Hawthorne–El Nido Line

Hawthorne–El Nido was a line of the Pacific Electric Railway. It initially hosted local services between Hawthorne and El Nido, though services were eventually routed through to Downtown Los Angeles and as far south as Clifton and Redondo Beach.

Hawthorne–El Nido
Overview
TerminiHawthorne
El Nido
Service
SystemPacific Electric
Operator(s)Pacific Electric
History
Opened1902
ClosedOctober 25, 1933 (1933-10-25)
Technical
Line length3.66 mi (5.89 km)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Old gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification600 V DC Overhead lines
Route map

Pacific Electric Building
to Northern Division
 J   R   S 
 J   S 
to
Sierra Vista–Watts &
South Pasadena Local
Amoco
Vernon Avenue
 V 
Slauson Junction
Fleming
Florencito Park
Florence
Nadeau
Graham
Latin
Watts
multiple
lines
Centralia
South Park Avenue
Main Street
South Los Angeles
(Forest)
 7 
Delta
 F 
Westbridge
Cypave
Hawthorne
 5 
Freeman
Burleigh
El Poso
Lawndale
Virginia Ave.
Vail
Culler
El Nido
Monterey Park
Maddex
Coyote Avenue
Redondo Beach
Cliffton

HistoryEdit

The route was constructed by Los Angeles and Redondo Railway in 1902.[1] That line was split up after the Great Merger of 1911, with the segment between Hawthorne and El Nido going to the Pacific Electric and the tracks north of Hawthorne becoming the Los Angeles Railway E Line.[2] The PE segment was converted to standard gauge the following year.[1] Between 1914 and 1916, some trips were through-routed to El Segundo on the north end. As that ended, the line began to see service through to the Pacific Electric Building via Watts and Delta interspersed with a complicated schedule of other routings. At that time, select trips made the full run from Los Angeles to Clifton over the Hawthorne–El Nido segment with most trips being short turns at South Los Angeles.[2] By 1931, all trips were running the length from Los Angeles to Redondo or El Nido. Service ceased after October 25, 1933, and more service was directed to the Redondo Beach via Gardena Line to serve Delta-area passengers.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Hawthorne - El Nido Segment:". Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Veysey, Laurence R. (June 1958). A History Of The Rail Passenger Service Operated By The Pacific Electric Railway Company Since 1911 And By Its Successors Since 1953 (PDF). LACMTA (Report). Los Angeles, California: Interurbans. pp. 55, 57, 58. ASIN B0007F8D84.