Eastern District

1299 On Inspection Tour

Posted on: May 6, 2016 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

By Charles Wherry

From the Charles Wherry Collection and William Wherry photographic archive comes more photos from Pacific Electric on tour over the Southern Pacific Covina Branch, being pulled by Southern Pacific steam locomotive 2701.

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

“Looking west at P.E. and S.P. Junction at Lone Hill, Calif. 1299 and 2701, 8-23-46. Road Foreman of Engines W.O. Baker just stepped off engine to replace staff in staff machine (booth behind pole). Before electrification of S.P. line”.

Both Pacific Electric and Southern Pacific utilized a staff machine system to authorize train movements on their respective lines. SP’s system began at Baldwin Park with a machine at the PE crossing. Additional machines were at Irwindale, Covina (East Switch), Lone Hill, (Junction Switch), San Dimas station, La Verne Jct. switch and Ganesha Jct.
PE’s staff system began at Monte Vista .058 miles east of P.E. Covina utilizing the same machines at Lone Hill, San Dimas, La Verne and North Pomona.

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

“Looking east at Lone Hill. Engine is pulling 1299 under trolley wire before uncoupling. Track to right of 1299 is connection between P.E. Covina line and S.P. line. Track behind 1299 is P.E. line to San Dimas P.E. line.” (Conductor Brocato is visible in the end door of 1299 trying to place trolley pole on wire).

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

“Lone Hill, Calif. Cond. Brocato and M/M A.A. Johnston after 2701 had uncoupled and was getting in the clear to permit 1299 to continue on to San B’dno”. (Conductor Brocato was still working into the 1970’s.)

William Wherry Photos, Charles Wherry Collection

1299 Inspection Tour in Covina

Posted on: April 16, 2016 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

This second photo of the series (original here) shows Southern Pacific no. 2701 and Pacific Electric no. 1299 at the Southern Pacific depot in Covina on August 23, 1946. I don’t know if the special stopped on this occasion. My dad was working during this time as a PE train dispatcher and presumably had advance information of the train’s itinerary. His note on the back of the contact print says: “S.P. station at Covina, Cal. Aug. 23rd 1946 before electrification. SP2701 and PE1299 inspection trip. Engr. W.H.Owen, Mtrm. A.A. Johnston, Condr. A.H. Brocato.”

The advance station sign reads: “Azusa Ave One Mile”.

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

Harlan Hiney Illustration: 1208 in Covina

Posted on: April 11, 2016 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Guy Krivanek Collection

Guy Krivanek Collection

An original Harlan Hiney pencil drawing of Pacific Electric no. 1208 at the Covina station. Undated. From the Guy Krivanek Collection.

Guy Krivanek Collection

1299 on the SP’s Covina Branch

Posted on: April 6, 2016 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

William Wherry Photograph, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photograph, Charles Wherry Collection

On August 23, 1946, Southern Pacific 2-8-0 no. 2701 is preparing to depart Baldwin Park eastward over the SP’s Covina Branch with Pacific Electric office car no. 1299 in tow. The PE would purchase that portion of SP’s branch between Bassett, on the Sunset Route main track, and Ganesha Junction, a short distance from Pomona, on September 1, 1946 a mere 9 days later.

This trip was one that PE officials made over the line to see firsthand what their $400,000 investment looked like. The SP’s trackage between the Reliance Rock Spur, just east of Baldwin Park and Lone Hill was not electrified at this time. That would come in the next two months as PE sought a route that avoided increasing automobile congestion on their original line along Badillo Street in Covina.

Here we see some last-minute mechanical goings-on beneath 1299 as overseen by Road Foreman of Engines Baker. Engineer W.H. (Windy) Owen is keeping an eye on things while the fireman has a last look around.

