Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chugga Chugga Chugga Chugga

The Gold Line tracks sweeping underneath the Oaklawn bridge traverse the same terrain as a bygone Southern California railway. Posting this picture is a great excuse to link to a wonderful collection of photographs from an era when Los Angeles boasted the largest interurban electric passenger rail service in the entire world. Check out the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society.

8 comments:

Judy Williams said...

I thought Hank William's California Zephyr was right on track this morning. ;)

Anonymous said...

Nice!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful collection of photographs on that website you provided! I have often wondered what it would be like to have lived in Los Angeles when in was connected by red cars. I can't imagine. Clicking on that train map from 1947 was really interesting.

Auntie S said...

The Gold Line tracks make an exciting and beautiful black and white shot of the pattern the tracks make as they curve gently toward the horizon. Nice!

The Pacific Electric Railway photographs were great, they ticsHbrought back memories of a simpler and cheaper way of travel.

Anonymous said...

Brings to mind: "I took a trip on a train and I thought about you.
I passed a shadowy lane and I thought about you."

(Songwriters: MERCER, VAN HEUSEN)

Laurie said...

Thanks, everyone!

I loved that website, too. I was amazed at the scope of the photo collection. My dad grew up in SoCal and talked about the red cars.

Anon, thanks for mentioning the song. It was one of my Mom's favorites and she sang it so well.

Anonymous said...

Very nice compositiOn.

Laurie said...

Thank you, Anon!