Here is a very cool look back at the transit system in and around the Los Angeles area in 1957. All brought to you by the photography of John Dziobko at Godfatherrails.com and descriptions by Ray Peacock at Heartlandrails.com Thank you John and Ray !!!
Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL 5119 Los Angeles, California - September 13, 1957 - Down the line in Watts - Graham Tower controlled the maze of trackage radiating from Graham yard.
Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL5116 Slauson Jct. - Los Angeles, California - September 13, 1957 - Looking at northbound cars to downtown, about to cross Slauson Ave. The branch behind is the Pacific Electric Whittier-Fullerton branch.
Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL 407 San Pedro - Long Beach line - Los Angeles, California - September 09, 1957 - Express cars roll by at Slauson Jct. in south central L.A. The inner two mains were express tracks, running from downtown to Long Beach. Don't be mislead by the term 'express', as the preponderance of grade crossings through this part of the line, protected only by wig-wags, kept speeds at 25mph max.
Unfortunately the wig wags weren't the objective of the photographer on this day, but we can all be thankful for John's documentation of the line in color. Note the sharp-dressed motorman through the window. Today this is the Metrolink Blue Line.
Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL 415 San Pedro - Long Beach line - Los Angeles, California - September 09, 1957 - Car 415 moves towards downtown after crossing the Santa Fe Harbor line at Slauson Tower on the MCL Southern District. This is the main stem of the MCL system as it existed in 1957, express trains ran on the inner two mains of the 4-track right of way, in the heart of south-central L.A.