Rio Vista Waiting Station

Pacific Electric Railway

Trackside Waiting Station

Built by:

Pacific Electric Railway Carpenters

Original Site:

Vineland Blvd. near Los Angeles River

Donated by:

Pacific Electric Railway – 1953

Travel Town volunteer, Alan Weeks, took this photo of the Rio Vista Station in 1952.

This small wooden waiting station is one of the few remnants that survive from the Pacific Electric’s streetcar line through the San Fernando Valley.  It was originally located on Vineland Blvd. near present-day Universal Studios.  The name ‘Rio Vista’ – Spanish for “River View” – came from the station’s site between the Los Angeles River and the Tujunga Wash.   Rio Vista was a stop for the P.E.’s Red Cars running on its Van Nuys Line.

Los Angeles was once home to an extensive street car system. Map from

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More Interesting Information:

Girl Scout, Katy Gneier, of Glendale Troop 7351, spearheaded a renovation of the waiting station as her Gold Award Leadership Project in 2011.