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1 Jan. 1961

The traditional Los Angeles urban rail system in its last years.




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Los Angeles tram map –  1961

FIRST INSET: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles downtown tram map –  1961

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 –  1961

ROUTES


STREETCAR ROUTES

Operator: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) ["Yellow Cars"]

  J Jefferson Park – Jefferson Blvd. – Grand Av. – 7th St. – Santa Fe Av. – Pacific Blvd. – Huntington Park
  P Brooklyn Av. [today: Cesar Chavez Av.] – 1st St. – Broadway – Pico Blvd. – Mid City (Rimpau Loop)
  R 3rd & Western – 3rd St. – Vermont Av. – 7th St. – Whittier Ave. – East Los Angeles (Brannock Av.)
  S 8th & Western – 8th St. – Vermont Av. – 7th St. – San Pedro St. – Avalon Blvd. – Central Av. – Watts (Manchester Av.)
  V East Holliwood (Monroe St.) – Vermont Av. – Vernon Av. – Vernon Yard

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.

LB Long Beach 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Willowbrook Av. – Long Beach
WA Watts Local 6th & Main – Main – 9th St. – Long Beach Av. – Watts

The last two interurban routes were discontinued on 9 April 1961. The last streetcar lines were discontinued in 1963.



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.


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: Light rail to the Beach - and beyond", Tramways & Urban Transit, Aug. 2016 (79: 944), p.295-300.
  • 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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