739 to Monrovia

Alan Weeks Photo, Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Photo, Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric car no. 739 leaves the viaduct incline at the foot of the 6th and Main Street Station, turning onto San Pedro Street for the run to Monrovia in this image dated August 4, 1951. Note the early “California-lifestyle” advertisement for Lucky Lager.

Alan Weeks Photo
Alan Weeks Collection

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  • Bob Davis
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    Note the billboard to the left of the car advertising Lucky Lager beer. A few years before this (around 1949) Lucky Brewing built a new brewery in Azusa which was served by PE. I would see the afternoon “gravel train” going by my house with a case or two of “Lucky” on the walkway of the (usually Baldwin) diesel switcher. Years later, PE trainman explained that these were “short fills” that couldn’t be sold, so they’d be given to the train crews as a “tip” for faithful attention to their switching duties at the plant. Even after Miller Brewing bought the plant in the 1970’s, it still had rail service from what was left of the Monrovia-Glendora Line.

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