STEPHENSON AVENUE LINE (1918-1920)

 

Formed from the eastern portion of the 7th and Stephenson Line.

 

ROUTE: From Hope and W. 7th Street east on 7th to Boyle Street, north on Boyle to Stephenson Avenue (Whittier Boulevard), east on Stephenson to Eastern Avenue.

 

MAY 9, 1920: Became part of the R-Whittier Boulevard and West 3rd Street Line.

 

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R-WHITTIER BOULEVARD AND W. 3rd Street LINE (1920-1947)

 

Formed from the Stephenson Avenue Line and the West 6th Street Line; service begun May 9, l920.

 

ROUTE: From Eastern Avenue and Whittier Boulevard, west on Whittier to Boyle Avenue, south on Boyle to E. 7th Street, west on 7th to Alvarado Street, north on Alvarado to W. 6th Street, west on 6th to right-of-way near Gramercy Place, north on right-of-way to W. 3rd Street, west on 3rd to Larchmont Boulevard, north on Larchmont to Melrose Avenue.

 

JULY 25, 1920: Service cut back to W. 6th Street and Rampart Boulevard due to a shortage of four-motored cars needed on the grades on 6th Street west of Rampart. D-Line took over service west of Rampart to Larchmont Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.

 

AUGUST 26, 1923: Service restored by R-Line west from Rampart Boulevard and W. 6th Street to Larchmont Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. A new branch was established by taking over a shuttle operation from W. 3rd and Larchmont, west on 3rd Street to La Brea Avenue. D-Line cut back to Rampart Boulevard.

 

JULY 13, 1924: Due to power shortage, service on 3rd Street west of Larchmont Boulevard to La Brea operated afternoon rush hours only, with shuttle service at all other times.

 

JANUARY 4, 1926: Full service restored from Larchmont Boulevard to La Brea Avenue.

 

AUGUST 22, 1926. Due to rebuilding the E. 7th Street trestle, line detoured from E. 7th Street and Boyle Avenue, south on new trackage on Boyle to E. 9th Street (Olympic Boulevard), west on new trackage on 9th Street Viaduct to Mateo Street, north on Existing trackage on Mateo Street (J-Line) to 7th Street where it rejoined original routing.

 

SEPTEMBER 19, 1927: E. 7th Street viaduct completed, service returned to normal.

 

JANUARY 11, 1931: Utilizing new trackage on W. 3rd Street west from Western Avenue west to Gramercy Place, line rerouted (with no change of name) from Whittier Boulevard, west on Whittier to Boyle Avenue, south on Boyle to E. 7th Street, west on 7th to Vermont Avenue, north on Vermont to W. 3rd Street, west on 3rd to La Brea Avenue, Larchmont branch transferred to a new 3-Line.

 

DECEMBER 11, 1937: Loop established at Whittier Boulevard and Brannick Street.

 

FEBRUARY 11, 1943: Experimental turnback service established in conjunction with the 3-Line, utilizing a loop formed by W. 6th Street, Gramercy right of-way, W. 3rd Street and Vermont Avenue back to W. 6th Street, with certain cars utilizing this loop instead of going to their western terminus. (apparently this experiment lasted only a short time.)

 

AUGUST 3, 1947: Revised and renamed the Whittier Boulevard and West 7th Street Line.

 

R-WHITTIER BOULEVARD AND WEST 7th STREET LINE (1947-1950)

 

Formed by revision of the Whittier Boulevard and West 3rd Street Line; service begun August 3, 1947.

 

ROUTE: From Whittier and Brannick Street loop, west on Whittier Boulevard to Boyle Avenue, south on Boyle to E. 7th Street. West on 7th to Vermont Avenue, north on Vermont to W. 3rd Street, west on 3rd to Gramercy Place. (S-Line took over service from Gramercy Place right-of-way west on 3rd to La Brea Avenue.)

 

JULY 25, 1948: Line revised, rerouted from W. 3rd and Vermont, north on Vermont Avenue, to a new loop at W. 1st and Vermont, service west on 3rd from Vermont Avenue to Gramercy Place to S-Line.

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 1950: West end of line rerouted to Larchmont Boulevard and Melrose Avenue; renamed R-Whittier Boulevard and West 3rd Street Line.

 

R-WHITTIER BOULEVARD AND WEST 3rd STREET LINE (1950-1963)

 

Formed from a revision of the R-Whittier Boulevard and West 7th Street Line; service started September 10, 1950.

 

ROUTE: From Whittier Boulevard and Brannick Street loop, west on Whittier to Boyle Street, south on Boyle to E. 7th Street, west on 7th to Vermont Avenue, north on Vermont to W. 3rd Street, west on 3rd to Larchmont Boulevard, north on Larchmont to Melrose Avenue, taking over S-Line service on 3rd and Larchmont. The balance of service to La Brea was taken over by 3-(trolley coach) Line, which was extended to Fairfax Avenue (from La Brea Avenue.)

 

JUNE 1954: Service cut back to W. 3rd and Gramercy Place, where a wye was built on part of the old right-of-way. Service on Larchmont Boulevard abandoned with no replacement.

 

MARCH 3, 1963: All rail service abandoned.