Pacific Electric 746 at San Vicente Blvd. and Genesee Street
By Ralph Cantos
This beautiful photograph taken around 1948-49 shows Pacific electric car no. 746 laying over at San Vicente Blvd. and Genesee Street. Most likely, the 746 is working the “16th St. Local.” That line would run local service along Venice Blvd. Hill Street, Sunset Blvd. through Hollywood to Gardner Junction with some rush-hour runs going all the way to Beverly Hills Station.
On weekends, a single car would operate as the “San Vicente Shuttle” every 20 minutes. Originally, this trackage was part of the Santa Monica via Beverly Hills line that was discontinued in 1940. Thereafter, this track was kept intact to La Cienega Blvd. for a “back door” access to West Hollywood car house and yard via a single track, “back alley” p-r-w (private right-of-way). Passenger service was provided only as far as Genesee Street. Beyond Genesee, only dead-heading cars to West Hollywood yard used the remaining track.
The 746 looks really beautiful in this photo. For what ever reason, she looks nicely “refreshed” in what appears to be a complete repaint from roof to skirts. Notice that the words PACIFIC ELECTRIC are gone from her flanks, replaced by a new, winged PE emblem. Just 3 or 4 years after this photo was taken, the 746 would arrive in Buenos Aires. I am sure that railroad officials there looked at the 746 and wondered, “What the hell is wrong with those stupid Americanos?” How right they were….
Today, all the apartments on the right side of this photo still stand , but the left side of the street has completely changed. A large hospital complex now occupies that ground.
Ralph Cantos Collection