Los Angeles Railway

3156 at the Hub Cafe

Posted on: January 1, 2012 by Pacific Electric 8 Comments
L. Swanson Photo, Andy Goddard Collection

L. Swanson Photo, Andy Goddard Collection

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority PCC no. 3156 pauses during R Line service at the Hub Cafe in this image dated April 1962. The exact location the turnaround loop for the R Line at 1st & Vermont Ave.

Modified based on comment

L. Swanson Photo
Andy Goddard Collection

8 Responses

  1. Alan K. Weeks

    January 1, 2012

    Hi
    The location is the turn around loop for the R Line at 1st & Vermont Ave.

    – Thanks, Alan! – ed.

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    • MURPHY, M.

      January 14, 2013

      The cafe and the tracks are still there… The back lot to the auto repair shop (formally Red’s Alignment) still sports a healthy supply of track. My Granny lived on Whitehouse Place long ago, and took me on the trolley as a babe.

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      • Pacific Electric

        January 14, 2013

        Here’s a good look at some of that track!


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  2. George J. Gliaudys, Jr.

    January 2, 2012

    Virgil Jr. High was just across the street (1st) and the Belmont theater was a half block away on Vermont. I had nice lunches at the Hub Cafe while taking piano lessons at the LA Music Conservatory that was in the same building as the Belmont Theater. Great era of the Fifties and early Sixties.

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  3. Bob Davis

    January 14, 2013

    Could this have been in late March 1963? It would have been unusual to have a P-3 on the R line; I was told they normally stayed on the P. One might suspect a fan trip, but there aren’t any railfans in the photo.

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  4. Ralph Cantos

    January 15, 2013

    This WAS A FAN TRIP operated by the ERHA-SC. The BIG P’s NEVER operated on the R line. The

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  5. Bob Davis

    January 15, 2013

    Thanks for the clarification, Ralph–I guess good photo-line etiquette prevailed.

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  6. Ralph Cantos

    January 16, 2013

    The P-3s spent their entire lives on the P line , EXCEPT for the last day of service on 3-31-63 when several P-3s were used on the J line so as to free up several more of the P-1 & P-2 air cars to be put into storage first. Those bastards at the “first” LAMTA (Many Trolley AbandonmentS) wanted the all-electrics at the open end of the line of stored PCC’s because they thought the P-3’s would be sold first..

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