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July 30, 2017

The Pacific Electric During WWII – 37 Historical Photos of the Red Cars' Activity From 1942 to 1945

The Pacific Electric, nicknamed the Red Cars, was a privately owned mass transit system in Southern California consisting of electrically powered streetcars, interurban cars, and buses and was the largest electric railway system in the world in the 1920s.

Organized around the city centers of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, it connected cities in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County.

The system shared dual gauge track with the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge Los Angeles Railway, "Yellow Car," or "LARy" system on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles (directly in front of the 6th and Main terminal), on 4th Street, and along Hawthorne Boulevard south of downtown Los Angeles toward the cities of Hawthorne, Gardena, and Torrance.

A historical photo collection from Metro Library and Archive that documented activity of the Pacific Electric railway from 1942 to 1945.

A specially painted Pacific Electric Railway car 5000, 'Fly for the Navy' at the 6th and Main Street Station, 1942

A specially painted Pacific Electric Railway car 5000, 'Fly for the Navy' at the 6th and Main Street Station, 1942

Crowds of passengers in the Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station after exiting trains, 1942

Pacific Electric Railway Company buses and 1200 series rail cars in United States military service during World War II in San Bernardino, 1942

Pacific Electric Railway Company President Oscar A. Smith and H.O. Marler, PE General Passenger Agent, with United States servicemen, 1942

Passengers at the ticket windows of Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th Main Station, 1942

 Servicemen at the front entrance of Pacific Electric-Southern Pacific San Bernardino Station, located on 3rd St. between D and E Streets, 1942

Servicemen marching toward the Pacific Electric-Southern Pacific San Bernardino Station, located on 3rd St. between D and E Steets, 1942

The information booth at Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Station during World War II, 1942

The Information Booth at Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station during World War II, 1942

The Information Booth at Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station, 1942

The Information Booth at Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station, 1942

The interior of Pacific Electric Railway Company's Sixth and Main Station during World War II, 1942

The interior of Pacific Electric Railway Company's Sixth and Main Street Station during World War II, 1942

The interior of the Pacific Electric Railway Company's Sixth and Main Station, 1942

The ticket office in the Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station during World War II, 1942

United States servicemen aboard a Pacific Electric Railway Company 4600 series car during World War II, 1942

 United States servicemen boarding Maritime Commission cars at Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th Main Street Station during World War II, 1942

United States servicemen boarding Maritime Commission cars at the 6th & Main Street Station during World War II, 1942

United States servicemen boarding Pacific Electric railcars at the 6th & Main Street Station during World War II, 1942

United States servicemen on board a 4600 series Pacific Electric Railway Company car during World War II, 1942

United States servicemen on board Pacific Electric Railway Company car no. 1245 during World War II, 1942

World War II servicemen inside the Pacific Electric-Southern Pacific Station in San Bernardino, 1942

World War II troops marching west on 3rd St., between D and E Streets, toward the Pacific Electric-Southern Pacific station, 1942

A Pacific Electric Railway Company bus operater punching the tickets of United States servicemen, 1942

Bellflower Depot, California, circa 1943

Interior of Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station, 1943

Loading in concourse at Main St. Station during WWII, circa 1943

Pacific Electric's 6th and Main Depot interior, circa 1943

 WWII Servicemen at Main St Station, 1944

6th St. to Main St. on VJ Day, Sept 1945

A steam engine running west on the eastbound track on 6th Street, at Main Street, Los Angeles, September 1945

PE - Building on V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day). Surrender of Japan during WWII. 6th & Main, August 15, 1945

The Pacific Electric Railway Company building in Downtown Los Angeles after the announcement of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II, August 15, 1945

The Pacific Electric Railway Company building in Downtown Los Angeles after the announcement of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II, August 15, 1945

The Pacific Electric Railway Company building in Downtown Los Angeles after the announcement of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II, August 15, 1945

The concourse gates at Pacific Electric Railway Company's 6th & Main Street Station, 1947



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