Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey Line


The Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey was an interurban railway route of the Pacific Electric. It operated between the Hill Street Terminal and Cliffton, south of Redondo Beach, through the company's Western Division.

Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey
LocaleGreater Los Angeles
TerminiDowntown Los Angeles
Redondo Beach
SystemPacific Electric
Operator(s)Pacific Electric
Opened1902 (1902)
ClosedNovember 18, 1930 (1930-11-18)
Line length25.01 mi (40.25 km)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification600 V DC Overhead lines
Route map

Hill Street Station
Subway Terminal
 J   R   S 
 P   9 
 J   9 
Vermont Avenue
Western Avenue
to Beverly Hills
via Sherman Junction
National Boulevard
Culver City
First Street Palms
Cypress Grove
Del Rey Junction
Venice–Playa del Rey
El Segundo
Peck's Beach
Manhattan Beach
Hermosa Beach
Redondo Beach


The route began as a line built by Los Angeles Pacific Railroad from Culver City to Playa del Rey in 1902. The Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach segment was constructed in 1903, and the gap between the two also completed later that year.[1] The tracks were converted from their original narrow gauge to standard gauge in 1908.[2] Pacific Electric acquired the line in 1911.[1]

Local Manhattan–Redondo service was established for the summer and fall of 1916, and made year year round runs from February 1922 to June 1924, extending to Clifton in 1923.[3] The Palos Verdes Transportation Company began a bus service between Malaga Cove and the Redondo Beach station in 1925.[4]

On May 5, 1930 service was reduced to a single reverse commute round trip car run to maintain the franchise. The route was discontinued after November 18.[3]

By 1981, no rails remained on the entire route.


From the Hill Street Station to Culver Junction, the Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey Line followed the route of the Venice Short Line.[2] From Culver Junction, dual tracks branched southwesterly from the Venice Short Line in the center of the pavement of Culver Boulevard, past Washington Boulevard to Madison Avenue. Here, the dual tracks entered an unimproved private way on the northerly side of Culver Boulevard, and ran past the MGM Studios, Overland Avenue, Sepulveda Boulevard and Centinela Boulevard, to the Culver City boundary.

Former bridge abutment of the Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey Line at Culver Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd., July 2017

The dual tracks in private way continued southeasterly alongside of Culver Boulevard approximately one-half mile (0.80 km) before ramping up on fill to cross over Lincoln Boulevard on a bridge immediately north of the bridge for Culver Boulevard roadway. West of Lincoln Boulevard, the dual tracks converged to a single track before crossing over Ballona Creek on a long steel bridge. The single track then expanded again to two tracks in private way, and continued the run, across open country roughly paralleling Culver Boulevard, into Playa Del Rey. The rails had a short stretch of street running in Playa Del Rey. This was in crossing Culver Boulevard and a small section on Vista Del Mar Lane.

From Playa del Rey, the dual rails ran southerly on unimproved private way along the edge of the bluffs bordering the Pacific Ocean, past the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant and Imperial Highway into the City of El Segundo. Still on unimproved private way bordering the ocean, the dual tracks continued southerly running by the Standard Oil Company Refinery, the City of Manhattan Beach, and into the city of Hermosa Beach.

In Hermosa Beach the dual rails entered another section of unimproved private way in the center of Hermosa Avenue. The rails followed this private way southerly through the business district of Hermosa Beach into the City of Redondo Beach to the center of the city at Diamond and Pacific Avenues. Here, the Redondo Beach via Gardena Line terminated its run from the east.

From Downtown Redondo Beach, the dual tracks ran southerly, in the pavement of Pacific Avenue as far as Torrance Boulevard, then they ran in another unimproved private way in the center of Catalina Street south to Avenue I in the Clifton Beach Area. The dual tracks then converged to a single track for the short cross country run on private way to the terminus of the Line at Clifton-by-the-Sea, located on the bluff overlooking the Ocean just north of Malaga Cove.


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  1. ^ a b "Redondo Beach-Del Rey Line". Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b Hilton, George W.; Due, John F. (2000) [1960]. The Electric Interurban Railways in America. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. p. 412. ISBN 0-8047-4014-3.
  3. ^ a b Veysey, Laurence R. (June 1958). A History Of The Rail Passenger Service Operated By The Pacific Electric Railway Company Since 1911 And By Its Successors Since 1953 (PDF). LACMTA (Report). Los Angeles, California: Interurbans. pp. 55, 56. ASIN B0007F8D84.
  4. ^ Sugimoto, Monique; Piotrowski, Dennis (4 February 2019). "PV History: How transportation would have changed had the Pacific Electric Railway been built". Palos Verdes Peninsula News. Retrieved 8 April 2021.