2 Line

9001 on Main Street at First

Posted on: July 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Ross Fry Collection, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Ross Fry Collection, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines trolley bus no. 9001 heads southbound on Main Street near First Street and Los Angeles City Hall in this circa-1955 image. Note the dual-gauge rail still in the street.

Ross Fry Collection, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Here's a view of the location today - noticeably more sterile:


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8028 at Macy and Alameda

Posted on: July 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Ross Fry Collection, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Ross Fry Collection, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

By Ralph Cantos

Los Angeles Transit Lines Trolley Coach no. 8028 pulls up to the streetcar "safety zone" at Macy & Alameda Streets in downtown L.A. Number 8028 was one of 40 Trolley Coaches ordered by the Key System. For unknown reasons, the Key System gave up on their plans for a trolley coach system. All 40 of them were sent south to Los Angeles, some in Key System paint, others in gray primer. LATL had BIG plans for the Trolley Coach. There was to have been three Trolley Coach lines; Line #1-Alvarado Street, Line #2- City Terrace and Line #3- West 6th / 3rd Streets.

The 8000s were built by ACF Brill in 1946-47. Another 40 Trolley Coaches came in late 1948 numbered 9001 to 9040. The only difference between the 8000 and 9000 TC's was the larger front windshield on the 9000s. The last 30 TC's were the 9100's numbered 9101 to 9130. These last TC's were of the newer and last design TC built by Brill. Line 1 never came to be, perhaps because the 110 TC's on hand were just enough to cover the 2 and 3 lines. By the time the LAMTA scuttled the 5 PCC rail lines and the two TC lines. all the 8000s were in dead storage at Division 1. The LAMTA had cut the service to the vanishing point, only about 70 TCs were needed for what remained of the service.

The LAMTA did the same thing with the PCC rail service. When the LAMTA converted the S line to PCC operation, there was a shortage of about 20 PCCs. Buses were used on the V line in rush hour service for about a year. Then the service reductions started, and by the end of 1962, almost 30 PCCs were in dead storage at Vernon Yard; and as the late Paul Harvey would always say, "and now you know the rest of the story."

Ross Fry Collection, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

1267 and 9007 at Union Station Loop

Posted on: July 2, 2013 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Electrified transportation dominates this scene taken in 1951, across the street from the Los Angeles Transit Line's Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal loop. H-4 class car no. 1267 working the F line awaits departure time, while Trolley Coach no. 9007 heading for City Terrace on the 2 line, stops for a moment so the photographer could get this neat shot. The driver of 9007 seems very happy to be immortalized, before he pulls away and into history.

Ralph Cantos Collection

9026 2 Line

Posted on: June 11, 2010 by PERyHS 6 Comments

 

Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Collection

 
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority trolley bus no. 9026 rolls down the street past the Terrace Theater as part of 2 Line (Ascot Avenue) service in this March 1963 image.
 
Alan Weeks Collection

9010 on the 2 Line

Posted on: June 11, 2010 by PERyHS No Comments

 

Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Collection

 
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority 2 Line bus no. 9010 rolls down the street as part of Ascot Avenue service ("To 51st Street"). The image date is March 26, 1963.
 
Alan Weeks Collection

Heading Out

Posted on: December 10, 2009 by PERyHS 1 Comment

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

 
The Los Angeles Transit Lines motorman eases V Line streetcar no. 619 out of the Division 1 car barn at Central Avenue and 7th Street . A bevy of LATL cars await orders in the background. These include cars no. 453 (N Line), no. 430 (N Line), and an unidentified S Line car. Already out earning its living is a new Brill trolley bus no. 9124 serving the 2 Line (the destination board reads "Evergreen").
 
Jack Finn Collection