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Monday, March 2, 2009

THE MUSEUM OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY FORMS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Pacific Electric Railroad "Red Car" - Photograph - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2009 - Gift of Gary Fredburg (click on image to enlarge)
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is seeking community members for our Public Transportation Committee. If you have a friend, of if you care about Valley railroad, Red Car, buses, freeways, streets or subways, --- please contact The Museum to have your name included in our Public Transportation Committee meetings.
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Pacific Electric Railroad "Red Car" - Photograph - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2009 - Gift of Gary Fredburg (click on image to enlarge)
While it appears at first glance that the Red Car in this photograph is heading for the City of San Fernando, under a magnifying glass the sign has a smaller "Valley" accompanying the destination sign.

Pacific Electric Railroad "Red Car" - Photograph - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2009 - Gift of Gary Fredburg (click on image to enlarge)
Identifying the location where historic photographs were taken is an on-going Museum challenge. This image was easy, since there is a street marker saying Ethel Avenue.

1 comment:

David Coscia said...

Dear Sir,

I enjoy your blog, and I would like to add some information and correct an error. The first photo shows the streetcar on Van Nuys Blvd. at Sherman Way. The car is prepared for a return to Los Angeles. The viewer is looking northeast. The second photograph is in Hollywood. The viewer is looking at the back end of the car (notice the pole in back is up). The car is turning east onto Santa Monica Blvd. after having traveled south on Highland Blvd. from the San Fernando Valley. It is heading towards Los Angeles. The third photo shows a car coming from Los Angeles and heading to Sherman Way and Van Nuys Blvd. All three photos date from 1950-1952 as they are the same class of streetcar. This was just prior to the end of streetcar service in the San Fernando Valley in December 1952, except for the portion on a separate line which served Glendale-Burbank. Regards, David Coscia.