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On the Trolley

Everyone's very excited about the (relatively) soon-to-open Expo Line extension, which will be the first train in decades that will go all the way to the beach in Santa Monica (or a few blocks short). But that's nothing compared to the early 1900s, when "Trolleys once rivaled the crashing surf in the soundscape of Southland beaches," and lines ran to Huntington Beach, Venice, and Manhattan Beach. Nathan Masters's look back at railways along the coast includes a lot of great photos of trolleys running along the waterfront and packed (trolley) cars of people clamoring for the sand. [Gizmodo]