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From the Archives: A mountain of red cars

After World War ll, the Pacific Electric Railway system was slowly dismantled -- replaced by buses and freeways. As reported in the March 19, 1956, Los Angeles Times, many of the cars were broken up for scrap: A host of ghosts hovers over a monumental boneyard on Terminal Island in Los Angeles...
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