Before the Rush

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Four Pacific Electric streetcars (led by no. 743) sit lined up and waiting for dispatch on the Van Nuys line to North Hollywood, Universal City and the Subway Terminal building downtown.

Jack Finn Collection

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  • Bob Davis
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    The Valley Sevens (735-749) wore this distinctive paint job for only a few years–1938 to 1940. They were the Hollywood cars with rewound motors for higher speed service to the San Fernando Valley. This upgrade allowed retirement of the old wooden cars former used here. They were later part of the group of cars (732-759) that were not part of the 5050 program. They ran on the Monrovia-Glendora line in its last months and were then sold to a company in Argentina.

  • George Todd
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    I’m having trouble with this being Chandler to Van Nuys Blvd. because of the direction of the curve, and the side of the cars. Looking at the front of the lead car with a Subway Terminal destination sign displayed means this curve has to be Sherman Circle. Also, Sherman Circle was the end of service after 1940, and a logical place to store cars for the morning rush. Cars wouldn’t have been stored in the middle of the single track block system between the end of double track on Van Nuys Blvd and Kester either.

    • Warren Weiss
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      Good points, George. I have to agree with you.

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Jack Finn Collection