Balboa (Pacific Electric)

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Balboa
Overview
TypeLight rail
SystemPacific Electric Pacific Electric
LocaleSouthern California
TerminiPacific Electric Building
Balboa
Stations50
Daily ridership55,390 (last used)
Operation
Opened1908
Closed1950
OwnerSouthern Pacific Railroad
Operator(s)Pacific Electric Pacific Electric
Technical
Line length39.66 miles
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead 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
end of
local service
Abila
Springdale
Willowbrook
Sativa
Winona
Compton
Dominguez
Dominguez Junction
Del Amo
Cota
Los Cerritos
Vista del Mar
Willow
Burnett
Searby
Signal Hill
Temple Avenue
East Long Beach
Termino
Lobrico
Las Altas
Alamitos Heights
Naples
Seal Beach
Anaheim Landing
Anaheim Bay
East Side
16th Street Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach
Los Patos
Bolsa Chica
Rocamp
Huntington Beach
Gamewell
Surf Club
Pacific Gun Club
Santiago
El Moro
Melrose
Newport Beach
terminus
after 1940
East Newport
Balboa

Balboa was the southernmost route of the Pacific Electric Railway, running between Downtown Los Angeles and the Balboa Peninsula in Orange County by way of North Long Beach, though the route was later cut back to the Newport Dock. The route ran "flyer" service between Downtown Los Angeles and Willowville (a route also served by the Long Beach Line), making flag stops only at Vernon, Slauson, Watts, Compton and Dominguez Junction. Though ridership early on was very high, it slowly dwindled to 55,390 in 1948. Today, the beach route between Long Beach and Balboa is heavily trafficked, and plans to revive rail service along this corridor have been proposed sporadically.

List of Major Stations[edit]

Station Major Connections Date Opened Date Closed City
Pacific Electric Building Alhambra-San Gabriel, Annandale, Fullerton, Hawthorne-El Segundo, La Habra-Yorba Linda, Long Beach, Monrovia-Glendora, Mount Lowe, Pasadena Short Line, Pasadena via Oak Knoll, Pomona, Redlands, Redondo 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, LAR Routes B, H, J, R, 7, and 8 1905 1961 Los Angeles
Amoco Fullerton, Hawthorne-El Segundo, La Habra-Yorba Linda, Long Beach, Redondo via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana, Santa Monica Air Line, Soldiers' Home, Whittier 1902 1961
Slauson Junction Fullerton, Hawthorne-El Segundo, La Habra-Yorba Linda, Long Beach, Redondo via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana, Whittier 1902 1961
Watts Hawthorne-El Segundo, Long Beach, Redondo via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Ana 1902 1961
Compton Long Beach, San Pedro via Dominguez 1902 1961 Compton
Dominguez Junction Long Beach, San Pedro via Dominguez 1902 1961 Rancho Dominguez
Willowville Long Beach 1902 1961 Long Beach
Zaferia 1904 1950
Alamitos Heights Alamitos Heights 1904 1950
Naples 1904 1950
Seal Beach Alamitos Bay 1904 1950 Seal Beach
Sunset Beach 1904 1950 Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach Huntington Beach-La Bolsa, Santa Ana-Huntington Beach 1904 1950
Newport Beach 1905 1950 Newport Beach
Balboa 1906 1940

Sources[edit]

  • "Pacific Electric: Newport-Balboa Line". Electric Rail Heritage Association.