U Line

LATL 1281 at Piedmont Avenue

Posted on: May 10, 2015 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

Philipott and Baldridge Collection

Philipott and Baldridge Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines car no. 1281 waits with traffic at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Figueroa in what appears to be U Line service. CORRECTION: It's the W Line. Thanks, Ralph!

Philipott and Baldridge Collection

Here's a contemporary view of this location:

LARy 681 – Mayhem at the Movies

Posted on: June 2, 2014 by Pacific Electric 6 Comments

 

If you look closely at the window to the left of the motorman, the special effects people have drawn cracks in the window with some type of light-colored paint to make it look like it was damaged. Ralph Cantos Collection.

If you look closely at the window to the left of the motorman, the special effects people have drawn cracks in the window with some type of light-colored paint to make it look like it was damaged. Ralph Cantos Collection.

By Ralph Cantos

Its no secret that from about 1910 onward, Southern California's budding movie industry was very fond of LA's streetcars of both the Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railways. PE's Hollywood cars and LARy's "Standards" were known the world over from their countless appearances on the big screen.

In this photo from taken from the 1930 2-reel Laurel & Hardy comedy "Hog Wild," yet another Ford Model T is done in by the special effects department of Hal Roach Studios. From the research that I have done, I place the location of the "accident" on Estrella Avenue just north of 23rd Street in the West Adams District.

Estrella Avenue was traveled by the U Line cars. Much of this neighborhood where this scene was staged, was bulldozed away many decades ago by the construction of the 110 Harbor Freeway. Estrella Avenue was shortened by several blocks with the completion of the freeway.

Car #681, a Type B-2 Standard built around 1911, would live a long, productive life. It was retired just after the sale of the LARy to National (NASTY) City Lines in 1946. The 681 fared much then the Model T Ford used for this scene. Today, sister car #665 lives on at OERM.

Scroll ahead to about 17:40 to see the scene depicted above in the still image.

301 at 5th and Grand

Posted on: November 3, 2013 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

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Los Angeles Transit Lines car no. 301 on 5th and Grand on the U Line. The date is February 16, 1947.

Robert T. McVay Photo

304 at 5th and Wall Streets

Posted on: November 14, 2012 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Chard Walker Collection, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

Chard Walker Collection, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-Los Angeles Railway) U Line car no. 304 is captured at 5th and Wall Streets on May 15, 1947, as an LATL crew installs new overhead for the trackless bus systems that will soon be deployed. Note the "no. 45" and LATL logotype on the door of the overhead truck.

Scanned for Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society from the Chard Walker collection at the Pacific Railroad Museum in San Dimas Calif

Chard Walker Collection, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

The U Line’s Last Day with 90

Posted on: August 30, 2012 by Pacific Electric 4 Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-Los Angeles Railway) car no. 90 is made ready for the last run of a on the U Line in this image dated August 3, 1947.

Ralph Cantos Collection

Goodbye Girl

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS No Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

A Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-LARy) U Line car (no. 900?) is decorated to commemorate the ending of trolley service on the U Line. The graphics include "Good Bye You Lovable U," "Last Car to Run on the U Line, Sunday Aug 3," "Last Sowbelly on the Streets of Los Angeles."

Jack Finn Collection

303 on the U Line

Posted on: December 13, 2009 by PERyHS 3 Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Los Angeles Railway U Line streetcars (led by no. 303) stop at Florence Blvd. passenger loading pads while heading south on Vermont. Note the crowd awaiting the opposite direction car.

Jack Finn Collection

Good Bye You Lovable U

Posted on: December 9, 2009 by PERyHS 2 Comments

 

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

 
A sad event is documented for posterity in this image of the final U Line scheduled run on the Los Angeles Railway, August 3, 1947. The car is decorated to read "Last car to run on the U Line Sunday Aug. 3" and "Last Sowbelly on the streets of Los Angeles."
 
Jack Finn Collection