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Old Posted May 26, 2014, 8:54 PM
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More Venice Miniature Rail Road, 1905-25

Prior posts:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8542
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10742

Also, I unwittingly showed much of the VMRR track in my now-updated Venice Panorama post, as well as the roundhouse, carhouse, and shops for the VMRR:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=20334

1909 map showing route of the Venice Miniature Rail Road. Starting at the VMRR station at Lake Avenue and El Camino Real (lower right corner of map; now Venice
and Abbot Kinney), the train traveled west past Venice Park (site of Villa City) then looped around at the end of Windward Avenue and went back east along the
same route then turned north on Riviera, to Rialto, then turned right onto El Camino Real and back down to the VMRR station:

http://bjwrr.org/wp-content/uploads/...re-Railway.pdf

The same area today:

Bing

The loop at the end of Windward Avenue, c. 1905:

USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/25427/rec/5

The VMRR tracks next to Villa City, c. 1905:

USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../73511/rec/239

1910; specific location unknown, but photo shows VMRR track on bridge over canal (is that a sea serpent
on the far side of the bridge?):

Huntington Digital Library -- http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...d/11825/rec/46

1912:

LAPL -- http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics19/00009151.jpg

c. 1912:

CA State Library -- http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...4P5ITIA1D1.jpg

1925:

USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../90937/rec/312

Taking up the tracks, 1925:

USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../90946/rec/320

And, as pointed out here (http://silentlocations.wordpress.com...onica-waves-2/), you can see the VMRR in action in a wince-inducing
Hal Roach/Our Gang ripoff, The New Engine Driver, apparently by The Century Kids (no date; original titles in Dutch). A couple screen grabs:




Watch the movie here (VMRR first appears around the 4:00 minute mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uArLF-B8pgE

At the very end of the movie, a little girl jumps into Aldebaran Canal; I'm not sure if this is the same bridge, but the area looks similar.
It looks like this bridge has a sea serpent on it as well:

USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../73418/rec/245

More on VMRR:
http://www.lawesterners.org/wp-conte...-FALL-1999.pdf
http://bjwrr.org/wp-content/uploads/...re-Railway.pdf
http://www.westland.net/venicehistor...venice-map.htm
http://www.westland.net/venicehistory/articles/rail.htm (previously noted)

Last edited by Flyingwedge; Aug 18, 2014 at 7:48 PM. Reason: ack! typo
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