K (Los Angeles Railway)

K was a streetcar line in Los Angeles, California. It was operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1913 to 1941.

OwnerLos Angeles Railway
LocaleLos Angeles
  • Ascot Avenue and E. 38th Street
  • South Vermont Avenue and Florence Avenue
SystemLos Angeles Railway
OpenedFebruary 1, 1913
ClosedOctober 5, 1941 (October 5, 1941)
Track gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification600 V DC overhead line
Route map

Vermont and Florence
Vermont and Slauson
Vermont and 54th
Vermont and 48th
Vermont and Vernon
Vermont and Santa Barbara
Vermont and 39th
Vermont and Exposition
Vermont and Jefferson
 J   V 
Jefferson and McClintock
Jefferson and Hoover
Jefferson and Figueroa
Jefferson and Flower
Jefferson and Grand
 F   J   5   9 
Jefferson and Hill
Jefferson and Broadway
Jefferson and Main
 F   O   5   7   8 
Jefferson and Maple
Jefferson and San Pedro
Jefferson and Griffith
Jefferson and McKinley
Jefferson and Central
Central and 38th
38th and Ascot

History edit

The East Jefferson and 38th Street line opened on February 1, 1913.[1] It ran from Main Street and Jefferson Avenue to East 38th Street and Ascot Avenue via Jefferson, Central Avenue, and East 38th Street. Service was extended to USC in 1918.[2] The route was given the letter designation K in 1921.[3][4]

Between 1932 and 1933, the line saw numerous reroutes. On September 11, 1933 the line began its ultimate routing,[2] running from Ascot Avenue and East 38th Street to South Vermont Avenue and Florence Avenue.[5] (38th Street was renamed to 41st Street in 1937.) The line was discontinued on October 5, 1941 and service from Jefferson and Vermont Avenues to USC was thereafter provided by the U line.[2] The abandoned section became the basis for the company's bus route 18.[6]

Sources edit

  1. ^ "Residents of District Are Made Happy by Fifteen-Minute Service". Los Angeles Evening Express. February 1, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved December 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ a b c "K". Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "May 1: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History". Metro Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved February 16, 2022. 1921: Large letter signs indicating the routes of different lines are placed on top of Los Angeles Railway streetcars.
  4. ^ "Cars To Have Letter Signs" (PDF). Two Bells. Vol. 1, no. 48. Los Angeles Railway. May 2, 1921. p. 1. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  5. ^ H.P. Noordwal (1938). "Route Map Los Angeles Railway Electric Car and Bus Routes" (Map). Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. Los Angeles Railway. "Alternate link" (Map). via Google.
  6. ^ Walker, Jim (2007). Los Angeles Railway Yellow Cars. Arcadia Pub. p. 62. ISBN 0738547913.

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