Northern District

1102 to Pasadena

Posted on: December 14, 2009 by PERyHS 4 Comments
Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Pacific Electric interurbans (lead by no. 1102) head north toward Pasadena via Oak Knoll at Sierra Vista Junction.

Jack Finn Collection

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  1. Steve Crise

    January 5, 2010

    I think this is Sierra Vista Junction. The tracks that the photographer is standing on lead off to Main Street in Alhambra and then continue on to Temple City.

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  2. Donald Duke

    January 5, 2010

    Yes, this was shot at Sierra Vista Station, looking to the southwest. Monterey Hill is on the right in the background. This property was a BMW dealership for some time and is now a vacant building which will reportedly be used as a bodyshop.

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  3. Everett Neal

    November 5, 2012

    In this amazing shot, I see the two-car train set is led by #1002 – not by #1102 as stated in the caption.

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  4. Bob Davis

    November 5, 2012

    Note that the Oak Knoll train is on the outer track–OK trains did local service between Sierra Vista and El Molino. Most service to Pasadena was done with 1100-class cars, but Tens and Twelves were occasionaly seen on Oak Knoll. Also, by the time this photo was taken, the Alhambra-San Gabriel-Temple City line was long gone. Track was kept in place for freight service to Palm Ave., and the wire extended toward Alhambra only as far as the Sierra Vista layover area. One co-worker told me how the bad boys would grease the track so a Sierra Vista train would go sliding out from under the wire. If the motorman got the car stopped in time, he could just wait for the next local to pull the car out of the “dead zone”, but if it went far enough, an SP switcher would have to come up from LA to retrieve the car.

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