Other Electric Railways

In addition to its large collection of electric railway vehicles from the Los Angeles area, the Museum has trolleys from several other California cities including San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, San Francisco and Sacramento.

Like Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area was blanketed with interurban and local streetcar lines as well as a third type of electric railway service, the suburban (commuter) electric railway. A functional cross between the local streetcar and the interurban, nowhere in the state was this better exemplified than with the suburban trolleys that met the ferries shuttling commuters across San Francisco Bay.

The largest of these suburban operations were operated as subsidiaries of the Southern Pacific Railway. With the coming of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge in 1939, East Bay suburban trolleys began operating directly over the new bridge instead of meeting the ferries. The new bridge also made it much easier to drive into San Francisco, and so by 1941, many of the suburban rail lines were abandoned as the public switched to driving. The advent of World War II brought large numbers of these now-surplus trolleys south to Los Angeles, where they were desperately needed to meet the sudden increase in passenger traffic on the Pacific Electric. The Museum’s PE collection includes four cars originally built for the SP’s Bay Area electric operations.

Streetcars and interurbans from Denver, Portland (another Southern Pacific electric interurban system) and Salt Lake City round out the collection of cars from the Western US. A double-deck Irish Tram adds an international flair to the collection. Representing a typical European tram of the early 1900s, it provides a decided contrast to the typical US trolley of the same period.

From Northern California

Image No. Type Builder Built Retired Construction Notes
  167 Articulated Bethlehem 1937   Steel “Bridge Unit”
  171 DE DT City Car Bethlehem 1923 – 1959   Steel Type K “Iron Monster”
  51 DE DT City Car Brill 1913   Steel “Dragon”, body only
  653 Locomotive GE 1928   Steel  

From Southern California

Image No. Type Builder Built Retired Construction Notes
  1003 DE DT City Car American 1914   Steel body, on trucks
  12 DE ST City Car Brill 1901   Wood body only, 3′ 6” ga.
  167 DE DT City Car McG-Cumm 1914   Wood body, on trucks
  297 Locomotive B-W 1923   Steel  
  4 DE ST City Car Holman 1900   Wood  
  508 PCC St Louis 1936   Steel  
  528 PCC St Louis 1936   Steel

From Other Parts of US and World

Image No. Type Builder Built Retired Construction Notes
  1 Steeplecab loco GE 1921   Steel Kansas
  19 DE ST City Car Japan 1910   Wood Japan, 3′ 6” gauge
  2 Double Deck tram Brush 1901   Wood Dublin, Ireland

Other Western States

Image No. Type Builder Built Retired Construction Notes
  1 Mine Switch loco B-W 1912   Steel Arizona
  127 SE DT Interurban Brill 1932   Aluminum “Bullet”, Utah
  485 Interurban Trailer Pullman 1920   Steel Portland “Red Electric” body only
  79 SE DT City Car Woeber 1906   Wood Denver, 3′ 6” gauge

Horse and Cable Cars

Image No. Type Builder Built Retired Construction Notes
  43 DE DT cable car CSCRR c1907   Wood acquired from Knott’s Berry Farm 1985
  77 DE ST horsecar SSRy c1887   Wood acquired from Knott’s Berry Farm
  unk DE ST horsecar Stephenson c1880   Wood body only, on truck

Trolley Coaches

Image No. Type Builder Built Retired Construction Notes
  530 TC-40 M-H 1948   Steel San Francisco
  536 TC-40 M-H 1948   Steel San Francisco
  614 44TTW TC 1949   Steel San Francisco
  633 40-GWFT coach F-TC 1940   Steel Seattle
  656 44-CX PStd 1944   Steel Seattle
  8002 TC-44 ACF-Brill 1946   Steel Los Angeles