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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NAVY NEEDS YOU IN THE WAVES

Pacific Electric Railway: 1919

Pacific Electric Railway: 1919

The fellow standing in the middle was the husband of one of my Maternal Grandmother's sisters. For you genealogists, he was the father of my first cousin once removed. She was born in 1918. Now at 92, this removed cousin is still very much with us and has a sharp recollection of days gone bye.

The Pacific Electric Railway, more commonly called the Red Car Line by passengers and operated from 1901 to 1961. It provided fast and efficient transportation throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. In the 1950's we kids used it for trips to the beaches and back. View full size.

The conspiracy theory believed by older Angelinos is that the local politicians were paid off by General Motors to replace it with hundreds of new buses

The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society at http://peryhs.org/. has preserved some very good information.

Ride one today (really) for a dollar

They still run them here:

http://www.sanpedro.com/spcom/redcar.htm

My grandma said that she'd ride with Larry (LA Railway) or Perry (Pacific Electric Railway) from Gardena to USC & elsewhere.

 
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