Eastern District

1653 on Arrowhead Water Duty

Posted on: April 28, 2015 by Pacific Electric 6 Comments
Paul Koehler Collection

Paul Koehler Collection

Pacific Electric freight locomotive no. 1653 pauses at Highland as Arrowhead Water Company tank cars are filled at the source, prior to the long journey back to the bottling facility in Los Angeles. An undated photo.

Paul Koehler Collection

6 Responses

  1. Eriks Garsvo

    April 28, 2015

    what a great shot with the snow on the ground as well.

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  2. Terry Salmans

    April 28, 2015

    I wonder if this picture was taken in Jan. 1949. That year an unusal cold front moved through Southern California leaving the Los Angeles Basin under a blanket of snow. The 1653 was a General Electric 44 Ton diesel electric locomotive. The trolley pole was used to actuate crossing signals when the locomotive was under trolley wire. Due to heavy grades on the line to Arrowhead Springs the locomotive was operated on the downhill side of the train to prevent runaways.

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  3. Terry Hamilton

    April 29, 2015

    Last time I went up that road, there was still a place for Arrowhead trucks to fill up.

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  4. Erik Novoa

    April 29, 2015

    Anybody have any clue what the story behind those hatch covers on top of the hoods on these locomotives? At first glance the look like vent hatches to keep the engines cool and breathing.

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  5. Al Donnelly

    May 9, 2015

    This was snow territory. Maybe these hatches were deflectors for winter? As to trucks filling up in later years, I recall a very rusty looking pipe sticking out of the hills, presumably at this location. Hope the Arrowhead Puritas people had a good filtering system at the bottling plant! Where are all those old dispensers we knew so well?

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  6. Al Donnelly

    January 10, 2018

    A link to an older modeler’s discussion of proto-types that includes PE 1650’s (GE 44-ton) [links made for research only, never to promote anything]: http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/13/t/143731.aspx

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