H Line

LATL 1305 and 1391

Posted on: May 10, 2015 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

 Philipott and Baldridge Collection

Philipott and Baldridge Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines cars nos. 1305 (H Line service) and 1391 (S Line service) at a crossing at Western Avenue in this undated photo.

Philipott and Baldridge Collection

H Line Rails on Heliotrope Boulevard (1996)

Posted on: July 12, 2013 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

 Ralph Cantos Photo, Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Photo, Ralph Cantos Collection

By Ralph Cantos

After the very unpopular 1947 Los Angeles Transit Lines abandonment of the H line, the City Of Los Angeles paved over unneeded rails of the well constructed line including Heliotrope Blvd.

Like so much of LA's vast trolley system, much of PE's and LARY's rail lay just a few inches below the asphalt. Back in the summer of 1996, the rails of LARY's H line saw the light of day along this section of Heliotrope Bl. after being buried for 48 years.

City Street Maintenance crews had already scraped off the 1948 pavement in preparation for repaving. The track was completely intact in both directions, and in excellent condition from Melrose Ave down to Oakwood St. where the H line went into PRW (private right-of-way). I hastily made an H line dash sign out of cardboard, pulled into the car tracks, and snapped this photo.

I may not be around to photograph these rails the next time they make an appearance sometime around 2046.

Ralph Cantos Photo, Ralph Cantos Collection

Here's a bonus photo of Ralph with his 1978 Ford Fairmont / Pacific Electric Trolley Wire Maintenance Division wagon! Awesome!

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

687 on the H Line near Hoover

Posted on: February 5, 2013 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines car no. 687 rolls inbound on the H line just east of Hoover Street.

From Ralph Cantos:

The H line was very popular, and was well patronized, but the powers in charge at the "new" LATL didn't give a damn, and the H line was an early LATL abandonment. The #44 bus line on nearby Beverly Blvd was called upon to "pick up the slack."...

Ralph Cantos Collection

637 at Melrose and Normandie

Posted on: January 2, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Railway car no. 637 on the H Line is captured paused at Melrose and Normandie in this undated photo.

Ralph Cantos Collection

1301 on the H Line

Posted on: November 20, 2011 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-Los Angeles Railway) H Line car no. 1301 is captured in an image from the last week of H Line service.

Ralph Cantos Collection

1258 at Virgil Avenue

Posted on: November 20, 2011 by Pacific Electric 6 Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Railway H Line car no. 1258 emerges from private right-of-way at Virgil Ave. Note the ACME traffic signal and the contact on the trolley wire to activate it.

Ralph Cantos Collection

1404 Waiting for Pedestrians

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS 1 Comment

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

It's 1948 and Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-Los Angeles Railway) H Line streetcar no. 1404 waits for pedestrians to cross the busy intersection at 7th and Alvarado (MacArthur Park) before proceeding. The H Line ran between South Los Angeles and East Hollywood. This location is home to Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant since 1947.

Jack Finn Collection

Watching the Streetcars Roll By

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS No Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Two children watch Los Angeles Railway H Line street car no. 1153 as it emerges from its private right-of-way at Commonwealth Avenue. The destination board reads "Maple Ave. to 53rd Street." The H Line ran from South Los Angeles to East Hollywood.

Jack Finn Collection

1394 H Line Action

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS No Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines H Line streetcar no. 1394 cruises through a residential district with a fairly full passenger load. The H Line ran between South Los Angeles and East Hollywood.

Jack Finn Collection

H Line Climb

Posted on: December 10, 2009 by PERyHS 1 Comment

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

 
Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-Los Angeles Railway) H Line streetcar no. 1232 negotiates a slight incline on private right-of-way near Vermont Avenue. The H Line ran between South Los Angeles and East Hollywood.
 
Jack Finn Collection