Henry Edward Huntington's impact on the public transportation system of Southern California was far reaching. His Pacific Electric red interurban went everywhere. That is except for the western portions of Los Angeles county where Moses Sherman's and E. P. Clark's 180-mile Los Angeles Pacific Railroad dominated.
By 1903, Huntington and the Southern Pacific controlled by Edward H. Harriman had become partners in the Pacific Electric. During March 1906, Harriman negotiated with Sherman and Clark, for control of their railway. In the meantime Huntington operating on his own acquired the narrow-gauge Los Angeles and Redondo Railway. It had 89 miles of track, including 3 lines to Redondo Beach. Harriman always had in his mind the merging of the Pacific Electric with the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad, thus forming a huge interurban empire. R.S. Lovett, Harriman's successor at Southern Pacific negotiated the sale of Huntington's interest in Pacific Electric to Southern Pacific by November of 1910 for an undisclosed sum. Once the Southern Pacific had control of the Pacific Electric, the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad was merged into the Pacific Electric, thus becoming the Western Division of the Pacific Electric.
Contents: Introduction; Los Angeles Pacific Railroad; Balloon Route Trolley Trip; Port Los Angeles-Santa Monica Canyon Line; Venice Short Line; Redondo Beach via del Rey Line; Western-Franklin-Brush Canyon Line; Westgate Line (Brentwood); Lagoon Line; Santa Monica Air Line; Coldwater Canyon Line; Hollywood Boulevard Line; Santa Monica Boulevard Line; Hill Street Station; Los Angeles-Vineyard Local Service; Sherman Car House and Shops-West Hollywood Car House; Hill Street Tunnels; Vineyard-Beverly Hills-Sawtelle-Santa Monica Line; Echo Park Line; Glendale-Burbank Line; Edendale Line-Edendale-Atwater Line; Canoga Park Line; San Fernando Line; Van Nuys Line; Subway Terminal Building-The Subway; Freight Service; Inglewood Line; Los Angeles-Hollywood-Beverly Hills-Venice Line; Bibliography, Acknowledgments.
This book consists primarily of B&W photographs with extensive captions augmented with maps and advertising reproductions.
Golden West Books, softcover, 142 pages, standard landscape book 10 x 8 in., B&W photographs.