Santa Ana (Pacific Electric)

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Santa Ana
Pacific Electric "Red Car" 1216 to Santa Ana, 1940s.jpg
A PE train on San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, en route to Santa Ana in the 1940s
Overview
TypeLight rail
SystemPacific Electric Pacific Electric
LocaleLos Angeles, and Orange County, California
TerminiDowntown Los Angeles
Santa Ana, California
Stations30
Daily ridership1,046,974 (last count)
Operation
Opened1905
Closed1950
OwnerSouthern Pacific Railroad
Operator(s)Pacific Electric
Rolling stockPE 300-400 Class (last used)
Technical
Line length34 miles
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) 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
Palomar
Modjeska Park
Lynwood
Lugo
Morton
Michigan Avenue
Paramount
New York Avenue
Crutcher
Rendalia
Bellflower
terminus
after 1950
Woodruff Avenue
Palo Verde
Gallina
Dolley
Artesia
Thornton
Crescenta
Bingham
Moody
Cypress
Halcon
Shirley
Hanson
Lobo
Stanton
Vignolo
Cordoniz
Harperville
Mesto
Metate
Garden Grove
Dueno
Buaro
Willowick Golf Course
Santa Ana
Santa Ana SP Depot

Santa Ana was a route of the Pacific Electric Railway, constructed in 1905 and bought by Pacific Electric in 1911, running from the Pacific Electric Building in Los Angeles to the Southern Pacific depot in Santa Ana, California on the West Santa Ana Branch. Santa Ana's location as the premier city[peacock term] of Orange County allowed the route to be the most heavily trafficked in the region by far. By 1950, service had halved from its peak only five years earlier and cut back to a minor station in Bellflower. This service was appropriated by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1958, the same year it was discontinued.

List of major stations[edit]

Station Major connections Date opened Date closed City
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, Redlands, Redondo via Gardena, Riverside-Rialto, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Monica Air Line, Sierra Madre, Soldiers' Home, South Pasadena Local, Upland-San Bernardino, Whittier, LARy Routes B, H, J, R, 7, and 8 1905 1961 Los Angeles
Amoco Balboa, Fullerton, Hawthorne-El Segundo, La Habra-Yorba Linda, Long Beach, Redondo via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Santa Monica Air Line, Soldiers' Home, Whittier 1902 1961
Slauson Junction Balboa, Fullerton, Hawthorne-El Segundo, La Habra-Yorba Linda, Long Beach, Redondo via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena, Whittier 1902 1961
Watts Balboa, Hawthorne-El Segundo, Long Beach, Redondo via Gardena, San Pedro via Dominguez, San Pedro via Gardena 1902 1961
Artesia 1911 1950 Artesia
Santa Ana Santa Ana-Huntington Beach, Santa Ana-Orange 1911 1950 Santa Ana