Los Angeles Railway Yellow Cars, California [Images of Rail Series]

Los Angeles Railway Yellow Cars, California [Images of Rail Series]

by Jim Walker


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Local rail-borne transit in Los Angeles began with horsecars in 1874, evolving with cable-powered and later electric-powered passenger vehicles. “Yellow Cars” describes the principal local transit system in and around Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th century. The canary-colored local streetcars formed the inner-neighborhood lines between a vast rail network of main lines known as the “interurban” system, primarily the Pacific Electric Railway “Red Cars,” which spiderwebbed throughout Los Angeles County and into Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Rail tycoon Henry Edwards Huntington consolidated several independent lines into this great interurban empire. He sold it in 1910 to the Southern Pacific Railroad, keeping the Los Angeles Railway Yellow Cars. These evocative photographs illustrate travel during decades of change, progress, economic setbacks, war, and postwar retrenchment, when streetcar service was taken over by bus lines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738547916
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/17/2007
Series: Images of Rail Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

The main sources of these vintage images are the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the collections of Craig Rasmussen and author Jim Walker, who has written or edited more than 40 railway books. A founder of the Orange Empire Railway Museum at Perris, California, Walker is the archivist/historian of Metro’s library.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
The First Years: 1874-1898     9
The Huntington Years I: 1898-1910     21
The Huntington Years II: 1910-1927     27
The Later Los Angeles Railway Years: 1927-1945     41
Los Angeles Transit Lines: 1945-1958     75
The Last Yellow Car Years: 1958-1963     115
Aftermath and Rail Rebirth: 1963-Present     123
Bibliography     127

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