[Back to the Past] Red Car Museum, Seal Beach

Written by on August 20, 2011 in Featured, free, History, Local - 2 Comments

On Electric Avenue near Main Street sits a Pacific Electric Railway Red Car. The Pacific Electric Railway system, also known as the Red Car system, once connected Southern California from 1901 to 1961. Once traveling through Los Angeles County, passing through Seal Beach, and ending at the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, the only memory of this part of Seal Beach’s past is the Red Car Historical Museum and the segment of tracks it rests on at the northwest portion of Electric Avenue Greenbelt.

Red Car Historical Museum
707 Electric Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90809
(562) 683-1874
Hours: 12 P.M.-3 P.M., second and fourth Saturdays of the month
Donations appreciated

Car No. 1734, an authentic and rare Pacific tower car, was built in 1925 and functioned as a roving machine shop sent out to troubleshoot problems along the 40-mile Pacific Electric LA-Newport Line until its retirement in 1950. Today, it houses the Red Car Museum, and though is not a large museum in size, it is large in the amount of Seal Beach’s history it contains.

If you are in Seal Beach on a Saturday when it is open, make sure to pay the museum a visit. Unfortunately, the few times I have been to Seal Beach, I have not been inside the museum as I always came in the evening or nighttime and probably not on a Saturday either. However, I have walked up to railway car and admired it from a close distance. Whether or not the museum is opened, stop by to get a feel of the Seal Beach of the past.

Spend a beautiful day on Main Street, Seal Beach. Though it is a quiet place, there is so much to see, so much to do. Walk along the pier and watch the sunset, browse through the shops on the street, watch a movie at the Bay Theatre, take a look at the Red Car Museum, and relax at the greenbelt.

What is your favorite thing to do in Old Town Seal Beach?

  • Snowmiss

    Where did you get your Red Car?

    San marino is celebrating its Centennial in 2013 and we would like to find one
    to rent or buy.? Hope you can help.

    • Kristina Truong

      I think you should contact the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and hopefully they may be able to point you in the right direction. Their number is (562) 799-0179. I wish you the best of luck!