In this shot (by Ira Swett) we see the afternoon four-car Venice High School school train, about to use the crossover east of Centinela Avenue to run west to Venice High to pick up a load of students.
I just came across the top picture, which from it's description sounds like it was taken on Venice Between Centinela and Grandview or maybe Inglewood in the 1940's or 50's. Then I ran out to see if I could find it's present day appearance. I try to keep reminding myself change is good, or at least inevitable.
As Doris Day would say Que Serra, Serra