F (Los Angeles Railway)

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F
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Overview
Type Light rail
System Los Angeles Railway
Locale Los Angeles
Termini Union Station
Vermont and Manchester Avenues
Stations 28
Operation
Opened 1920
Closed 1956
Owner Los Angeles Railway
Technical
Track gauge narrow gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map
Union StationATSF, SP, UP
Macy and Alameda
Main and Macy
Main and Sunset
Main and Temple
Main and 1stP
Main and 2nd8
Main and 3rd9
Main and 4th
Main and 5th
Main and 6thPacific Electric Railway
Main and 7th7 J R S
Main and 8th
Main and 9th7 8
Broadway Place5
Main and 11th
Main and 12th
Main and Pico9
Main and Venice
Main and Washington
Main and 23rd
Main and Adams
Main and 30th
Main and Jefferson
Jefferson and Broadway
Jefferson and Hill
Jefferson and Grand9 J
Grand and 37th
Grand and 39th
Santa Barbara and Figueroa
Santa Barbara and Hoover
Santa Barbara and Vermont5 V
Vermont and 42nd
Vermont and VernonV
Vermont and 46th
Vermont and 48th9
Vermont and 51st
Vermont and 54th8
Vermont and 56th
Vermont and Slauson
Vermont and 59th
Vermont and Gage
Vermont and 68th
Vermont and Florence
Vermont and 74th
Vermont and 76th
Vermont and 79th
Vermont and 81st
Vermont and 83rd
Vermont and Manchester

F was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1911 to 1956.

History[edit]

Fourth Street Line (1898-1911)[edit]

The Fourth Street Line was originally built by the Los Angeles Traction Company and opened in 1898. This route ran from a Downtown terminus at 3rd Street and Stephenson Avenue (present-day Traction Avenue) to 1st Street by way of Boyle Heights by way of Stephenson, Merrick Street, 4th Street, and Fresno Street.

In 1910, the LAIU was taken over by the Pacific Electric Railway who ran it as a local line for one year, extending the route to 4th and Hill by way of 3rd and Hill Streets.

Sunnyside Division (1888-1911)[edit]

The Sunnyside Division was the second division to be built by the Los Angeles and Redondo Railway, the world's first suburban railway. From the LA&R terminus at 2nd and Spring Streets, the Sunnyside Line ran to Redondo Beach by way of 2nd Street, Broadway, 7th Street, Grand Avenue, Santa Barbara Avenue, Sunnyside Avenue (present-day South Hoover), a private right of way between 69th Street and Florence Avenue, Vermont Avenue, 166th Street, Redondo Beach Boulevard, Ripley Avenue, and Anita Street.

During the Great Merger of 1911, the southern portion of the LA&R was incorporated into the Pacific Electric Railway, while the northern portion became local routes of the Los Angeles Railway. At this point, the Fourth Street and Sunnyside Lines were merged into a single route.

F Line (1911-1956)[edit]

LARy streamlined the Fourth Street and Sunnyside Lines, avoiding Stephenson Avenue entirely and running the Downtown segment through Main Street. The new route followed Fresno Street, 4th Street, Main Street, Jefferson Boulevard, Grand Avenue, Hoover Avenue, a private right of way, and Vermont Avenue, terminating at Manchester Avenue, where a less frequent shuttle could be taken to the Pacific Electric's Delta Station. In 1920, the shuttle was eliminated; the main line ran all the way to Delta and was renamed "F."

After Union Station[edit]

The opening of Union Station in 1939 resulted in the creation of a loop segment on the building's north side, which served as the new northern terminus for the line. The 4th street track was eliminated, and the new loop connected to the remainder of the route by way of Macy Street and Main Street. The southern terminus was also cut back to the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Manchester Avenue. In 1950, the Hoover section was eliminated, and the F car ran straight from Santa Barbara to Vermont Avenues.

In 1956, the F Line was the last route to be removed by Los Angeles Transit Lines, although it had long been one of the least used routes in the system.

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