Friday, February 15, 2008

RED CAR TALK... (old RAPID TRANSIT)

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• RAIL LINES BLANKETED

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO,,,

some pics to reminisce- or LEARN...


There has been much talk about the growth
of DownTown L.A., lofts, art districts and
bringing back the Red Cars which were rail
lines that went from Canoga Park to Big Bear,
and Seal Beach to Santa Monica. You can
probably say, 'we got freeways to all these
places' and you would be more than correct.
Cars and Trucks and Buses follow these




routes and in our future, now, we have a couple
of rail lines that approximate those tracks.
If you go to San Pedro there is a small line
using a couple of newly made reconstructions
that run daily basically for tourists. They
want to add more to this line to expand on
the growing arts disrict in San Pedro.
The L.A. DownTown News says that would be
great for Broadway and that area's new growth.



Here are some pics of OLD L.A. Transit,
maybe
you would agree,
we need that incentive too,

HERE IN NOHO,






and by the way, WE HAVE
the ORIGINAL RAIL STATION

right at Chandler & Lankershim just
waiting for full restoration.

The above photos show the
CHANDLER &
LANKERSHIM DEPOT, this
ORIGINAL STATION

STILL EXISTS ON ITS SITE !

You can see in the top photo that
Lankershim is in the background
THE BUSWAY is where the
Red Cars are shown with
buses also part of the
Pacific Electric Railway.
Chandler is to the right.

THE RED CAR ABOVE has traveled west from the Lankershim Depot
and is traversing the wash at Coldwater going down to Canoga Park.
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2 comments:

Hedda Hopper said...

Wow, what a great site. I found it through your S-T video on Mayor Sam's just a little while ago.
Thank you, I will be back for a visit. Do you have pictures of the red, green and I think yellow cars in the old Subway terminal builidng. We really had a good transit system back then. Too bad special interested companies and poliicians took the street cars out!

Mr. Footprint said...

THANKS! This site is Grrrrreat!
I used to catch the 'ol "Red Car" at Thrifty's Drug Store - Victory & Lankershim when I was in the Navy and ride all the way to my ship in Long Beach for a DOLLAR!! (1957)