LATL 9209 at Vermont and West 8th, 1950

Los Angeles Transit Lines track gangs are busy with this repair project at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 8th Street. Motor flat car no. 9209 is part of the action as it turns right off of Vermont onto West 8th Street.

Key Drugs, seen in the background just above the cab of 9209, was part of the Rexall Drugstore chain of stores that once numbered more than 12,000 locations across America. Key Drugs, remodeled and updated, is still located at the northeast corner of the intersection.

Another survivor is motor flat car 9209. Built in 1913 in the home shops of the Los Angeles Railway, predecessor of the Los Angeles Transit Lines, it is safely stored at the Orange Empire Railway Museum near Perris, California.

This is another historic image donated by Ken L. Douglas from his personal collection. Ken made this shot around 1950.

Ken L. Douglas Photo and Collection

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  • Al Donnelly
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    A great shit for more reasons than can be counted…but what is the project? Some if that rail looks far below the street surface…could they be raising the rail level higher to meet the flanges better and keep car wheels from going on the ground. Or is it a case of rotted ties?

  • Al Donnelly
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    Oops, better change that to “shot”…touchpads, they never fail to amaze!!

  • sean buckley
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    They were changing from the N line coming out 9th to Vermont, then north one block and west on 8th…reroutes the S line west on 7th out of downtown to Vermont south one block to 8th St and west to Western Ave. N line was discontinued and became bus line 25 ending at Vermont and 9th St.

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