People rode the "Red Cars" in great numbers. It was faster than a horse and buggy, or a bicycle, or horseback. On the first day of operation on the Long Beach Line, which was July 4, 1902, it was a hot day in Los Angeles. So people flocked to the "Red Cars" to take them to Long Beach where they could catch an ocean breeze. Over 40,000 passengers were carried that day.
So let us dig into the Southern Districtï¾’s operation, and learn when the lines were built, where they went, etc. It is all laid out for you in word and picture.
Pacific Electric Railway Volume 3: The Southern District features comprehensive coverage of the southern regions of service, including the Catalina Dock Line, El Segundo Line, Gardena-Torrance-San Pedro Line, Long Beach Line, Long Beach Local Lines, Newport Beach-Balboa Line, Redondo Beach Line, San Pedro Line, San Pedro Local Lines.
Also covered are the Santa Ana Line, Santa Ana-Huntington Beach Line, Santa Ana-Orange Line, Terminal Island Line (Calship), Watts Line, West Basin Line, Whittier-Fullerton-Yorba Linda Line, Freight Service, Box Motor Service, and Railway Post Office Service.