The Pacific Electric Railway
in Southern California
 
 
  Pacific Electric Torrance Shops  
 
  Source: Los Angeles Public Library Photography Collection  
  In the view above we are looking a little bit North of due East. When this photograph was taken the vacant fields surrounding this area were not yet developed. Torrance was conceived as an industrial city. These days, the area formerly occupied by the shops is an industrial park. Other industrial parks and oil refineries surround it on three sides. At the very bottom of the picture, on the right, you can see the AT&SF Railroad right of way.  
 
  Source: Los Angeles Public Library Photography Collection  
  In the view above we are looking South. The Pacific Electric Torrance shops are on the right in the foreground. Downtown Torrance is to the South and Southeast. A vast array of oil derricks fill the background to the South. To the left you can see a few smaller buildings of the Columbia Steel Mill served by the Pacific Electric.  
 
  Source: MSN Terra Server  
  In the view above we are looking straight down (North is towards the top). The shaded area was occupied by the PE Torrance shop complex. This satellite photo was taken in 1994. Since then the empty areas have been filled with new warehouses and industrial buildings.  
  Copyright 2000,01,02,03
William E. Den Beste
Last modified on  12/15/01 2:24:04 PM