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Ride The Last Red Car – Los Angeles 1961

Written by Christopher Alm • March 15th, 2013

A 14-minute documentary about the last “red car” train from downtown Los Angles to Long Beach in 1961. The red cars, along with buses and streetcars were famous sights in California and operated by the Pacific Electric company.

The Los Angeles to Long Beach passenger rail line served from July 4, 1903 until April 9, 1961. Back then it still had long stretches of open country running on private right-of-way. With the introduction of new fast freeways and more competitive cars in the early 1950s, the trains and streetcars were deemed as redundant and expensive. By the mid of the 1960s, the former Pacific Electric was no more.

Today, the same route is operated by Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority light rail lines, rebuilt as the dual track Metro Blue Line.

Source Pacific Electric   

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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