SURVIVING EQUIPMENT OF
PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY

Pacific Electric Railway, or PE, was an interurban streetcar system which carried millions of passengers, but was also an important freight railroad. It ran electric and steam locomotives, and eventually diesel locomotives. From downtown Los Angeles it operated routes north into the San Fernando Valley; east to Pasadena, San Bernardino, and Riverside; south to Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Long Beach, and San Pedro; and west to Torrance, Redondo Beach, Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.

Special thanks to Bob Allessi for his help in locating many of the structures.

NOTE: if you know of any surviving equipment which is not listed, please notify the host.

This page is part of David Coscia's SP Site

June 28, 2015

DEPOTS AND SHELTERS

Bellflower depot 16400 Bellflower Blvd; structure restored; along the Bellflower Bike Trail (former PE right-of-way)
Beverly Hills shelter Sunset Boulevard, east of Hartford Way, in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel
Etiwanda depot 7089 Etiwanda Avenue (north of Base Line); now the office for El Dorado Wood Products
Fullerton depot 136 East Commonwealth (east of Harbor Boulevard); now a restaurant, Amtrak/Metrolink depot behind it
Fontana freight depot 16822 Spring Street (north of Arrow Highway, west of Sierra Avenue)
Art Depot Gallery of the Fontana Parks & Facilities; along the Pacific Electric Trail
Hansen shelter now the Ghost Town & Calico Railroad depot at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park
La Habra depot 311 South Euclid; now the La Habra Depot Theatre
Lynwood shelter 3780 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Lynwood Park west of the transit center (west of Bullis Road); structure restored
North Hollywood depot Chandler Boulevard west of Lankershim Boulevard; structure restored
Palms depot Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park; 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles
Raymond Hotel shelter eastside of Fair Oaks Avenue at Columbia Street, Pasadena
Rio Vista shelter Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles
Rialto depot 119 North Riverside Avenue; now a restaurant
San Antonio Heights shelter San Antonio Park at North Mountain Avenue and Mountain Lane
San Pedro depot 264 East 22nd Street; served WW I era Navy and submarine landing on Outer Harbor line
Santa Monica transfer station 174 Kinney Street; now a restaurant
Soldier's Home shelter Building 66 of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center
Tokio depot Possible replica; 1641 Abbot Kinney, Venice; now a commercial structure
Torrance depot 1250 Cabrillo Avenue; now a restaurant
Venice ticket agency 25 Windward Avenue; now a hostel
Watts freight depot Metro Blue Line station, 103 Street-Kenneth Hahn station; now a business
Whittier freight depot moved to Greenleaf Avenue near Mar Vista Street; now the Transit Center
Whittier depot storefront ticket agency; 12901 Philadelphia Street; now a banquet hall
Yorba Linda depot 18132 Imperial Highway; modified but recognizable; now a restaurant


RAIL TRAILS

Bellflower Bike Trail former Santa Ana line; portion between Ruth R. Caruthers Park and Lakewood Boulevard
Metro Orange Line bicycle path former San Fernando Valley line; portion between Lankershim Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Boulevard
Pacific Electric Trail former San Bernardino line; portion between the City of Claremont and the City of Rialto
Whittier Greenway Trail former Whittier line


STRUCTURES

Grand Canal Bridge Venice Boulevard west of Washington Boulevard; Venice, CA
Mission Road Viaduct over Mission Road in Los Angeles, built in 1934; now the Soto Street overpass
Ontario bus depot 211-215 South Laurel Avenue; now a commercial building
Pacific Electric Building 610 South Main Street, Los Angeles
Pasadena motor coach barn 455 South Arroyo Parkway; now Whole Foods Market, only part of the facade is original
Puente Largo Bridge Encanto Parkway near Encanto Park; Duarte, CA
large multi-span concrete-arch bridge that carried the Glendora Line over the San Gabriel River
Redlands car barn 746 East Citrus Avenue, Redlands; now an auto repair shop
Santa Ana Bridge truss bridge crossing the Santa Ana River near 5th Street in Santa Ana
Santa Ana Line monument Garden Grove; Trask Boulevard and Newhope Avenue; remnant of Santa Ana Line; now a park
Santa Monica general agents office 175 Pier Avenue; now a retail shop
Subway portal remnant of the subway tunnel located at Toluca Yard (Glendale and 2nd Street). The portal has been sealed
Subway Terminal Building 417 South Hill Street, Los Angeles
Torrance Viaduct across Torrance Avenue near Cabrillo Street
West Street Bridge Former Vineyard stop; Venice Boulevard near Crenshaw Boulevard; wire hangers for catenary still visible


