Western District

Toluca Yard at the Portal

Posted on: May 9, 2010 by PERyHS 2 Comments
Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Pacific Electric's Toluca Yard looking northward from almost above the Subway Terminal tunnel portal. The Beverly Blvd. and 1st Street viaduct is visible in the background.

Jack Finn Collection

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  1. M U T H

    May 27, 2010

    I grew up in this area and know the area well. As you can see at the far end there was a wall about 15 foot high all around the north and east side of the yard. The shed in the center was where the mechanics hung out. during the day time the yard was full of cars and during the rush hour they were put in service. Most went to Glendale / Burbank runs, but some of the Hollywood cars would turn west at the end of Echo Park lake and up to Sunset Blvd. to hollywood and Santa Monica Blvd. In the picture where the bridge is …is where Glendale Blvd. starts. Just past Echo Park Lake is where the “right of way” started and off and on all the way to Glendale. As kids we would sit up above the yard and watch to see if any workers were around.. If we did’nt see any men down there we would jump off the wall into a big pile of sand at the bottom. What a lot of fun it was.

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  2. M U T H

    May 27, 2010

    CONT> sometimes the work saw us and the chase began. We woulld run as fast as we could and there was sort of a ramp next to the tunnel enterance, and we would scamper up this ramp and reach up to grab the guard rail that was on the top of the wall and pull ourselves up and out of reach of thr workers. I remember alot of cussing and yelling at us by those workers. We never were caught { I’m glad of that } because we wold laugh at the workers and maybe even gave them the finger. This photo was taken much later as I recall there were mostly Hollywood cars and what I called “Venice ” cars in the yard. Venice cars were the real old ones tha ran to Venice Beach. This was during the war years and the newer cars were just comin out. They were 5000 series and the numbblue for the war effort.er 5000 was painted

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