The Pacific Electric Railway
in Southern California
 
 
  The Torrance Viaduct  
 
  Only one place on the entire Pacific Electric did the tracks cross over themselves on a railroad-owned bridge or viaduct. That location was in Torrance, near the main shops, the Torrance station, the Union Tool company, and the Columbia Steel mill. Because of the geography of the area, access to the steel mill was best accomplished with the viaduct. A spur off of the main line would have been quite steep and difficult to negotiate with a string of loaded cars.
 
The pictures on this page were taken on March 11, 2003, during my recent visit to Los Angeles. I assume that the foliage has grown up a great deal since the viaduct was in use. Older pictures show much less foliage.
 
 
  Looking at the west side of the viaduct from the south side of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  Another view of the west side of the viaduct from the south side of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  Looking at the west side of the viaduct from the center median of Torrance Avenue. Obviously this was once a double track line. This track is still in use, serving a couple of industries in the industrial park that was built where the PE shops used to be.
 
 
  Looking at the west side of the viaduct from the north side of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  A close up view of the west side of the viaduct from the north side of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  Underneath the viaduct, looking south.
 
 
  A close up view of the east side of the viaduct from the north side of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  Looking at the east side of the viaduct from the center median of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  Looking at the east side of the viaduct from the south side of Torrance Avenue.
 
 
  Underneath the viaduct, looking north.
 
 
  On top of the viaduct, looking north.
 
 
  On top of the viaduct, looking south. This turnout once served the Union Tool Company factory or some smaller industry just north of it.
 
 
  Copyright 2000,01,02,03
William E. Den Beste
Last modified on  4/21/03 10:20:42 PM