SUBSTATIONS

Altadena substation #8; 2245 Lake Avenue, north of Calaveras Street
Burlington substation #36; 1147 West Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles; now an auto upholstery shop
Ivy substation #39; 9070 Venice Boulevard; Culver City; now a meeting hall and theater
Los Nietos substation #10; can be seen looking east from railroad crossing of Norwalk Boulevard south of Perkins Avenue
North Hollywood substation #30; 4475 Vineland Avenue; modified by adding fake columns; now offices
Olive substation #35; 2798 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles; covered in vines; now offices
Pasadena substation #2; South Fair Oaks Avenue and State Street; northeast corner
Santa Ana substation #14; 802 East Fifth Street; now a historical monument
Toluca substation #51; former Toluca Yard; visible from the cul-de-sac on Toluca Street south of 2nd Street
Vineland substation #21; Badillo Street at East Virginia Avenue in Baldwin Park


EQUIPMENT

Information from Cars of the Pacific Electric by Ira Swett

Ferroclub Argentino Buenos Aires, Argentina
PE 1100 1100-class
PE 758 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car
PE 954 steeplecab electric locomotive
Seashore Trolley Museum Kennebunkport, ME
PE 680 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car
Part of a private cabin Crestline, CA
PE 510 wood structure on steel underframe
Los Angeles County Natural History Museum Los Angeles, CA
PE 00197 West Hollywood shops sand car; restored and painted as Electric Rapid Transit Company
Red Wagon Cafe 18800 Beech Ave/SR 43; Shafter, CA
PE 466 Former Peninsular Railway car; similar to PE 500 class
Travel Town Museum Los Angeles, CA
PE 1544 sloped electric locomotive, built in 1902; Central Pacific 201, North Shore "Electra"
MTA 1543 "Blimp" motor coach; former Interurban Electric Railway
Western Railway Museum Rio Vista, CA
PE 457 "Blimp" motor coach; former Interurban Electric Railway
Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Cars San Pedro, CA
PE 963 now a representation of a PE Ten class car
Seal Beach Historical Society Main Street and Electric Street; Seal Beach, CA
PE 1734 tower car, built in 1925
Washington Street entrance to Wilson Park Torrance, CA
PE 4601 "Blimp" motor coach, now a shell on freight car trucks; it was involved in a crash in 1945
Formosa Cafe West Hollywood, CA
PE 913 street car is part of the restaurant
Orange Empire Railway Museum Perris, CA
PE 1624 steeplecab electric locomotive, built in 1924
PE 00150 trolley wire greaser, built from car 1710
PE 00157 tower car, built in 1915
PE 1905 wood flat-top caboose, from box car built in 1896
PE 1962 wood flat-top caboose, built in 1939
PE 1970 wood cupola caboose, built in 1915; from Lehigh Valley Railroad
PE 1971 wood cupola caboose, built in 1915; from Lehigh Valley Railroad
PE 1973 wood cupola caboose, built in 1926; from Lehigh Valley Railroad
PE 1985 wood cupola caboose, built in 1915; from Richmond, Fredericksburg, & Potomac Railroad
PE 2704 B-50-13 wood outside frame box car, built in 1924
PE 2721 B-50-13 wood outside frame box car, built in 1924
PE 2729 B-50-13 wood outside frame box car, built in 1924
PE 2731 B-50-13 wood outside frame box car, built in 1924
PE 2737 B-50-13 wood outside frame box car, built in 1924
PE 179 steel center-entrance car, built in 1912; former Interurban Electric Railway
PE 314 "Blimp" motor coach, rebuilt from car 4509 in 1947; former Northwestern Pacific Railroad
PE 331 steel Birney single truck "safety" car, built in 1918
PE 332 steel Birney single truck "safety" car, built in 1918
PE 418 "Blimp" motor coach, rebuilt from car 4614 in 1947; former Interurban Electric Railway
PE 498 "Blimp" combination baggage-coach; former Interurban Electric Railway
PE 511 wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1902; from old Pacific Electric Railway
PE 524 wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1902; from old Pacific Electric Railway
PE 530 wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1909; from old Pacific Electric Railway
PE 538 wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1909; from old Pacific Electric Railway
PE 637 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car, built in 1922
PE 655 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car, built in 1924
PE 716 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car, built in 1925
PE 717 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car, built in 1925
PE 993 wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1907; former Los Angeles Pacific Railway
PE 1000 wood structure on steel underframe, deluxe business car
PE 1001 wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1913
PE 1045 trailer car, wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1908; former Visalia Electric Railway
PE 1046 trailer car, wood structure on steel underframe, built in 1908; former Visalia Electric Railway
PE 1406 "Blimp" RPO-baggage car, built in 1913; former Portland Eugene & Eastern Railway
PE 1299 steel deluxe business car; built from former Portland Eugune & Eastern Railway trailer in 1929
PE 5123 steel center-entrance "Hollywood" car, rebuilt from car 626 in 1950
PE 2241 motor coach, 1947 White Model 798 with 12-cylinder gasoline engine
PE 2263 motor coach, 1947 White Model 798 with 12-cylinder gasoline engine