March 25: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1937:  Los Angeles Railway introduces its new PCC streetcars, with child star Shirley Temple as the guest of honor at opening ceremonies.

The launch coincides with National Transportation Week, held in the third week of May each year.

Crowds surround Los Angeles Railway’s new PCC streetcars (Click to enlarge)

Transportation Week celebrations on Spring Street facing Hall of Justice (Click to enlarge)

Los Angeles Railway headquarters, 1060 South Broadway (Click to enlarge)

Although the 1937 celebration may have been overshadowed by the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, thousands turned out in Los Angeles’ new streetcars — the same year that Los Angeles Railway re-opened its Transportation Library.