The Pacific Electric Railway was established by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry Huntington in 1901. In 1911, the Pacific Electric became the largest operator of interurban electric railway passenger service in the world. The system ran to destinations all over Southern California.
Major 1920's PE business was "taking the Red Car" for inland folks, such as in the Pasadena area, to the beaches at Santa Monica, Del Rey, Manhattan, Redondo, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach and to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
Pacific Electric Red Car #103 travels along Echo Park Avenue. Circa 1940's.
Pacific Electric Red Car #975 on the Santa Monica Air Line, now the Exposition Line. Circa 1940's.
Pacific Electric Rail Car #993 on the Santa Monica Air Line during the 1950 Los Angeles Transit Lines strike.
Pacific Electric Trains #5128 a so called "Hollywood Trolley" and #436 affectionately called a "Blimp" at Amoco in the 1950s.
Pacific Electric Bus #2712 - This is one of the many buses that displaced rail on the entire Northern District of Los Angeles in 1950-51.
LINK: Photos are from the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive at the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.