Pacific Electric 1953 Air Line Abandonment Notices
Click here to download First Notice (1953) in PDF format
Click here to download Second Notice (1953) in PDF format
Alan Weeks Collection
Strange that the abandoned Air Line right of way is being converted into a new Light Rail line as I ran across these two Notices in my collection. The first part of a two part abandonment came on September 30, 1953 when service (one round trip a day) was abandoned from Ocean Park- Santa Monica to Los Angeles Main St. Station. If I remember correctly it was not completely abandoned because the Interstate Commerce Commission did not give permission to abandon the line.
So the franchise car ran once a day from 11th Ave. in Los Angeles to Amoco Tower at the Four track main line on Long Beach Blvd. (The present Blue Line runs on the same right of way as the four track main line did.) The second part was abandoned on October 27, 1953. I remember riding both last trips.
As I recall, it was the franchise requirements of the City of Los Angeles that kept the line open to 11th Avenue until October, 1953. After the USC-Minnesota football game on September 26, I rode the last Saturday operational car from the Coliseum to Santa Monica.
i hired out on the pacific in 1961,just as they were taking down the trolly wires on the four tracks at amoco tower.i started my career in butte st yard.Ive worked everywhere south west north. i used to go the airline to culver city and go from ther to venice and inglewood right pass hughs aircraft. i used to go to santa monica. west hollywood right thru rodeo drive to wonder bread bakery. I wish i had an employee roster from then. Well just a little for thanks dennis