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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 has preserved some very good information.

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Ride one today (really) for a dollar

They still run them here:

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

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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