L Line

LARY L line at LA High School

Posted on: August 31, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

By Ralph Cantos

In this beautiful photo taken in 1925, the newly completed LA High School Main Building stands proud and majestic at the corner of West Olympic and Rimpau Blvds.

I believe at this time the L line was a money maker for the LARY. It certainly had the same ridership potential as the nearby P line just a short distance to the south.

But West Olympic Blvd. was in a constant state of improvement. Once known as West 10th Street, it only went as far west as Crenshaw Blvd. where the L line cars jogged over to Country Club Drive via Victoria Avenue and then back to the "new" Olympic Blvd that was being extended westward towards far-off Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

n the early part of the 20th Century, Rimpau Blvd. was the "edge of town" where LARY car lines (including the L, P and W) ended. The PE's Venice Short Line handled passengers heading for the "hinterlands" of Culver City, Palms, Mar Vista, Venice, and Santa Monica.

By 1940, the City of Los Angeles gave the LARY and the L line the "royal boot." Major reconstruction of Olympic Blvd. was well under way, and the L line did not fit into LA's "master plan" for its "automotive wonderland" then envisioned be City traffic "experts." The L line was replaced by the "new and improved" motor coach line #90. I am more the sure that patrons of the L line would have preferred PCCs rather then jarring Yellow Coach Diesel Buses that were forced on them. The P line must have benefited greatly by this dreadful mistake made by traffic "experts."

As a final note, the beautiful Main Building of Los Angeles High was severely damaged in the 1971 earthquake, and sadly, was torn down sometime in the mid-1970's to be replaced by a modern box-like building, probably designed by the same "experts" the City of LA had in its Planning Department.

Ralph Cantos Collection

543 at Country Club Drive and Olympic Boulevard

Posted on: July 6, 2013 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

Craig Rasmussen Collection, Ralph Cantos Collection

Craig Rasmussen Collection, Ralph Cantos Collection

By Ralph Cantos

Los Angeles Railway car no. 543 swings off of Country Club Drive onto Olympic Blvd. heading for its terminal at Mullen Street - directly across from Los Angeles High School in this May 1939 view.

Time was running out to the L Line. The Los Angeles Railway was under heavy pressure to abandon the rail service . Improvements to Olympic Blvd, the former West 10th Street was well under way. The rails had been in place since the early years of the 20th Century, and were not up to high standards that the City of LA was imposing on the LARY and Pacific Electric. Something had to give, and it did... the L line!!

About a year after this photo was taken, L line rail service was cut back to Olympic Blvd and Menlo St. leaving LA High School students at the mercy of the new bus line #90. Then in April 1940, the good old L line was gone for good, or bad. depending on what you call "progress." As a special note, the telephone wire wood encasement over the trolley wires, remained in place over Olympic Blvd, as a reminder of the L line until about 2005, when new phone lines were strung at this location, and LAST vestige of the L line disappeared forever. I have not seen any more of these wood encasements around LA now for several years, the one here at Olympic and Country Club was the last one that I knew of.

Craig Rasmussen Collection, Ralph Cantos Collection

873 on Victoria Avenue at Country Club

Posted on: November 29, 2011 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

Wilbur C. Whittaker Photo Ralph Cantos Collection

Wilbur C. Whittaker Photo Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Railway car no. 873 rolls along Victoria Avenue at Country Club (south of Olympic Boulevard) in this 1936 view. Today, except for the loss of the L line, the street is unchanged.

Wilbur C. Whittaker Photo
Ralph Cantos Collection

32, 22, Pay Only $1 Per Week

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS 3 Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Los Angeles Railway L Line streetcar no. 32 proceeds up Broadway between First and Temple while being followed by A Line car no. 22. The United Radio Stores storefront promises new 1939 designs for only $1 a week.

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Jack Finn Collection

42 at the Car Barn

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS No Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Los Angeles Railway L Line no. 42 poses with its motorman and conductor at the LARy car barns. The destination board reads "Olympic & Mullen." The L Line ran between East Hollywood and Mid-City.

Jack Finn Collection