6th St. Station
Groundbreaking- July 17, 2000
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on
Monday July 17 at 10 a.m. to celebrate construction of the 6th Street Red
Car station. Participating in the program were; Bob Henry, Project
Manager, Port of Los Angeles; Rudy Svorinich Jr., LA City Councilmember,
15th District; Ruth Galanter, LA City Councilmember, 6th District; Larry
Keller, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles; and David Freeman,
General Manager, LA Department of Water and Power.
of all four stations is now being finalized, and Port of Los Angeles crews
have begun prep work at the station sites. In other project news, a contract has been
awarded to ABC Rail Systems for track, signal and electrification
Ruth Galanter addresses the crowd at the 6th Station groundbreaking.
Below: A scale model
of the station was on display during the ceremony.
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cars now Under Construction
The two replica Pacific Electric 500-class
cars that will serve the new Port of LA Waterfront Red Car Line are now
under construction. The cars are being built in Seattle,
Washington. Go to the PE
500s Page for more information.
The new cars will seat 48 passengers, and
will be equipped for both high level and ground level boarding. Through
the use of folding seats and a slightly modified seating arrangement, the
cars will include two wheelchair spaces. As on the original cars, a traditional "California
Type" open-air section will be incorporated, although the replica
cars will have hidden sash that can
be moved into place during inclement weather.
Above: Welding is almost complete on
the steel underframes.
Below: Members of the welding team in action
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and Other Updates 8/24/00
Saturday August 19, the concrete footings were poured for the Red Car
station adjacent to the World Cruise Center. Harbor Department crews will
complete work at this site and then move down the line to the next
station. In other news, design submittals are being reviewed for the track
and signal upgrades along with the overhead traction power system.
500 Replicas: Work continues in Seattle on the two replica PE 500s.
The initial vertical members of the steel frame were being added to the
first of the completed underframes on August 23. The rebuilding of the
trucks and motors is also proceeding nicely. The trucks have been
completely torn down and individual components are being refurbished,
while orders are being finalized for new wheels, axles and gears. The
traction motors are being completely rewound at a Seattle motor shop,
airbrake parts are arriving from the various vendors, and the Goodman
control apparatus is expected to arrive by late September.
1058: Parts are coming in for the new air brake system, and the
Goodman control apparatus is expected to arrive in San Pedro by late
September. The new wheels ordered for the truck refurbishment work are due
to arrive the final week of August, and the first two traction motors are
now being refurbished.
Cars Update 9/29/00
both underframes essentially complete, work has focused on completing the
remainder of the steel frame on the first car. The photos below were taken
in September as the work progressed. Work also continues on the trucks,
motors, seats and other components.
Construction Update 10/02/00
Department and contractor's crews have been at work throughout September
at the station sites, as well as out on the line replacing ties. Here are
a few photos of the progress.
Above: Concrete pour
at the World Cruise Center station, September 16, 2000.
Above: Crews begin
form work for the footings at the 6th St. Station, September 26, 2000.
Above: Track crew
replacing ties near 22nd St., September 12, 2000.
Port of Los Angeles
Replica Car Photos 10/12/00
work has been completed on the first steel frame in
Seattle, Washington. Frame number two should likewise be completed in
another 3-4 weeks. Work is also progressing on design and fabrication of
the wooden components for the two cars. A roof section has now been added
on the short mockup section of the car which was created to test out
different fabrication concepts. The Orange Empire Railway Museum
has also agreed to loan the project numerous detail pieces from surviving car
in San Pedro, track crews have passed the half way point in their
re-railing and tie replacement project. In addition, all of the wooden
line poles are now at the site, and the contractor should begin setting
poles the week of 10/16. Work also continues at both the Cruise Center and
6th St. station sites.
Above: The first
completed steel frame, October 10, 2000.
Above: End view of
the first frame- note the coupler. Two sets of interurban-type radial
couplers were obtained from Japan via the Seashore Trolley Museum. The
couplers will permit towing of the cars by a locomotive or other means in
the event of power failure or other operational difficulty. Cars will also
have train air, so that the cars will have functional airbrakes while
Above and Below: A
three-foot long mockup of the carbody has been built to test out ideas for
wooden components and other details. Here personnel try out a
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