"Streetcars and the Movies"

Hollywood Field Trip

 

On Saturday, April 21, LARHF supporters experienced an exciting day visiting the Pacific Electric Headquarters at 6 and Main Streets and the Subway Terminal tunnel/Toluca Yard LARHF satellite display, tunnel portal and substation. From downtown Los Angeles, we followed the two Pacific Electric routes to Beverly Hills and returning from Beverly Hills, the third route from downtown to Beverly Hills via Venice Blvd. and San Vicente. Special guest Marc Wanamaker of Bison Archives accompanied the trip and guided us through Hollywood’s early days of moviemaking.

Saturday – April 21, 2018

The Field trip left promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Los Angeles Union Station East Portal Bus Plaza. Our Lion Express motorcoach proceeded to the PE Headquarters to visit highlights of the building with a private tour of the 8th and 9th floor penthouses. The Jonathan Club occupied these two top floors for its exclusive club activities from 1905 through 1925. Mr. Henry Huntington’s private luxury penthouse was also on the 8th floor.

 

Next we rode crosstown to the Belmont Apartments which were built on the PE Toluca Yard at the mouth of the subway that ran from the Subway Terminal Building on Hill Street. LARHF has an extensive satellite display in the grand lobby of the Apartments, that traces with rare photographs all of the construction phases of the tunnel and yard.

Noted Hollywood historian and curator, Marc Wanamaker pointed out early movie locations and studio landmarks along the PE Western Division routes as well as today’s film and television studios. During the day’s sightseeing, we saw three PE substations; Toluca Yard, Olive and Burlington. We enjoyed lunch at Barney’s Beanery, the famous West Hollywood icon. After lunch we circled the vast Sherman Yard then followed the original PE right-of-way to Beverly Hills and retuned to downtown LA via Burton Way to San Vicente, passing the Vineyard Junction location passed under the West Boulevard Bridge in to Venice Boulevard. Everyone raved about the day!

 

Bill Everett Passes at 92

 

Bill Everett, LARHF’s dear friend and colleague, passed away on December 14th in Santa Barbara. Bill was a renowned artist/craftsman who scratchbuilt hundreds of O-scale trolley car models. He was particularly drawn to modeling trolley cars of the Pacific Electric Railway and the Los Angeles Railway, as well as cars from all over the Western United States.

Bill and his dear wife Betty lived long lives in Santa Barbara. Betty passed away in 2015 at the age of 98. She encouraged Bill to build his models and accompanied him throughout the world to ride the trolley systems. Bill worked for five years for the Santa Barbara police department and then 22 years for the California Highway Patrol.

His Pacific Electric layout was featured in Model Railroader magazine and other periodicals. He was the author of Mule Car and Trolley, the story of the Santa Barbara Street Railway, and served as a historian and lecturer on trolley and streetcar lines throughout the United States.

Joe Lesser, CEO of LARHF, and Bill had a remarkable friendship and Joe has kept Bill’s legacy alive with ongoing LARHF “satellite” displays located throughout Southern California. The most recent extensive display was seen at Philippe’s French Dip in downtown LA entitled “Once Upon a Streetcar.” Of the 72 western models that Bill has gifted to LARHF, 32 were on display.

All of Bill’s models gifted to LARHF continue to be displayed, both in our ten public “satellite” exhibits and in LARHF’s Eagle Rock offices. Anyone who would like to visit our offices and view the impressive collection are more than welcome to contact us and arrange a visit.

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We’re grateful to Bill for his talents and generosity, and for preserving an incredible history of traction transportation for future generations to enjoy.

 

Click Here to View the Bill Everett Collection

 

12th Annual Archives Bazaar

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Doheny Memorial Library

USC University Park Campus

 

               Lordsburg 

 

For more than 20 years, the L.A. as Subject consortium has brought to life the diverse, often hidden stories that make Southern California such a fascinating place of discovery. In 2005, the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar inaugurated a day to give anyone with an interest in the region’s history a one-stop opportunity to interact with dozens of archives, from large institutions to private collectors. In all, more than 70 archives are represented at this event, which is free and open to the public.

Look for LARHF's display, including its photo archive, and its new book Route 66 Railway - Revised and Expanded  by Elrond Lawrence. 

 

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class

 

Saturday – October 7, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Boy Scouts – $25.00 each

(Fee includes Workbook - Notebook - Morning Snack - Spikes - Handouts)

 

The Class was held in the METRO Headquarters building at One Gateway Plaza on the 3rd floor in the Henry Huntington Room

(The building is located at the east end of the LA Union Station above the parking garages)

 

The Merit Badge class began promptly at 8:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. the class broke for lunch. Following lunch we rode the METRO Gold Line to the Del Mar Station in Pasadena to see an early Santa Fe Depot and experience, 1st hand, rail safety. Upon completing the Gold Line ride, we return to the Los Angeles Union Station for a tour and then had the “blue” cards signed by LARHF’s Merit Badge counselors.

 

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class

 

Saturday – June 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Boy Scouts – $25.00 each

(Fee includes Workbook - Notebook - Morning Snack - Spikes - Handouts)

 

The Class was held in the METRO Headquarters building at One Gateway Plaza on the 3rd floor in the Henry Huntington Room

(The building is located at the east end of the LA Union Station above the parking garages)

 

The Merit Badge class began promptly at 8:30 a.m. Following lunch we rode the METRO Gold Line to the Del Mar Station in Pasadena to see an early Santa Fe Depot and experience, 1st hand, rail safety. Following the Gold Line ride, we returned to the Los Angeles Union Station for a tour and the signing of your “blue” card by LARHF’s Merit Badge counselors.