Southern District

5061 Railfan Special

Posted on: August 24, 2010 by PERyHS 6 Comments
Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric streetcar no. 5061 pauses with doors open as part of a "Railfan's Special" (note the board) with the destination sign reading "Pasadena." The location has been identified as Whittier in the Southern District.

Modified based on comment

Alan Weeks Collection

Here is a contemporary view of this location:

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6 Responses

  1. David Coscia

    August 27, 2010

    This is at Whittier.

  2. Bob Davis

    August 28, 2010

    Note the use of wheel-equipped trolley poles for going where the wire greaser did not venture.

  3. wanda

    February 2, 2012

    My granddad used to take the Pacific Electric “Red Car” up to Santa Anita to watch the horse races in the 1950s. I think the fare was something like 25 cents.
    It was a great way to travel.

  4. jim

    February 4, 2012

    jimmy’s is in the first warehouse today, it was a water bed store in the 80″s

  5. Brian White

    February 5, 2012

    Used to catch the yellow J car out of Huntington Park and take it to downtown L.A. Sure brings back some memories. I don’t know why they took all the lines out, it was a good way to get around without a car. I think that we have gone backwards with all buses.

  6. Tom

    February 19, 2012

    This is looking northwest on Whittier Bl. @ Penn St. The large building in the background is still there today as King Richard’s Antique Mall. It was a citrus packing house originally.

    – Thanks, Tom – added a street view of the location, thanks to you and Jim and David! – ed.


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