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From a 1926-vintage issue of Railway Signaling Magazine comes this reprint (courtesy Google) by Charles H. Lay, General Construction Foreman for the PE, entitled" "Pacific Electric Moves Electric Interlocking Machine 'Ensemble'". It shows the physical relocation of the interlocking machine from the old wayside tower to the steel bridge spanning the Four Tracks.

Click here to download the reprint in PDF format.

Northbound Approaching the Los Angeles River

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February 24, 1957: northbound later in the afternoon from Los Cerritos on the single track approach to the bridge of the Los Angeles River.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Northbound on Long Beach Boulevard

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February 24, 1957: on Long Beach Blvd with 5167 now the lead car on the northbound return to Los Angeles.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Fairbanks Yard

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February 24, 1957: Fairbanks Yard in Long Beach, where all significant repairs on the fleet were performed. The excursion train pulled into the yard and passengers are observing the work being done on jacked-up car no. 302. Two 5050 cars, including an unusually clean 5122 with a long-unused destination sign showing, were parked in the yard pending return to service out of Watts.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Stopped at Cerritos

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February 24, 1957: Stopped southbound at Los Cerritos — probably the most beautiful stop on the entire line, with steps up from the tracks and a driveway between the two sets of steps so autos could pick up passengers.

At the time, many bankers and other business people from the adjacent Los Cerritos neighborhood took the PE to jobs in downtown Los Angeles. Because of the heavy patronage, Los Cerritos was the first stop outbound for the 3-car Long Beach Express trains.

The photographer grew up in the neighborhood and remembers the traffic jam at this stop on weekdays when two 3-car express trains arrived not far apart, each followed minutes later by a similarly size limited train.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Seminary Bridge near Dominguez Junction

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February 24, 1957: At the seminary bridge just north of Dominguez Junction. This is a photo stop with a northbound Long Beach train passing. The bridge is long gone; the Metro Blue Line plus two freight tracks now occupy this area.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

On the Viaduct for Photos

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February 24, 1957, on viaduct at Firestone Boulevard and Park Lane, sometime after leaving the 6th and Main Street Station, conveniently stopped so photographers could get a picture.

Here's a photo of the location today with the Blue Line overpass replacing the viaduct.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

At 6th and Main

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February 24, 1957, at 6th and Main ready to depart for Long Beach, car 5166 in lead and blimp 418 on an adjacent track bound for San Pedro; a soon-to-depart train for Watts on the far right track in the image.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

5166 at the Lynwood Station

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The date is February 24, 1957, part of an excursion in the Southern District. The photo was taken at the Lynwood Station with the "PE Café" sign. Car 5166 in the lead of a 3-car train......taken soon after the previously submitted photo of the
meet at Socorro.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection

Southbound from the Operator’s View

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The date is February 24, 1957, heading southbound but taken somewhere north of Watts as we were underway and were being overtaken
by a faster blimp.

Stephen Dudley Photo, Stephen Dudley Collection