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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 159 (International)
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 13, 2015 05:28PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 159 (International) - 08/13/15


This day in Railroad History

August 13, 1965
The remains of the Pacific Electric System were merged into the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1898, Henry Huntington, nephew of Collis P Huntington of the Central Pacific, purchased the narrow gauge, Los Angeles Railway (LARy) known colloquially as the 'Yellow Car' system. In 1901 Huntington formed the sprawling interurban, standard gauge Pacific Electric Railway (the PE), known more familiarly as the 'Red Car' system, centered at 6th and Main Streets in Los Angeles. By 1910, the Huntington trolley systems stretched over approximately 1300 miles of southern California. At its peak, there were over 20 streetcar lines and 1,250 trolleys, mostly through the core of Los Angeles and serving such nearby neighborhoods as Echo Park, Westlake, Hancock Park, Exposition Park, West Adams, the Crenshaw district, Vernon, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights; and the 1902 acquisition of the Mount Lowe Railway.
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