering operation in 1986. The route was originally called the East
Line. Over time it was extended out to the suburbs to the
northeast. The identification as the Orange Line was adopted in 1997.
The outbound service heads away from 12th & Imperial Transit Center
eastbound along the middle of Commercial St. It then assumes its
private right of way, and twists through Lemon Grove, La Mesa and El
Cajon. Like the original route, much of the line is constructed
along a former freight railroad, and freight service is still provided
during the hours when passenger runs do not operate.
In this view a train is just about to cross La
Mesa Blvd. near the heart of that city. Gates are down, and the station
is just ahead for this run.