LARy-1559

Type K - Home Built
LARy-1559
Car Specs
Car Number: 
1559
Type: 
Type K-4
Builder: 
LARy
Built / Retired: 
1925 - 1955
Notes: 
Operational

Since its earliest days, the Los Angeles Railway prided itself upon its ability to build, as well as repair, its streetcars. This car is an example of the type of large-scale car building that the LA Railway was capable of. In 1925, the LA Railway shops built 82 of these ‘Type K’ cars as homemade copies of the predecessor ‘Type H’ class. Accustomed as their shops were to working in wood, the ‘Type K’ cars were constructed as clever wood copies of the all-steel ‘Type H’. 

These ‘Type K’ cars used a steel underframe, but the framing above that was wood. A laminated steel/wood siding (an early version of plymetal) was affixed to the exterior, thus giving the appearance of an all-steel car. The use of truss-rods below the floor line (a structural necessity found on most wooden railroad cars), is the give-away that this is a wooden carbody. 

1559 was purchased from the LATL by the Pacific Railroad Society, and has been at the Museum since 1958. It was formally donated to OERM in 2000. PRS' other cars at OERM include the Descanso, an SP articulated Chair Car, an SP Daylight Chair Car, and an SP baggage car. 

More Images
The roof and ends are added
The roof and ends are added
End detail
End detail
Wooden side framing ready to accept the plymetal side panels
Wooden side framing ready to accept the plymetal side panels
The "Haskelite" panels are added
The "Haskelite" panels are added
Trim is added
Trim is added
An interior view of the finished installation
An interior view of the finished installation
K Class car in service
K Class car in service
1559 on its way to Travel Town in Los Angeles, August 26, 1955
1559 on its way to Travel Town in Los Angeles, August 26, 1955

Additional Images

November 11, 2000- OERM's Tom Jacobson accepts the donation of LARy 1559 from Wi
November 11, 2000- OERM's Tom Jacobson accepts the donation of LARy 1559 from Will Walters representing the Pacific Railroad Society.
1559 sunning itself in front of Carhouse One in 2006.
1559 sunning itself in front of Carhouse One in 2006.
The longitudinal steel sills are laid out
The longitudinal steel sills are laid out
Wood fillers are added to the sills
Wood fillers are added to the sills
The end bumper is added
The end bumper is added
The window posts (vertical frame members) are added
The window posts (vertical frame members) are added