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1260 at Vermont

Posted on: November 28, 2017 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Here is another photo of Pacific Electric no. 1260 working the Santa Monica Air Line as an EXTRA. The train is west bound at Vermont Avenue.

Ralph Cantos Collection

PERHYS at 40th Annual Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena

Posted on: November 20, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Steve Crise (right) stands next to a 1960 Marketeer all-electric cart owned by local enthusiast and participant in the 40th Occasional Doo Dah Parade, Lee Johnson. Michael Patris stands next to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society's 1952 Autoette all-electric cart. Special thanks go out to MLPSI volunteer Scott Bowman for helping pull off this great event with carts from his own collection, the Lee Johnson collection and the Christian Boehr collection. Other participants who drove carts were Christian Boehr's parents, Ernie and Judy Boehr, Christian's friend Paige, Lee Johnson's wife Diane. as well as a few others. The electric carts were once sold in Pasadena and have a tremendous local history which we will be sharing soon.

Video: 8mm Film of Southern District

Posted on: November 20, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

1959 Ride on Pacific Electric/MTA Red Car "Blimp" from Margaret Ma on Vimeo.

Margaret Ma was kind enough to share with us her father's digitized 8mm films of Southern District action, likely near the end in 1961, depicting MTA blimps in action and 6th and Main Street station shots.

Fatal Accident for Pacific Electric 654 in Hollywood

Posted on: October 31, 2017 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Steve Crise Collection

Steve Crise Collection

Historic Caption: Mrs Loyce Newton, 44, was killed here today (4/10) when here car skidded on wet streetcar tracks and crashed headon into a streetcar. She was thrown from her car and under the streetcar, dying before a wrecking crew and two ambulance teams could extricate her. Workmen are shown holding a blanket over Mrs. Newton while policeman comforts her.

Research suggests that the date of this photo is April 10th, 1948, and this accident possibly took place somewhere on the Hollywood Line along Sunset Blvd. The car number is PE 654.

Steve Crise Collection

498 at West Basin

Posted on: October 27, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

By Stephen Dudley

More from the February 16, 1958 excursion using Metropolitan Coach Lines car no. 498. Here we see the 498 stopped northbound on San Pedro line's West Basin trackage.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

MCL 498 in the fog

Posted on: October 27, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

By Stephen Dudley

More from the February 16, 1958 excursion using Metropolitan Coach Lines car no. 498. Here we see the 498 stopped southbound near San Pedro before the fog had cleared.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Excursion 498 on the El Segundo Line

Posted on: October 27, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

By Stephen Dudley

More from the February 16, 1958 excursion using Metropolitan Coach Lines car no. 498. In this image, 498 is stopped on the El Segundo Line just past the Watts Car House which can be seen in the distance. Trolley wire was maintained on the southbound track to allow cars to access the car house from the south. Wire on northbound track had been removed. Once trolley poles were reversed, 498 would run north on the southbound track to re-join the southbound main. Someone had appropriately inserted
in the train number display "X-498".

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

498 Excursion with the Motorman

Posted on: October 27, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

By Stephen Dudley

An amazing, moody shot of the Metropolitan Coach Lines motorman operating ex-Pacific Electric no. 498 on the February 16, 1958 excursion. This view was taken while running southbound near Compton.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

February 16, 1958 Excursion with 498 – 2

Posted on: October 27, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

By Stephen Dudley

Here's another shot from the February 16, 1958 excursion using ex-Pacific Electric car no. 498. In this image, 498 is stopped southbound on the Bellflower Line.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

February 16, 1958 Excursion with 498

Posted on: October 27, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

By Stephen Dudley

Stopped for a photo shoot heading southbound and just north of Watts, 498 was on the local track and being passed by a Long Beach train. Note "private car" dash sign. Except for the occasional excursion, car 498 was regularly assigned to the Catalina Special train each summer and now it is in the collection at the Orange Empire Trolley Museum.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection