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Los Angeles tram map – 1941

FIRST INSET: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles downtown tram map – 1941

SECOND INSET: THE LOS ANGELES REGION

Note: For the sake of clarity, only interurban (PE) routes are shown on this map.

Los Angeles interurban map – 1941

ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAP

OK Oak Knoll Av. SG San Gabriel
SM San Marino TI Terminal Island

ROUTES


STREETCAR ROUTES

Operator: Los Angeles Railway ["Yellow Cars"]

  A Sunset – Virgil Av. – Temple St. – Broadway – Venice Blvd. – 24th St. – Adams Blvd. – Culver City
A shuttle Echo Park – Angeleno Heights – Temple St.
  B City Terrace Dr. – Wabash Av. – Evergreen Av. – Brooklyn Av. [today: Cesar Chavez Av.] – Main St. – 12th St. – Hooper Av. – Ascot Av. – 51st St.
  D Skid Row – 5th St. – 6th St. – Alvarado St. – Bonnie Brae St. – Westlake (Beverly Blvd.)
  E City Terrace Dr. – Wabash Av. – Evergreen Av. – Whittier Av.
  F Boyle Heights (1st St.) – 4th St. – 3rd St. – Main St. – Jefferson Blvd. – Grand Av. – Santa Barbara Av. [today: Martin Luther King Blvd.] – Hoover St. – Vermont Av. – South Los Angeles (Athens St.)
  G Downtown – Main St. – Washington Blvd. – Griffiths Av. – Vernon Av.
  H Western Av. – Melrose Av. – Vermont Av. – 6th St. – Alvarado St. – 7th St. – Maple Av. – Wall St. – 53th St. – Avalon Blvd.
  J Jefferson Park – Jefferson Blvd. – Grand Av. – Pico Blvd. – Broadway – 7th St. – Santa Fe Av. – Pacific Blvd. – Huntington Park
  K Florence Av. – Vermont Av. – Jefferson Blvd. – 41st St. & Ascot Av.
  M 1st St. – Main St. – 7th St.
  N Downtown (2nd St.) – Main St. – 9th St. – 8th St. – Western Av.
  O Lincoln Heights – Mission Rd. – Main St. – Wall St. – Florence Av.
  P Brooklyn Av. [today: Cesar Chavez Av.] – 1st St. – Broadway – Pico Blvd. – Mid City (Rimpau Loop)
  R La Brea Av. – 3rd St. – Vermont Av. – 7th St. – Whittier Ave. – East Los Angeles (Eastern Av.)
  S East Hollywood (Santa Monica Blvd.) – Western Av. – 3rd St. – Vermont Av. – 7th St. – San Pedro St. – Avalon Blvd. – Central Av. – Watts (Manchester Av.)
  U Slauson Av. – Central Av. – 5th St. – Figueroa St. – University of Southern California (USC) – [U: Vermont Av. – Florence Av.] [U*: 39th St. – Western Av.]
  V East Holliwood (New Hampshire Dr.) – Vermont Av. – Vernon Av. – [V: Leonis Blvd. – Vernon] [V*: Santa Fe Av. – Slauson Av.]
  W Mid City (Vineyard Av.) – Washington Blvd. – Figueroa St. – 5th St. – Broadway – Marmion Way – Monte Vista St. – [W: York Blvd. – Highland Park] [W*: Figueroa St. – Buena Vista Terrace]
  2 Filipinotown (Temple St.) – Belmont Av. – 3rd St. – 5th St. – Broadway – Griffin Av. – Montecito Heights
  3 Skid Row – 5th St. – 6th St. – 3rd St. – Larchmont Blvd. – Hollywood (Melrose Av.)
  5 Townsend Av. – Eagle Rock Blvd. – Cypress Av. – Broadway – Main St. – Jefferson Blvd. – Grand Av. – Santa Barbara Av. [today: Martin Luther King Blvd.] – Crenshaw Blvd. - Hawthorne Av. – Hawthorne (Broadway)
  7 Downtown (2nd St.) – Main St. – Broadway – South Los Angeles (116th St.)
  8 Downtown (Temple St.) – Main St. – Broadway – 54th St. – Park Mesa Hts. (Crenshaw Blvd.)
  9 Downtown (Santa Fe Av.) – 2nd St. – Broadway – Pico Blvd. – Grand Av. – Hoover St. – 48th St. – Leimert Park (Crenshaw Blvd.)
10 Lincoln Heights Av. – Broadway – Pico Blvd. – Grand Av. – Santa Barbara Av. [today: Martin Luther King Blvd.] – Vernon Av. – Leimert Park (Arlington Av.)
34 City Terrace – Gauge St. – Brooklyn Av. [today: Cesar Chavez Av.]
35 1st St. – Indiana St. – Whittier Av.

INTERURBAN ROUTES

Operator: Pacific Electric Railway ["Red Cars"]

Note: The two-character codes used to identify routes below and in the maps are for convenience only, and were not used by the operating company.

