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A No. 1522 Pacific Electric Red Car leaves the Pacific Electric Building at 6th and Main streets heading to Long Beach in Los Angeles in Dec. 1960 shortly before service ended in 1961.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

The christening of the first electric trolley to leave the Pacific Electric Company's Subway Terminal Building in November 1925 featured Pacific Electric President D.W. Pontius, left, and a woman identified as Mrs. Fred Billhardt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sam Florence, head of Pacific Electric signal system, inspects a safety signal device in the company's subway terminal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stagg Photographer

A Pacific Electric Red Car passing over the Pico Street viaduct with people and autos below, circa 1927.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Subway tunnel at 2nd Street and Glendale Boulevard under construction in 1925.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Last trips of the Pacific Electric cars making finals runs in June 1955 through the mile-long subway tunnel before its abandonment. This end of the tunnel was at 2nd Street and Glendale Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Donald Duke / Los Angeles Times

A Hollywood Boulevard Pacific Electric Red Car in a subway tunnel in Los Angeles. Date unknown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Pacific Electric Red Cars in Los Angeles in 1935.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Pacific Electric conductor A.L. Norris checksthe register on a red car's last trip to Alhambra in 1941.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Outbound passengers crowd the Pacific Electric Subway Terminal as they wait for rescue crews to remove a woman from under a car's trucks on Dec. 9, 1942.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A Pacific Electric Red Car on the Glendale-Burbank line in 1943.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A two-car Pacific Electric train collided with a 2-ton truck and trailer in Bellflower, with the first car hurtling off the track and sheering a telephone pole in 1946. The trailer wheels are at right. Five people were injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Motorman E.A. Abbott, right, and conductor O.B. Hotchkiss in a Pacific Electric Red Car in 1952.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A Pacific Electric Red Car motorman waves to a passing colleague in 1953.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

A nearly empty No. 1522 Pacific Electric red car enroute from Los Angeles to Long Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

Preschoolers and mothers jam a Pacific Electric Glendale-Burbank Red Car in 1955 for what was probably the last time as the line switched to buses the next week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A Pacific Electric Rail bus in Los Angeles in September 1950.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

A Pacific Electric trestle crossing at Maple Avenue is demolished in March 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Old Pacific Electric Red Cars sit at Terminal Island junkyard, awaiting becoming scrap metal on March 19, 1956.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Old Pacific Electric trollies wait to be loaded aboard Moore-McCormack Lines' SS Mormacland at Berth 232 on Terminal Island. They were shipped to Buenos Aires for use in the streetcar system there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Grant MacDonald / Los Angeles Times

Roy Brucker checks the lock on the closed subway tunnel at 2nd Street and Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles in June 1956.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

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3 Comments

  1. March 12, 2013, 6:51 pm

    Donald Duke shot many wonderful imgaes of the Pacific Electric. See more of his work at http://www.PERyhs.org. – Steve Crise

    By: scrise@aol.com
  2. August 22, 2013, 9:38 am

    i didnt know EVs streched back to 1960s far

  3. August 28, 2013, 1:19 am

    Actually this is true that, pollution rate is increasing day by day due to use of excess amount of vehicles. So, we have to control this pollution to stay safely in future. Actually, to control the pollution caused by vehicles we can go for electric cars. Actually electric car concept was discovered by the branded car makers to minimize the level of p0llution in the environment. Actually sometimes because of vehicle problem more carbon dioxide gas releases from the vehicle so, for these cases we have to repair our car from good car repair centers whenever required to get better performance from it. .

    By: Adam Root

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