1299 at Motor Avenue

Alan Weeks Photo-Collection

Alan Weeks Photo-Collection

Pacific Electric interurban no. 1299 passes over the viaduct at Motor Avenue on the Santa Monica Air Line in the Western Division. The image is dated September 27, 1953.

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  • Steve Crise
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    Was this an excursion trip? There seems to be a person on the east side of the bridge taking a picture and this would have been an unusual car for the Air Line.

  • Mike Marincovich
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    This Photo view is looking north. The bridge in this photo was eventually replaced with an all metal bridge when Motor Ave was widen in this area. This view was taken just north of Irene Street. The right of way to the east of the bridge is now a long narrow parking lot, to the right there is still track visible. The 10 freeway overpass is now just beyond the rail bridge.

  • George Todd
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    To answer Steve’s question a year and a half later, Yes.
    Note the white flags displayed at the top front of the car, which indicated an “Extra” (non-timetable scheduled) train.
    The 1299 was the president’s inspection car, so he probably wanted to get out of the office for the day. There aren’t enough people on board to justify a chartered fan trip.

  • Steve Crise
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    George, getting back to you four years later, my guess is that this was indeed a fan trip. All the fans are out if the car taking pictures of the 1299 on the bridge. We have another shot if 1299 on Exposition Blvd near USC, shot by Don Duke. It must have been from the same fan trip.

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