For a very short five years, Wilmington, Los Angeles, was connected to the Willmore area of Long Beach by a street railway, initially pulled by a horse and later by a steam engine. Officially, it was called the Wilmington & Long Beach Rapid Transit Railroad, but it was more popularly known as “The Get Out and Push Railroad” (G.O.P.R.R.) because the railway’s underpowered locomotive frequently required assistance from its passengers for overcoming steeper sections of the route.
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The Wilmington & Long Beach Rapid Transit Railroad after it was fitted with a steam engine. Photo: University of Southern California Libraries / California Historical Society.