Los Angeles to Burbank

The Pacific Electric opened a line that ran north from Los Angeles to Glendale in the early 1900s. The line was later extended from Glendale to Burbank. This route was passenger only (except for occasional express freight or parcels) and much of the line ran in streets or in the medians of streets. Passenger service on this route ended in 1955.

The section that ran into downtown Los Angeles was rerouted to a subway route in the 1920s. The subway terminal still stands at the corner of Hill and 4th Street in downtown Los Angeles. It has now been converted to residences and it is named Metro417. The rail tunnels are not accessible to the public or tenants. The north portal of the subway tunnel still stands, but is sealed up. It is near the corner of Glendale Boulevard and 1st Street.

Midway along the route, the tracks ran along a private right-of-way through the Ivanhoe Hills section of Los Angeles. Part of this right of way can still be seen today (early 2008); the pictures presented are from this section.

This view faces north from where the PE turned away from Alessan...
This view faces north from where the PE turned away from Alessandro Drive (now also the location of the Glendale freeway, CA Route 2). The tracks headed straight away from the camera; the dirt utility access road curves away from the right-of-way in the foreground. Photo by Mike Palmer.
Former double track right-of-way, near the Silver Lake district,...
Former double track right-of-way, near the Silver Lake district, in the Ivanhoe Hills. Photo by Mike Palmer.
This view shows the site of a former bridge over Fletcher Drive ...
This view shows the site of a former bridge over Fletcher Drive (which runs left to right in the photo). The footings used for the bridge supports can still be seen on the slope in the foreground. The footings from the canyon floor have been removed, but two footings on the far slope can be seen just beyond the parking lot. The far slope has a concrete staircase (still in place), somewhat hidden by the brush, that ascends to what was probably the Ivanhoe car stop. There is nothing at the top of the stairs now except a bridge abutment. Photo by Mike Palmer.
The Pacific Electric substation, now converted to residences. Th...
The Pacific Electric substation, now converted to residences. The original tracks ran parallel to the platform along the substation. Per old published photos, the track bed was lower than the dirt would indicate; evidently some dirt has been filled in over the years. The tunnel portal is below the retaining wall in the lower left corner of the photo. Photo by Mike Palmer, January 2008.
The sealed PE subway portal.
The sealed PE subway portal. Photo by Mike Palmer, January 2008.

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