Bill Everett Passes at 92
Bill Everett, LARHF’s dear friend and colleague, passed away on December 14th in Santa Barbara. Bill was a renowned artist/craftsman who scratchbuilt hundreds of O-scale trolley car models. He was particularly drawn to modeling trolley cars of the Pacific Electric Railway and the Los Angeles Railway, as well as cars from all over the Western United States.
Bill and his dear wife Betty lived long lives in Santa Barbara. Betty passed away in 2015 at the age of 98. She encouraged Bill to build his models and accompanied him throughout the world to ride the trolley systems. Bill worked for five years for the Santa Barbara police department and then 22 years for the California Highway Patrol.
His Pacific Electric layout was featured in Model Railroader magazine and other periodicals. He was the author of Mule Car and Trolley, the story of the Santa Barbara Street Railway, and served as a historian and lecturer on trolley and streetcar lines throughout the United States.
Joe Lesser, CEO of LARHF, and Bill had a remarkable friendship and Joe has kept Bill’s legacy alive with ongoing LARHF “satellite” displays located throughout Southern California. The most recent extensive display was seen at Philippe’s French Dip in downtown LA entitled “Once Upon a Streetcar.” Of the 72 western models that Bill has gifted to LARHF, 32 were on display.
All of Bill’s models gifted to LARHF continue to be displayed, both in our ten public “satellite” exhibits and in LARHF’s Eagle Rock offices. Anyone who would like to visit our offices and view the impressive collection are more than welcome to contact us and arrange a visit.
We’re grateful to Bill for his talents and generosity, and for preserving an incredible history of traction transportation for future generations to enjoy.
Click Here to View the Bill Everett Collection