AS Alhambra – San Gabriel 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Soto St. – Huntington Dr. – Sierra Vista – Alhambra – San Gabriel
BF Bellflower 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Santa Ana Blvd. – Bellflower
BH Beverley Hills Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Sunset Blvd. – Hollywood Blvd. – Santa Monica Blvd. – Beverley Hills
BU Burbank Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Glendale Blvd. – Riverside Dr. – Glendale Blvd. – Burbank
EB East Broadway Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Glendale Blvd. – Riverside Dr. – Glendale Blvd. – Glendale (East Broadway)
EP Echo Park Avenue 11th & Hill – Hill St. – Sunset Blvd. – Echo Park Av.
GL Burbank Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Glendale Blvd. – Riverside Dr. – Glendale Blvd. – North Glendale
LB Long Beach 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Willowbrook Av. – Long Beach
LS Long Beach – San Pedro Long Beach – San Pedro
MG Monrovia – Glendora 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Soto St. – Huntington Dr. – Sierra Vista – Pasadena – San Marino – Monrovia – Glendora
OK Pasadena (via Oak Knoll) 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Soto St. – Huntington Dr. – Sierra Vista – Pasadena (Oak Knoll Av.)
NB Newport Beach 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Willowbrook Av. – Seal Beach – Huntington Beach – Newport Beach
PO Pomona 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Ramona Blvd. – El Monte – Baldwin Park – Covina – San Dimas – Pomona [with short turns to San Dimas, Covina and Baldwin Park]
PS Pasadena Short Line 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Soto St. – Huntington Dr. – Sierra Vista – Pasadena (Fair Oaks Av.)
RA Riverside – Arlington Riverside – Arlington
SA Santa Ana 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Santa Ana Blvd. – Bellflower – Santa Ana
SB Upland – San Bernardino 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Ramona Blvd. – El Monte – Baldwin Park – Covina – San Dimas – Upland – San Bernardino
SH Sherman Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Sunset Blvd. – Santa Monica Blvd. – Sherman
SM Sierra Madre 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Soto St. – Huntington Dr. – Sierra Vista – Pasadena – San Marino – Sierra Madre
SP San Pedro 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Willowbrook Av. – Dominguez – San Pedro
SV Sierra Vista Local 6th & Main – Main – Aliso St. – Soto St. – Huntington Dr. – Sierra Vista
TI Terminal Island 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Willowbrook Av. – Dominguez – Terminal Island
VH Venice via Hollwood Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Sunset Blvd. – Hollywood Blvd. – Santa Monica Blvd. – Beverley Hills – Santa Monica – Venice
VN Lankershim – Van Nuys Subway Terminal – Glendale Subway – Sunset Blvd. – Santa Monica Blvd. – Hollywood Freeway – Van Nuys
VS Venice Short Line 4th & Hill – Hill St. – Venice Blvd. – Venice – Santa Monica
W16 West 16th Street 4th & Hill – Hill St. – Venice Blvd. – San Vicente Blvd. – Olympic Blvd.


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Streetcar lines: ? km.
  • Interurban lines: ? km.


HISTORY

  • Horse-drawn streetcars: 1874 - 1896
  • Cablecars: 1888 - 1896
  • Electric streetcars: 1 July 1891 - 1963
  • Interurban railways: 1887 - 9 Apr. 1961
  • Light rail: 14 July 1990 - today.
  • Subway: 30 Jan. 1993 - today

GAUGE

  • Streetcars (Los Angeles Railway): 1067 mm.
  • Interurbans (Pacific Electric): 1435 mm.
  • Light Rail: 1435 mm.
  • Subway: 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, southeast of Riverside, owns and operates a large collection of vintage Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railway streetcars over 0.8km dual-gauge and 2.4km standard gauge track.

The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line runs replica 1908-style Pacific Electric interurban streetcars over a 2.4 km track in the San Pedro waterfront area.


SOURCES

PRINT

  • "Los Angeles and San Francisco", The Modern Tramway, Nov. 1949 (12:143), p.221-224.
  • Simons, V. "Los Angeles: Gone but not forgotten", Tramways & Urban Transit, Feb. 2010 (73:866), p.76-77.
  • Simons, V. "Los Angeles - The transformation continues", Tramways & Urban Transit, Dec. 2009 (72:864), p.460-463.
  • Simons, V. "Update from Los Angeles", Tramways & Urban Transit, May 2013 (76:905), p.175.
  • Skelsey, G. "Hill Street Blues" [The Pacific Electric Railway (PE)], Modern Tramway & Light Rail Transit, Aug. 1988 (51:608), p.263-269.
  • Smith, G.E. "Los Angeles - The S route", The Modern Tramway, Oct. 1961 (24:286), p.295-298.
  • Wansbeek, C.J. "Los Angeles - Megacity needs more light rail", Tramways & Urban Transit, May 2007 (70:833), p.172-176.
  • Wansbeek, C.J. "Los Angeles - New light rail line brings gold to Pasadena", Tramways & Urban Transit, June 2007 (70:834), p.217-219.
  • Wansbeek, C.J. "Los Angeles - Metrolink: Successful urban rail", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2007 (70:835), p.258-261.

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