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Tribute to Belmont Tunnel, Los Angeles

Discussion in 'Third Rail' 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. jack tripper

    jack tripper New Jack

    Joined: May 7, 2001 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 0
    never got a chance to see it, and probably never won't....very cool thread none-the-less.
     
  3. hatetown

    hatetown Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 27, 2004 Messages: 8,479 Likes Received: 148
    maybe if we chain ourselves to objects they wont tare it down like hippies do when they try to chop down the rain forest
     
  4. donniefrisco

    donniefrisco Member

    Joined: Aug 10, 2001 Messages: 406 Likes Received: 1
    Nice thread, the historical pics are dope.

    This yard definitly had an impact.

    Good stuff from 50MMLosAngeles

    Saber Painting
    http://www.saberone.com/gallery/photo.cgi?belmont'>

    The infamous e2e barrowed from 50MM
    [img]http://www.50mmlosangeles.com/artistPicIFrame.php?ARTID=11&ITID=248'>
     
  5. NOTTS1

    NOTTS1 Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 8, 2003 Messages: 1,043 Likes Received: 0
    never been there but saw alot of flix from there and obviously heard about it as well, shame its going man looked a bad spot.......
     
  6. spottybot

    spottybot Member

    Joined: Apr 2, 2002 Messages: 893 Likes Received: 0
    was that place in colours (the film that is)
     
  7. TheoHuxtable

    TheoHuxtable Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2004 Messages: 2,113 Likes Received: 1
    It was also in Biker Boyz, one of the new Obie Trice videos, and several other movies and music videos. Also it was in Spraycan Art.
     
  8. InnerCityRebel

    InnerCityRebel Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 19, 2002 Messages: 8,297 Likes Received: 116
    Awesome Thread TheoHuxtable.I myself have painted there many times.I also have been down there pretty much the last month and half.It's awesome when you see older cats come out and paint with the younger cats.I would have to say in the last month and half i have shot about 7-10 rolls of film.Looking back that is not alot since there has been shit i have not gotten that others have..Roll down there people enjoy the last few months say good-bye to a Los Angeles ;egend Miss Belmont
     
  9. slave_one

    slave_one Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 4, 2003 Messages: 2,745 Likes Received: 2
    i'm gonna miss you belmont...
     
  10. spottybot

    spottybot Member

    Joined: Apr 2, 2002 Messages: 893 Likes Received: 0
    thought it was never been there as iam from the (uk) and skint
    but dope spot..
     
  11. InnerCityRebel

    InnerCityRebel Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 19, 2002 Messages: 8,297 Likes Received: 116
    ok here are a few flicks from belmont for ya..i will not have them up for long but here they are anyways..

    http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/Sherm.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/Bleek.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/Veal.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/ZoreKing.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/Potna.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/I2W28.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/K4P28.jpg'>

    [img]http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v85/slickminded/Fear.jpg'>

    please enjoy
     
  12. slave_one

    slave_one Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 4, 2003 Messages: 2,745 Likes Received: 2
    bump

    that 'BELMONT' by fearo is hot! good stuff i-patch-clan

    i didn't know you can post flix in third rail...
     
  13. krowteN

    krowteN Member

    Joined: Jan 26, 2002 Messages: 480 Likes Received: 0
    those fliks are ill as fuck.
    im a huge history buff and love shit like that.

    thanks.
     
  14. me IS cool

    me IS cool Guest

    I got some more belmont flicks that I received from a friend.

    http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/toluca1.jpg'>

    [img]http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/belmont_work6.jpg'>

    [img]http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/belmont_graveyard.jpg'>

    [img]http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/belmont_1950.jpg'>

    [img]http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/belmont_work7.jpg'>

    :king:
     
  15. me IS cool

    me IS cool Guest

    Here's some from my most recent trip out there.

    http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/kofie_wc.jpg'>
    I love this character.

    [img]http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/closeup_kofie.jpg'>
    Detail of his work.

    [img]http://img2.photobucket.com/albums/v11/meiscool/Belmont/belmont_2004.jpg'>
    Here's a scene shot.
    :king:
     
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