H Line

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

6 Responses

  1. Steve Crise

    November 21, 2011

    Wow – What a great shot! What street is it that the car is about to cross? I didn’t know they used Acme’s to protect grade crossings! Very interesting photo.

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  2. Tom A.

    December 4, 2011

    Virgil Avenue, about halfway between 1st and 2nd.

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  3. Bob Chaparro

    February 12, 2012

    Maybe it’s the lighting and lack of distinct shadows combined with the lack of aging to the structures, but this ALMOST looks like a photo of a model. I know it’s real but it does look like a photo from a hobby magazine.

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  4. Everett Neal

    December 5, 2016

    The photo, above, can easily inspire a modeller to copy the scene on his or her layout – at least on a portion of it. I really like this photo. The scene wonderfully depicts the flavor of old style “traction” railroading from a bygone era.

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  5. Ralph Cantos

    December 6, 2016

    This photo looks west. In the distance can be seen the BIMINI HOTEL which still stands today. The two large homes on each side of the right of way have been replaced by one large apartment building, other smaller apts. have been built along the right of way as well.

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  6. Joe M.

    December 9, 2016

    Thought I would share this website that shows the H line trackage from Virgil to Bimini Pl., turning north to 1st Street. You may have to copy and paste the site to your browser.

    https://laecovillage.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/ride-the-streetcar-to-the-bimini-baths/

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