Long Beach Sierra Club to Host Historian David Coscia

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Long Beach Sierra Club

David Coscia

Before there was a Gold line, a Blue line, a Green line, and a Red subway out to North Hollywood, the Red Cars went everywhere. They clanked down Long Beach Boulevard; went out past Van Nuys, and down the coast to Newport Beach.

What happened to this system, once billed as the “Largest Electric Railway System in the World?” That’s what author and historian David Coscia will answer when he speaks at the May 2nd meeting of the Long Beach Sierra Club group.

Telling the story of the Pacific Electric Railway, the Red Cars, as they were popularly called, Coscia will describe the development boom in the San Fernando Valley and how that spurred the expansion of the rail system. And, he’ll detail the dismantling of the system as riders turned to buses and finally personal vehicles to get from here to there.

The program is free, and open to the public. It will be held Wednesday, May, beginning at  7:30 p.m. at Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 East Willow, near Temple in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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