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The last streetcar

The last streetcar

March 31, 1963: A crowd of rail buffs gathers around as last streetcar completes its final run at 6:14 a.m. at Georgia Street barns. Some of the onlookers had been observing the historic event all night.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority took the last 164 rail trolleys and 89 trolley-buses out of service and replaced them with 300 air-suspension buses.

This photo was published in a street edition of the L.A. Times.

The Los Angeles Times reported in a March 31, 1963, short non-byline story that:

More than 200 mourners gathered at the Greater Los Angeles Press Club Saturday night to observe solemn last rites for the streetcar.

A part of the Los Angeles transportation system for 90 years, streetcars, and their first cousins, trolley busses, were to be off the streets by 6 a.m. today….

Saturday night’s rites were simple.

After a cocktail party “wake,” the mourners assembled at a buffet dinner. A eulogy to the noble streetcar was delivered by veteran actor Reginald Denny….

A lily was tearfully placed on a streetcar model and the mourners took a last sentimental journey from the club to the old Georgia St. car barn.

They returned by bus.

A new streetcar system is proposed as part of the new NFL football stadium. (See the end of story.)


  1. February 14, 2011, 1:49 pm

    How sad it was to end the Streetcar. 40 years and billions of dollars later the streetcar came back as light rail. It never should have left.

    By: halfmac
  2. February 14, 2011, 5:12 pm

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by LA Times City Desk, Daniel Zelter. Daniel Zelter said: RT @LATimescitydesk: From our photo archives (1963), rail buffs hold wake as LA's last streetcar completes final run: […]

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