Western District

Rumbling Through Playa Del Rey

Posted on: January 8, 2014 by Pacific Electric 4 Comments
Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

An unidentified Pacific Electric interurban rumbles through the sleepy town of Playa Del Rey as a classic PE wig-wag tolls on the same street as the Del Rey Market and Del Rey Drugs. The PE station is visible just up ahead to the right, in this view looking north toward Venice. The date is December 24, 1939 and the image is by the incomparable Ralph Melching.

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

4 Responses

  1. Joe M.

    January 9, 2014

    According to Google Street view imagery, dated 8-2012, the buildings for the former Del Rey Market-179 Culver, in addition to the building to its left with the tile roof- 177 Culver, and the Del Rey Drugs-200 Culver, still exist.

  2. Sandra Carro

    March 14, 2014

    I’m old enough to have ridden the red car from Eagle Rock to downtown Los Angeles, USC district, as a child, and still young enough to have hiked the remnants of the old Mt Lowe trail within the last five years. My best friend, as did my Uncle 40 years ago, owns a home in Playa. Small world! These pictures spoke to me on a very intimate level. They chronicled my life!

    • Robert Anderson

      December 8, 2014

      You must have ridden a yellow car, or else went over to Glendale or Pasadena to hop a red car. Whichever – I envy you!

  3. Scott Cramolini

    March 25, 2014

    The good old days indeed


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