South Pasadena Local (Pacific Electric)

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South Pasadena Local
Type Light rail
System Pacific Electric
Locale Southern California
Termini Pacific Electric Building
Downtown Pasadena
Stations 7
Opening 1895
Closed 1928
Owner Southern Pacific Railroad
Rolling stock Birney 300 Class (last used)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map
Pasadena Short Line
South Pasadena
Pasadena Short Line
Ostrich Farm
Mineral Park
Arroyo Seco
Arroyo Seco
General Hospitalterminus after 1935
several lines
several lines

South Pasadena Local was an interurban line operated by the Pacific Electric Railway between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Pasadena, California by way of the Arroyo Seco Route. This line was originally built in 1895 as the Pasadena and Los Angeles Railway. In 1928 this line, as well as the Annandale Line that used much of the same track, were abandoned. This was one of four interurban lines that connected the 6th & Main Terminal and the Pasadena Terminal.

List of Major Stations[edit]

Station Major Connections Date Opened Date Closed City
South Pasadena Local
Pasadena East California, East Orange Grove, East Washington, Lamanda Park, Lincoln, Mount Lowe, North Fair Oaks, North Lake, Pasadena Short Line, Pasadena via Oak Knoll, West California, West Colorado and Orange Grove 1902 1951 Pasadena
South Pasadena Mount Lowe Railway, Pasadena Short Line 1902 1951 South Pasadena
Echandia Junction Alhambra-San Gabriel, Annandale, Monrovia-Glendora, Mount Lowe, Pasadena Short Line, Pasadena via Oak Knoll, Pomona, Riverside-Rialto, Sierra Madre, Upland-San Bernardino 1895 1951 Los Angeles
Pacific Electric Building Alhambra-San Gabriel, Annandale, Balboa, Fullerton, Hawthorne-El Segundo, La Habra-Yorba Linda, Long Beach, Monrovia-Glendora, Mount Lowe, Pasadena Short Line, Pasadena via Oak Knoll, Pomona, Riverside-Rialto, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana, Santa Monica Air Line, Sierra Madre, Soldiers' Home, Whittier 1905 1961


  • The initial plans for the route are the first to use the term "rapid transit" in connection with Pasadena.
  • The South Pasadena Local line closely followed the present-day Metro Gold Line.