La Habra–Fullerton–Yorba Linda Line

La Habra–Fullerton–Yorba Linda Line was a Pacific Electric interurban line which traveled between Los Angeles and Yorba Linda.[1]

La Habra–Fullerton–Yorba Linda Line
OwnerSouthern Pacific Railroad
LocaleLos Angeles, the Gateway Cities and Orange County
TerminiDowntown Los Angeles
Yorba Linda, California
SystemPacific Electric
Operator(s)Pacific Electric
Rolling stockPE 220 Class (last used)
Daily ridership100,105 (last count)
OpenedNovember 12, 1911 (1911-11-12) (to Stern)
ClosedJanuary 22, 1938 (1938-01-22)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification600 V DC Overhead lines
Route map

 B   F   G   O 
Pacific Electric Building
Edendale Local
 H   J   R   S 
 B   F   G   O 
Vernon Avenue
Slauson Junction
Huntington Park
Rio Hondo
Downey Road
Los Nietos
Walnut Avenue
Des Moines
La Habra
Loan Junction
Fullerton Road
Valencia Avenue
Rose Drive
Casa Loma
Yorba Linda
after 1930


Construction on the line began under the Los Angeles Interurban Railway between 1906 and 1908 with Pacific Electric assuming control and completing the line between 1909 and 1911.[2][3] The route was not originally intended to start passenger service until a connection to Corona was complete. Despite that, the line opened as a branch of the Whittier Line by 1911 with service reaching Stern on November 12.[4] Service beyond Yorba Linda was abandoned after August 1, 1930.[4] The route ceased service after January 22, 1938, due to low ridership.[4]

The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor light rail project is expected to use a section of the line between Slauson and the former Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad right of way.


The La Habra–Fullerton–Yorba Linda Line followed the Long Beach Line from Los Angeles south to Slauson Junction (south of Slauson Boulevard) where it branched off in an easterly direction to Whittier and Yorba Linda. From there, the double track line ran easterly, in private way between dual roadways of Randolph Street, through Huntington Park, Vernon, Bell, and Maywood to reach the Los Angeles River. Crossing the river, the double track in private way followed intermittent sections of Randolph Street through Bell Gardens and Commerce, and crossed the Rio Hondo south of Slauson Avenue.

The line continued easterly, south and parallel to, Slauson Avenue. Across the Pico Rivera area and the San Gabriel River into Los Nietos, where the line crossed the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Third District main line (Los Nietos) at Norwalk Boulevard. The single track La Habra–Fullerton–Yorba Linda Line branched easterly in private way off the Whittier Line at Los Nietos, crossed Norwalk Boulevard and went through Whittier at the south edge of the city limits. After crossing Mills Avenue the track ran adjacent to and north of Lambert Road until crossing 1st Street. Here the line turned easterly through La Habra to Laon Junction (3rd Avenue at College Street), where the single track Fullerton Line branched to the south.

After crossing Harbor Boulevard the line turned southeasterly still in private way crossed Puente Avenue in Brea, then turned easterly to run through Brea north of the Imperial Highway. The line then turned southeasterly (where the Orange Freeway now crosses over the track) and crossed the Imperial Highway west of Valencia Avenue and ran through Yorba Linda just south of and parallel to Imperial Highway to the terminus at Yorba Linda Boulevard.

Unbuilt connection to CoronaEdit

Henry E. Huntington, owner of the Pacific Electric, intended to connect the Whittier Line to the Arlington–Corona Line via Stern and the Santa Ana Canyon. After the Great Merger of 1911, surveys were carried out to establish two routes through the canyon — one on each side of the Santa Ana River.[5]

List of major stationsEdit

Station Mile[6][4] Major connections Date opened Date closed City
Pacific Electric Building 0 Alhambra–San Gabriel, Annandale, Balboa, Fullerton, Hawthorne–El Segundo, Long Beach, Monrovia–Glendora, Mount Lowe, Pasadena Short Line, Pasadena via Oak Knoll, Pomona, Redlands, Redondo Beach via Gardena, Riverside–Rialto, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana, Santa Monica Air Line, Sierra Madre, Soldiers' Home, South Pasadena Local, Upland–San Bernardino, Whittier
Los Angeles Railway B, H, J, R, 7, and 8
1905 1961 Los Angeles
Amoco[dubious ] Balboa, Fullerton, Hawthorne–El Segundo, Long Beach, Redondo Beach via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana, Santa Monica Air Line, Soldiers' Home, Whittier 1902 1961
Slauson Junction 4.27 Balboa, Fullerton, Hawthorne–El Segundo, Long Beach, Redondo Beach via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana, Whittier 1902 1961
Huntington Park 5.42 Fullerton, Whittier
Los Angeles Railway J
Baker 7.66 Fullerton, Whittier 1938
Laguna 10.08 Fullerton, Whittier 1938
Rio Hondo 11.40 Fullerton, Whittier 1938
Rivera 12.39 Fullerton, Whittier 1938
Los Nietos 14.50 Fullerton, Whittier 1903 1938 Santa Fe Springs
Leffingwell 19.39 Fullerton 1938
Des Moines 20.92 Fullerton 1938
La Habra 22.19 Fullerton 1911 1938 La Habra
Brea 25.00 1911 1938
Oleo 26.00 1911 1938
Loftus 27.20 1911 1938
Yorba Linda 30.63 1911 1938
Stern 32.08 1911 1930


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  1. ^ Smith, O.A. (1931). Railway Time Table: Whittier Line, La Habra Line (August 26, 1931 ed.). Los Angeles: Pacific Electric. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ "La Habra-Yorba Linda-Fullerton Line". Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ Crump, Spencer (1977). Ride the big red cars: How trolleys helped build southern California. Trans-Anglo Books. p. 100. ISBN 0-87046-047-1. OCLC 3414090.
  4. ^ a b c d 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. 29, 30, 114. ASIN B0007F8D84.
  5. ^ "Riverside Corona Line". Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Pacific Electric Time Tables" (PDF). wx4's Dome of Foam. Pacific Electric. September 1, 1934. p. 16. Retrieved September 1, 2021.