A Brief Excursion:

The Mount Lowe Railway / The Lady Vanishes

A Brief Excursion is a project that investigates the lost sites of Los Angeles and the stories that support them. Each outing pairs a specific destination with various media to construct a geographic imaginary through screenings, excavations, and tours.


The TMLR / TLV tour celebrates alpine infrastructure by exploring the social, cinematic, and architectural history of 1938 through two artefacts that have subsequently fallen into the public domain.


The Mount Lowe Railway was the third in a series of scenic mountain railroads in America created as a tourist attraction on Echo Mountain and Mount Lowe, north of Los Angeles, California. The railway, originally incorporated by Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe as the Pasadena & Mt. Wilson Railroad Co. existed from 1893 until its official abandonment in 1938, and had the distinction of being the only scenic mountain, electric traction (overhead electric trolley) railroad ever built in the United States. [1] The Mount Lowe Campground now rests on a level area where the Alpine Tavern once stood. [2]


The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. Written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White, the film is about a beautiful English tourist travelling by train in continental Europe who discovers that her elderly travelling companion seems to have disappeared from the train. After her fellow passengers deny ever having seen the elderly lady, the young woman is helped by a young musicologist, the two proceeding to search the train for clues to the old lady's disappearance. [3]


A Brief Excursion

To The Mount Lowe Railway

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Mount Lowe Railway*


Screening: Mueller Tunnel, 7p

Drinks and Camp: Alpine Tavern, 10p