William Wherry Photograph, Charles Wherry Collection

1322 on the Azusa Branch

Posted on: March 29, 2016 by Pacific Electric 4 Comments

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

On September 30, 1951 Pacific Electric ran their last interurban train to Glendora, CA. The following month PE began to remove their famous right of way, beginning at Oneonta Park, Huntington Dr. and Fair Oaks in So. Pasadena) to Myrtle Ave. in Monrovia, west of Glendora. In order for PE to reach their remaining freight customers between Arcadia and Glendora including the non-electrified Day & Night spur which PE had taken over from SP in 1942, it was necessary to build a new piece of railroad, 2.82 miles in length, costing $436,000. The new freight line, called the Azusa Branch, was built from the Crushton spur’s north end to a connection with the Glendora line at Rivas Jct. just west of Azusa, crossing the Santa Fe at Kincaid en route. The first train over the new line ran on September 17, 1951.

The following Sunday, September 23, we find engine 1322 and caboose moving eastward after crossing the ATSF, (see the distant signal leading to the Automatic Interlocking behind the caboose) and dipping under Foothill Blvd. overpass en route to Rivas Jct. Notice the two trainmen ‘decorating’ the rear steps of 1322?

No, they’re not mad at the motorman. You see, they have made room in the cab for some visitors. This day my brother and I are occupying the left-side seat box on one of the first trips over the branch courtesy some of my dad's working buddies. Tomorrow would be my 7th birthday and there would be plenty of time for cake and ice cream, but today is reserved for some railroading, PE style.

Who would have dreamed that 11 years and a week later I would be making my fireman seniority ‘date’ aboard one of 1322’s brothers, (1401) at the lower end of the ‘C’ Yard in SP’s Taylor yard at Los Angeles?

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

PE 1216 – Possible Fan Trip?

Posted on: September 26, 2015 by Pacific Electric 4 Comments

 

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Pacific Electric no. 1216.

Image Notes from Steve: Although an undated and unknown location, research suggests that this could be Railroad Boosters fan trip #39, "Orange Empire Trolley Trip" that visited San Bernardino, Redlands, Arrowhead Springs and Riverside on July 15th, 1941. The question remains which of those locations are featured in this image? Business that appear in the background are W.R Cullen Pet Shop, Juaerz Sasteria, and a Rialto Theater. I'm betting its San Bernardino, but do not know the street location.

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Southern Pacific 4614 on Sierra Way

Posted on: August 15, 2015 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

A portion of the Highland - Patton line remained in service during the 1960s.

The line operated over private right-of-way between Rialto Avenue and Sierra Way. The right-of-way cut diagonally across the blocks.

Upon reaching Sierra Way, the line went north in the center of the street. Here, the 4614 has picked up some boxcars at the team track and is proceeding south on Sierra Way.

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

Pacific Electric 110 – Bound for Arlington?

Posted on: August 15, 2015 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Unknown Photographer, Robert Gaddie Collection

Unknown Photographer, Robert Gaddie Collection

It's an unknown date as Pacific Electric no. 110 has its destination sign rolled up to Arlington.

However, we believe this photo was taken at 34th and Mountain View in San Bernardino; we know of no place on the Arlington line where mountains such as these would be in the background.

Additionally this photo is very similar to one appearing in Interurbans, Lines of The Eastern District by Ira Swett (published December 1954, page 27).

If this is 34th and Mountain View, this car is working the North D Street - Colton line.

Unknown Photographer, Robert Gaddie Collection

Southern Pacific 4614 in San Bernardino

Posted on: August 15, 2015 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

The date is July 11, 1965. Southern Pacific diesel locomotive no. 4614 works some street trackage in San Bernardino.

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

San Bernardino Freight Office

Posted on: August 15, 2015 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection

In the 1960s this dilapidated building at 137 South F Street, San Bernardino, was Pacific Electric's Eastern District operations center. Behind the building was the north throat of the San Bernardino yard. The yard can be seen on the right. This view looks southeast. The negative has been mislaid. The date of the image is December 28, 1961.

Robert Gaddie Photo, Robert Gaddie Collection