Southern District

309 at the Tower

Posted on: March 1, 2011 by PERyHS 3 Comments
Bill Whyte Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Bill Whyte Photo, Steve Crise Collection

 
Metropolitan Coach Lines (ex-Pacific Electric) blimp interurban no. 309 passes Slauson Tower in this Southern District action shot also appreciated by a group of young fans.
 
Modified based on comment
 
Bill Whyte Photo, Steve Crise Collection

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  1. George Todd

    March 2, 2011

    The blimp is Northbound at Slauson Tower, note the ATSF Harbor Branch track in the foreground, and the tracks diverging East to Whittier/Yorba Linda. The inbound track is under the car.

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  2. Bob Davis

    March 3, 2011

    Please change the heading to agree with the car: It’s 309, one of the ex-NWP third-rail cars. Some years after the demise of the Long Beach Line, “409” would become the title of a Beach Boys song, relating to a high-performance hot-rod engine. PE 409 is long gone, but I have a photo of Portland Tri-Mex MAX 409 which I forwarded to a Beach Boys fan.

    – thanks, bob! – Ed.

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  3. Fred M Pohl

    March 13, 2011

    I can almost hear those high pitched Air Whistles Apporaching the grade crossings That must have been awesome

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