The Los Angeles Pacific Railway began construction of its San Fernando Valley line from Hollywood through the Cahuenga Pass in 1909.  Before the line was completed in 1912, the LAP was merged with the Pacific Electric Railway.

 

    The first PE trolley car reached Van Nuys and its new depot on December 16, 1911.  Shortly thereafter, construction began on two branch lines radiating from Van Nuys. One branch preceded west on Sherman Way to its terminus in Owensmouth (Canoga Park), and the other north to the San Fernando Mission. Within months of the arrival of the PE, the large grain farms in the San Fernando Valley began to be subdivided for homes and businesses.

 

    Operations on both branch lines were ended on June 1, 1938, which made the San Fernando line’s terminus at Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way.  On December 28, 1952, bus lines utilizing the Hollywood Freeway replaced all trolley rail service.

 

Postcard - Pacific Electric Railroad’s Van Nuys Depot

 

 

 

 

Pacific Electric Railroad’s Van Nuys Depot