The P865 light rail cars have been in service since 1990, when the Blue Line opened between downtown Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles. The Blue Line was the first rail transit line in our region since the demise of streetcars in the L.A. area in 1963.
Since June 2017, Metro has been decommissioning the P865 rail cars and replacing them with the new Kinkisharyo P3010 rail cars. As the P865 rail cars were taken out of service, two were donated to the Orange Empire Railway Museum. The majority of rest were dismantled for parts and then recycled. One remaining P865 rail car, #100, has been saved and will be donated to the City of Long Beach next year.
Keep scrolling to see the final journey each P865 rail car has made over the course of this past year.
While the above photos are a little sad, the whole process is to make way for new rail cars on the Blue Line. To date, there are forty-eight new P3010 rail cars at the Blue Line rail yard, and they are running on both the Blue and Expo Line.