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Episode 005: "Red Cars" arrive in Burbank

The Pacific Electric trolley line, nicknamed "Red Cars", arrived in Burbank a few months after the city was incorporated in 1911. How did the small population of Burbank convince a major transportation system to travel to the rural community, you ask? Listen below to find out! 

Transcript of Episode 005: "Red Cars" arrive in Burbank

PDF of May 19, 1910 "News from Burbank"

Other Media:

"Red Car" on the Glendale line in BurbankOlive Avenue on September 6, 1911 - The day the first "Red Car" arrived in Burbank



General sources:

There are an abundance of articles in the Los Angeles Times during the period about Burbank's attempts at attracting the trolley line

Burbank History by Jackson Mayers Ph.D

Burbank, an Illustrated History by E. Caswell Perry

A History of Burbank: a special place in history by Mary Jane Strickland

Pacific Electric:

The 99% Invisible podcast has an episode on the Pacifc Electric which explores the conspiracy behind the transportaion system

Southern California Railway Museum

Aerial Swallow (a.k.a Fawkes' Folly):

LA Times article from 1996

KCET/LA Magazine article

Information gathered on Burbankia

Pacific Coast Narrow Gauge