LARY: Rimpau Loop / PE: Vineyard Junction, 1938
By Ralph Cantos
This remarkable aerial photograph taken around 1938-39 shows the LARY Pico-Rimpau Loop and Pacific Electric’s Vineyard Junction yard. This photo must have been taken on a Sunday morning. There is only one “P” car at the loading area, and several PE cars are tied down for the day at Vineyard. On a typical weekday, there would be at least 2 or 3 PCCs in the loop and just a few, if any PE cars in the storage yard. The LARY PCC was new about this time, and there are no “modernized” Hollywood cars among the cars in this scene. What a wonderful this place this must have been for LA rail fans.
Today, this scene is totally unrecognizable. Except for the two-story apartments along both sides of Rimpau Blvd., NOTHING remains of what is seen here. Only the West Blvd. bridge (just out of the photo to the right) remains today. A huge shopping center now occupies the loop area and the Vineyard yard. Both of these rail facilities are now just a distant memory for those rail fans who were lucky enough to have seen this area in person.
Ralph Cantos Collection