Eastern District

1305 in San Bernardino

Posted on: January 16, 2012 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments
Charles D. Savage Photo, Donald Duke Collection

Charles D. Savage Photo, Donald Duke Collection

Pacific Electric combine no. 1305 pauses at San Bernardino with a "Riverside" destination board in this image taken April 9, 1937.

Charles D. Savage Photo
Donald Duke Collection

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  1. Everett Neal

    October 15, 2012

    This interesting piece of equipment looks like a former PE “Medium Five” car of the 530-class that was converted to a combine. The two trolley poles suggest that this particular car was once used in the subway.

    I am aware that the PERy always numbered their equipment in the 1300’s when converted to combines. I like this #1305 combine in the b&w photo, above. I wish it were done as a brass scale model years ago (by E. Suydam & Co.).

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  2. Bob Davis

    October 15, 2012

    There was a pair of combines, 1304 and 1305, that were converted from 544 and 546 in 1934. Between the Depression and the arrival of the Hollywood cars in the 1920’s, PE had a plethora of 500-class cars to work from. Then they became nominal box motors, but were actually used in non-revenue service, finally being scrapped in 1951 and 1948. A one-third scale replica of 1304 ran in a park south of El Monte in the 1970’s, and is reportedly in storage somewhere in the San Gabriel Valley to this day.

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