Western District

637 near North Hollywood

Posted on: January 3, 2010 by PERyHS 9 Comments
Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric streetcars led by no. 637 pass through a grade crossing near North Hollywood on the Van Nuys Line.

Alan Weeks Collection

9 Responses

  1. Donald Duke

    January 8, 2010

    This is the Van Nuys Line, so named because the San Fernando Line went out in 1940 or 1941.

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  2. Bob Davis

    June 15, 2010

    637 is preserved at Orange Empire, presently stored inoperable in Barn 7.

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  3. Lawrence Hersh

    July 2, 2010

    This is the Chandler Blvd/Vineland Avenue curve, view to the

    southeast. The dual tracks are crossing Chandler Blvd and curving to the

    west, to join with the SP Valley Branch Line…..which is to the north (left of

    photo) and out of view.

    The photo shows the part of Chandler Blvd on the southside of the SPVBL,

    ending at Vineland Avenue just beyond the tracks in the photo.

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  4. Donal J. Baker

    July 2, 2010

    this is an unusual picture of a 600 class car as it has the original headlight and also has the red reflectors applied after WW2.

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  5. Jim Baker

    July 6, 2010

    This train is signed for the San Fernando line.
    If you expand the photo you can read “Canoga Park” as one of the stops on the dash sign.
    The location here is Wilcox Ave., I believe.

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  6. Bob Davis

    July 6, 2010

    I checked “Interurbans Special 21” and found that rail passenger service to Canoga Park ended in 1938. Could the top line on the dash sign be “Bus Connection?” Also, a recent Thomas Bros. map shows Wilcox Ave. to be in Hollywood, and the scene in the photo looks too rustic for that. Could there have been a Wilcox in the North Hollywood area that had its name change to something else to avoid confusion in those pre-ZIP-code days?

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  7. Lawrence Hersh

    July 6, 2010

    OMG,

    Is the Wilcox Avenue issue becoming a problem.

    Perhaps there was a typo in the map or the notes at that time.

    I searched in vain for a link to Wilcox Avenue in No. Hollywood on the IT

    to no avail. The only Wilcox Avenue is the one in Hollywood.

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  8. Jim Baker

    July 7, 2010

    OK Guy’s, I had heard the Wilcox Ave title sometime in the distant past.
    The photo is on the Vineland Ave, Chandler Blvd. curve to the west toward North Hollywood.
    Sorry for any confusion .. JimB

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  9. Harry Marnell

    July 7, 2010

    (At least) the south roadway of what is now Chandler, from Vineland west to Tujunga, was at different times in the past called both Margate Street, and prior to that, Wilcox Avenue:

    http://navigatela.lacity.org/easis/easis_images.cfm?strno=8045 (2nd panel, second line from bottom)

    http://navigatela.lacity.org/easis/easis_images.cfm?strno=4686 (5th panel, line 3)

    Those street names also extended out in both directions in bits and pieces. Margate is still around, but the only two Wilcoxes within the city are AVENUE and PLACE, both over the hill in Hollywood

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