Southern District

Last Car From Long Beach

Posted on: January 3, 2010 by PERyHS 6 Comments
Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Collection

Railfans crowd the viewing portholes on Metropolitan Transit Authority (ex-Pacific Electric) no. 1519 blimp on the last run from Long Beach to the Subway Terminal Building in downtown Los Angeles. Railfans Alan Weeks, Chuck Agler, and Jack Finn are visible in the porthole on the right (the left porthole on the car itself). The date is March 30, 1961.

Alan Weeks Collection

6 Responses

  1. Alan Weeks

    February 9, 2010

    I was in the car. In the right window you can see Alan Weeks, Chuck Agler, and Jack Finn.

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  2. Ken Harrison

    February 24, 2012

    Certainly NOT, long gone before the abandonment of the Long Beach line to the Subway Terminal.

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  3. George Todd

    February 25, 2012

    What Ken is meaning to say, is that regardless of the chalked destination sign on the 1519, there were no tracks between 6th and Main and the Subway terminal building in 1961. This picture had to be taken between the PE Building and the end of street running at the four tracks.

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  4. Bob Davis

    February 25, 2012

    Not only that, but I doubt that a “Blimp” would fit in the Subway Terminal tunnel. Can anyone recall a fan trip where a Blimp ran in the Western District? It would probably run OK on the Santa Monica Air Line but I’ve never seen photos or heard stories about such an operation.

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  5. Bob Watson

    May 15, 2013

    When I was 9 years old my Grandmother took my brother and I on a ride the last day of operation for the old PE cars to Long Beach. I’ll always remember the “Shredded Wheat” seats on the red cars. Also how warm it was in the car.

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    • Ralph Cantos

      May 15, 2013

      Car #1299 was about the largest car to go into the Subwat Terminal, The #1299 had special “cut down” pneumatic trolley bases,the standard bases would have been a little to tall. The largest cars to poerate on the Western Destric , were 2 1200’s used during a 1947 LATL strike on the Santa Monica Air Line. O

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