2 (Los Angeles Railway)

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2 was a designation given to several transit lines in Los Angeles, California. The number was assigned to a streetcar route in 1930 which lasted a year, then later reassigned to a new service in 1932. Trolley buses replaced streetcars in 1941, and the line was converted to full motor coach operation in 1963.

West 7th Line[edit]

2
Overview
LocaleLos Angeles
Service
TypeStreetcar
SystemLos Angeles Railway
History
Opened1930 (1930)
ClosedJune 1, 1931 (1931-06-01)
Technical
Track gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification600 V DC overhead line

The first incarnation of the 2 was assembled from existing trackage, running from 7th Street and Central to and Vermont Avenue and 1st Street. It ran during peak periods only and lasted from 1930 to June 1931.[1]

Second version[edit]

2
Overview
LocaleLos Angeles
Service
TypeStreetcar
SystemLos Angeles Railway
History
OpenedJune 13, 1932 (1932-06-13)
ClosedOctober 5, 1941 (1941-10-05)
Technical
Track gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification600 V DC overhead line
Route map

1932–1939
Griffin and Montecito
Griffin and Avenue 26
Avenue 26 and Pasadena
Pasadena and San Fernando
 5   W 
Pasadena and Broadway
 10 
Broadway and Solano
Broadway and Alpine
Broadway and Sunset
Broadway and Temple
 A 
Broadway and 1st
 P 
Hill and 1st
Pacific Electric
Hill and 2nd
Hill and 3rd
Hill and 4th
Pacific Electric
Hill and 5th
 A   D   U   3 
5th and Olive
5th and Grand
5th and Flower
 D   U   3 
Flower and 4th
Flower and 3rd
3rd and Figueroa
3rd and Beaudry
3rd and Loma
Loma and Beverly
Belmont and Temple

other lines

The new 2 line has a more continuous history. It began service on June 12, 1932,[2][3][4] as a combination of two former routes: A-2 West Adams and Griffith Avenue Line and C Crown Hill and Temple Street Line.[1] It ran from Montecito and Griffin in the east to Belmont and Temple where connections were available to the L car.[5] Pacific Electric's construction of the Hill Street Tunnel in 1939 forced the line to be diverted to Temple Street and Hill Street; the former route was never reinstated. that same year, the Griffin Avenue section was converted to bus service and the line was routed to 5th Street, which was already in service under the D, U, and V lines. The line ceased service on October 5, 1941, with the closure of the Crown Hill branch, and was thereupon converted to trolley bus service.[6]

Trolley coach and bus operation[edit]

The service was maintained and transferred to Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1958. The agency replaced trolley buses with SilverLiner coaches after March 31, 1963;[7] the new service retained the number 2.[8]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'2'". Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "Spring Street Extension to be Opened This Week". Los Angeles Times. June 19, 1932. p. 17. Retrieved February 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com. icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ "Transit Routes to Change". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1932. p. 17. Retrieved July 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com. icon of an open green padlock
  4. ^ "New Street Car Routes in Effect". Los Angeles Times. June 13, 1932. p. 13. Retrieved July 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com. icon of an open green padlock
  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. 115. ISBN 9781531629410.
  7. ^ "March 31: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History". Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "SilverLiners Take Over!" (PDF). The Emblem. Vol. 5, no. 6. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority. April 1963. p. 2. Retrieved February 17, 2021.

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