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Was the Formosa Cafe ever a real railroad car?

2/1/2010

Illustration by Zohar Lazar
Quit looking for Lana Turner, put down your Singapore Sling, and mosey to the back room of this classic Old Hollywood hangout.  Along the west wall you'll see the distinctive rounded windows and wood construction of a 1902 Pacific Electric streetcar.  This was formerly Interurban No. 913, which ran routes to Long Beach and the Valley before it was taken off the tracks in 1938. Prizefighter Jimmy Bernstein snapped up the car and brought it to Formosa Avenue (hence the name) and Santa Monica Boulevard.  Want to experience what it was like riding the early wooden cars? A restored one clacks along the San Pedro waterfront.
 

 
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