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Hollywood's Trains and Trolleys

by Josef Lesser and Marc Wannamaker

A book from the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation

Watch the Zoom interview between LARHF's Chief Operations Officer, Jared Nigro, and co-author of Hollywood's Trains & Trolleys, Marc Wanamaker. Subjects matters like rail history, Hollywood history, Los Angeles history and more are discussed.  


Recorded in October 2020.

  • $39.50 – Hardcover with dust jacket 

  • 216 pages,

  • 225 archive photos

  • Illustrations

  • Specially created double page map in color


Hollywood's Trains and Trolleys relives the golden age in Los Angeles.

The new book from the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation takes you along the trolley routes that connected the Hollywood studios from Boyle Heights to the Pacific Palisades.

For the first time a book zeroes in on the trains and trolley movies produced only within a 30 mile radius of Hollywood. The single exception is the location of Railtown 1987 State Historic Park near Sonora, California. 

Explore the history of the trains and trolley movies with many never seen before photographs showing every aspect of production and location from the Squaw Man (1913) to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Roughly 75 years of movie making in Hollywood.

The tale ends on the rail passenger car's observation platform. Experience how Hollywood exploited the end of the train, staging action scenes and personality publicity on the platform.

It's all in one book with a colorful map of the historic and present-day studio locations and routes of the "red" and "yellow" streetcars.


by Roger L. Titus & Jim Bunte

A book from the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation
How trolley's and postcards helped create the Southern California dream: 1898-1950's

  • $10.00 –softcover

  • 95 pages, more than 300 images

  • Post cards & memorabilia


Long before the Southern California of today, bustling with development and teeming with millions of people, the Southland was a sleepy, agricultural area of Spanish-Mexican heritage. But as the 20th century dawned, one man with a gift for real estate development and railroading arrived in Los Angeles who would change everything forever: Henry E. Huntington.

Within a few short years, Huntington had created the world's greatest electric interurban railway, the Pacific electric. The PE system criss-crossed Southern California with hundreds of miles of track, opened up remote areas to development, and single-handedly created the far-flung, commuter-based culture that now defines Southland living.


DESTINATIONS by Roger L. Titus and Jim Bunte explores Huntington's Pacific Electric and how it shaped today's Southern California through vintage postcards. In an era before personal photography, postcards were an inexpensive, colorful way to share travels and adventures with the folks at home. Postcards survive today as artistic reminders of a time and place gone forever. 

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