28 May 2010
Worlds wonderland lines
Throughout the golden age of Hollywood present in the opening boulevards of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there is but one way to travel, the Pacific Electric Railway.More commonly referred to as the Red Car, the Pacific Electric Railway transported the masses throughout Southern California from 1901 until 1961 using a variety of, what were then considered, modern modes of transportation. The fleet relied heavily upon light rail and busses, however, the most often reminisced element of the Red Car were the trolleys. By utilizing these various vehicular transit options, the Pacific Electric Railway was able to service three districts that covered a large swath of Southern California, including Pasadena, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Glendale, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, and, of course, Hollywood.The Red Car was so much a part of the times that it can not only be seen in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? as a viable means of transport and as a way in which to set the scene, it is actually pivotal to the plot. In the film the villainous Judge Doom seeks to dismantle the Pacific Electric Railway so that automobiles will appear more attractive to the typical motorist. With the world of Roger Rabbit playing a crucial role in the early years of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then known as Disney-MGM Studios, it is no wonder that the Red Car could, and still can, be seen throughout the park.So, where can these glimmers of this transportation gem be found? It should come as no surprise that the average guest does not look up enough, however for those who do gaze up along the boulevards of Hollywood and Sunset, a billboard exalting the wonders of the Red Car can be found. At the crossroads of Sunset and Hollywood there are two mentions of the Pacific Electric Railway. The first is the roundhouse building that houses the L.A. Cinema Storage shop, while the second is a map of the Red Car’s lines, which can be found on the backside of the tip board. Finally, following the trolley tracks down Sunset, just before reaching the Hollywood Tower Hotel and G-Force Records, there is a scaled down trolley serving as a merchandise stand.