Pacific Electric Railway facts for kids
The Pacific Electric Railway was a streetcar system based in Los Angeles, California. It was formed when Henry E. Huntington started building and buying streetcar railroads in and around Los Angeles. Most of its lines were interurban, that is, they dealt with bringing people from one city to another. It also owned the Mount Lowe Railway, a tourist railway. In the 1910s and 20s, the PE had hundreds of miles of track and was the largest streetcar system in America. Many of its lines were built by Huntington and others to sell land in the community. Huntington lost money on the PE, but made money by selling land. The PE transported freight as well as people. The Pacific Electric's heyday was in the 1920s. The last PE train ran in 1961. A small part of the PE's network is now the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Blue Line and Expo Line.
The Pacific Electric ran lines from Los Angeles to the following cities:
- San Bernardino
- Santa Ana
- Huntington Beach
- Newport Beach
- Long Beach
- San Pedro
- Redondo Beach
- Santa Monica
- Canoga Park
- San Fernando
Images for kids
Old Mission Trolley streetcar of the Pacific Electric makes a stop at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, 1905.
Pacific Electric railway car approaching intersection of Pioneer Boulevard and South Street in Artesia, California 1915.
Car #1734 has been turned into the Pacific Electric Museum, at the corner of Main Street and Electric Avenue in Seal Beach, California
San Francisco Municipal Railway #1061, a rebuilt PCC streetcar painted in honor of the Pacific Electric Railway, is seen in service on the F Market heritage line in December, 2004. This single-ended car was originally built for the city of Philadelphia in 1946 (Pacific Electric only operated double-ended PCC's).
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