Echo Park road work reveals possible reminders of the Red Car

Aug 30, 2014

Rusty metal plates, spikes and wooden ties uncovered by Glendale Boulevard road work | Scott Fajack

ECHO PARK –   Some recent road work on Glendale Boulevard revealed some splintered railroad ties and rusty spikes and brackets that appear to be part of the former Red Car street car line that traveled down the same street.

Scott Fajack of Echo Park snapped photos of the ties and metal pieces that had been removed and piled on the side of the street after L.A. Department of Water Power workers dug up Glendale Boulevard near Montrose Avenue  along Echo Park Lake.  The last of Los Angeles’ famed Pacific Electric Red Cars were put out of service  decades ago but the tracks were simply covered up with a layer of asphalt.  The metal rails on which the Echo Park Avenue street car traveled were briefly revealed a few years back when the street was resurfaced.

It’s not known for sure whether the  railroad ties and spikes found on Glendale Boulevard were part of the Glendale-Burbank line, which operated from about 1904 to 1955, according to the Electric Railway Historical Assn.  More items could be found when the DWP crews return to work on the street.

Metal plate and spikes | Scott Fajack

Ties and metal pieces piled off road work on Glendale Boulevard | Scott Fajack

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