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RIP: BELMONT TUNNEL, LOS ANGELES (A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW)

Discussion in 'Rest In Peace' started by TheoHuxtable, May 4, 2004.

  1. TheoHuxtable

    TheoHuxtable Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2004 Messages: 2,113 Likes Received: 1
    As many may already know, the world famous Belmont Tunnel or Belmont Yard in Los Angeles will be destroyed so a new apartment complex can be built. Belmont was the oldest and most recognized yard in Los Angeles. Writers from all over L.A. and the world, including New York legends like SEEN, BLADE, and DUSTER have hit up here. Many writers from around the Los Angeles area and the world, as well as Pacific Electric rail enthusiasts have been visiting the Tunnel for months now, to get a "last glimpse" before she closes. If you haven't visited it already, you still have time. From what I understand construction is supposed to start in another 2 to 3 months.

    Originally called the "Toluca Yard", the "Toluca Station", and the "Toluca Tunnel", I have enclosed a tribute with various pictures of Belmont Tunnel throughout the years as a personal respect to the yard, as I have many fond memories of that place.

    Toluca Station under construction, circa 1925:
    http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/early-toluca.jpg'>

    Toluca Station opens, 1925:
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/subwayopens.jpg'>

    Toluca Station, 1925
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/tolu1925.jpg'>

    Toluca Station, 1940 (elevated Beverly Blvd. being built in background)
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/tolu1940.jpg'>

    Toluca Yard, 1959 (now closed, and just used as a storage layup)
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/tolu1959.jpg'>

    Belmont Tunnel, circa early 1980's (graffiti starts to appear)
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/tolu1980.jpg'>

    Belmont Tunnel, 2000
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/toluca2000.jpg'>

    Belmont Tunnel, 2000
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/tolucasub.jpg'>

    Belmont Tunnel, 2003
    [img]http://img26.photobucket.com/albums/v79/diverse/toluca-sealed-2003.jpg'>
     
  2. HAL

    HAL Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 23, 2001 Messages: 5,002 Likes Received: 49
    That looks like a killer spot. Any more area flicks?
     
  3. el_why_en_E

    el_why_en_E New Jack

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003 Messages: 99 Likes Received: 0
    dammit why isnt there spots like this in chicago!!!!!
     
  4. fuckbagS

    fuckbagS Junior Member

    Joined: Nov 24, 2003 Messages: 103 Likes Received: 1
    i love spots like this. in portland we dont go tunnels and shit but we got other shit.... damn im ramblin to fucking stoned hahah
     
  5. thehavenots

    thehavenots Junior Member

    Joined: May 13, 2002 Messages: 188 Likes Received: 0
    one of those spots i always wish i could have painted. stupid living on the other side of the country.
     
  6. gang_starr

    gang_starr Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 23, 2004 Messages: 153 Likes Received: 0
    look at all that yards' been through though! i'm sure its ready to retire...did you guys notice the progression of film quality in that series of flicks? i think it'll be alright, its what happens with the passage of time. this new apartment building will be pretty heavily bombed you know this.
     
  7. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    I know I've seen that spot in tons of movies and TV spots.

    anyone got a list of some of the most recognizable?
     
  8. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    ^^^

    Isn't it in that Red Hot Chili Peppers video?

    I odn't know why that came to me.....
     
  9. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 3
    Its such a shame, I remember going there and seeing the massive saber roller, major inspiration... LA has a lot of history and tons of well known spots, but its a loss nonetheless.
     
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