Monday, May 9, 2011

Red Car Property: 1955, India Stop, Last Day Of Red Car Service

Photo: Loren Ayers, June 19, 1955, the last day of service on the Glendale Line. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

This is one of those iconic photos I always thought was shot at the Fletcher Viaduct.  The grade of the Red Car Property is significantly higher in this photo, than it is today at India Street (see photo below.)  The Atlantic Richfield Station in the background always threw me.  (But then, there seemed to be an Atlantic Richfield Station on every corner in our part of town.)  The wooden hand rails on the opposite side of the track were at India, not Fletcher. 

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 8, 2011.  Sadly, this was the best I could do to match the 1955 photo.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The vegetation is too thick to get a good shot with the same telephone poles.  It is more likely the 1955 photo was shot from either the Roselin Public Staircase or the private staircase directly opposite India, where there is dense vegetation blocking the view too.

Once again, we'd like to thank Red Car historian Paul Ayers, who shared some of his family archives with us. Ayers will give a free presentation featuring hundreds of historic photos combined with current views of the Pacific Electric Red Car Trolley's Glendale Line, Thursday, May 12. Click here for more information.