3079 and 1450, the last H Class Car
Metropolitan Transit Authority (ex-Los Angeles Railway, ex-Los Angeles Transit Lines) cars — nos. 3079 on S Line service and 1450 on N Line service — sit next to one another on a Los Angeles street on May 9, 1959. 1450 was the last H Class car in service on this day.
L. Swanson Photo, Andy Goddard Collection
1450 survives–it’s preserved at Orange Empire. OERM has both the first (LARy 1201) and last “H” type cars. 1450 was sometimes used as a “test bed” by LARy, and (as I recall) was the only “H” with General Electric equipment–the others were all Westinghouse. Note the “N” route sign; I suspect 1450 was a railfan charter since the “N” was abandoned long before 1959. The “S” was one of the five lines that lasted until the end in 1963. There’s an old story about a snail who was tired of being the metaphor for slowness. So he hired on at LATL and finally bid a run on the “S” line. He was the fastest operator on that route, and people would see him racing by and say, “Look at that “S” car go!”