LARy-525

Type B "Huntington Standard" Streetcar
LARy-525
Car Specs
Car Number: 
525
Type: 
Type BG "Standard"
Builder: 
St. Louis
Built / Retired: 
1906 - 1955
Notes: 
operational

Cars 525 and 665 are representatives of the Los Angeles Railway's largest class of streetcars, the Type B or "Huntington Standard". Designed by the L.A. Railway in 1902, this class of wood-bodied city cars bore the name of the system's owner, Henry E. Huntington (of Huntington Library, Beach and Drive fame). This was the type of car that Los Angeles grew up with; at one time there were 747 of them roaming the streets of L.A. They frequently appeared as backdrops in Hollywood films, including the well-known Laurel and Hardy and Keystone Cops two-reel comedies.

Car 525 had a particularly long career in Los Angeles, serving 49 years until its retirement in 1955. It was the last wooden streetcar to operate in Los Angeles.

As seen in the photographs below, LARy 525 is presently undergoing restoration in Carhouse Three.   

More Images
New floor covering going in, July 2004. John Smatlak photo
New floor covering going in, July 2004. John Smatlak photo
Enjoying the first repainted section of the car's interior. John Smatlak photo
Enjoying the first repainted section of the car's interior. John Smatlak photo
Fitting a new piece of wood during roof repairs, May 2005. John Smatlak photo
Fitting a new piece of wood during roof repairs, May 2005. John Smatlak photo
Fitting up the replacement buffer, September 2005. John Smatlak photo
Fitting up the replacement buffer, September 2005. John Smatlak photo
Removing the seats from the center section, December 2005. John Smatlak photo
Removing the seats from the center section, December 2005. John Smatlak photo
July 2006. The ad card headliner at right has been replaced, work is underway on
July 2006. The ad card headliner at right has been replaced, work is underway on the same area at left. John Smatlak photo
July 2006, George preparing to dowel yet another stripped screw hole. Note the o
July 2006, George preparing to dowel yet another stripped screw hole. Note the original wiring on the car framing. John Smatlak photo
The ceiling going back together, November 2006. John Smatlak photo
The ceiling going back together, November 2006. John Smatlak photo
Center section painted, new floor covering installed, seats reinstalled. Novembe
Center section painted, new floor covering installed, seats reinstalled. November 2007. John Smatlak photo
Reworking the letterboard, April 2008. John Smatlak photo
Reworking the letterboard, April 2008. John Smatlak photo
Repainted bulkhead, June 2008. John Smatlak photo
Repainted bulkhead, June 2008. John Smatlak photo
Roof view, August 2008. John Smatlak photo
Roof view, August 2008. John Smatlak photo
December 2009- the second of the two open sections has its interior completed.
December 2009- the second of the two open sections has its interior completed. John Smatlak photo
Exterior prep work April 2010. Note the curved glass corner windows on the table
Exterior prep work April 2010. Note the curved glass corner windows on the table. John Smatlak photo
Side wall prep completed, all of the seam strips have been removed, holes dowele
Side wall prep completed, all of the seam strips have been removed, holes doweled, strips cleaned up and reinstalled. John Smatlak photo

Additional Images

525 in service in the 1940s. OERM Collection
525 in service in the 1940s. OERM Collection
525 on one of its final fantrips in Los Angeles. Herald Examiner photo
525 on one of its final fantrips in Los Angeles. Herald Examiner photo
Night scene at the Museum. John Smatlak photo
Night scene at the Museum. John Smatlak photo
525 is moved into Carhouse Three, September 2003. Although still complete and in
525 is moved into Carhouse Three, September 2003. Although still complete and in operating condition, it's appearance is quite tired. John Smatlak photo
Geroge Chapman removing the old flooring in the first of the two open sections.
Geroge Chapman removing the old flooring in the first of the two open sections. John Smatlak photo
Bob Gross with a refurbished bulkhead door. John Smatlak photo
Bob Gross with a refurbished bulkhead door. John Smatlak photo

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