Western District

1299 Excursion on Exposition

Posted on: August 25, 2010 by PERyHS 3 Comments
Alan Weeks Photo, Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Photo, Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric business car no. 1299 rolls past the clocktower at the University of Southern California on Exposition Blvd. in this image dated September 27, 1953. Commenter indicates this car may never have been sold to Metropolitan Coach Lines and thus remained Pacific Electric property until a later date.
Modified based on comment
Alan Weeks Photo, Alan Weeks Collection

3 Responses

  1. Gary Starre

    August 30, 2010

    I believe that PE 1299 never became an MCL car. It was one of the few cars, if not the only, car that PE retained until its retirement and sale to private individuals around 1959.

  2. Bob Davis

    August 31, 2010

    I have a home movie of 1299 going through Arcadia on the former SP Duarte Branch, which was never electrified, and which out-lived the PE main line in that area. It was propelled by an SP 4600-class diesel switcher. This would have been around 1957, because as I recall, my parents bought their 8 mm movie camera in 1957.

  3. Dave Lessig

    September 11, 2010

    PERy 1299 was the P.E.’s last official car, retired in 1958 and sold to Walter Abbenseth and Norman Newcomb. It was displayed at the fairgrounds in Pomona until after Norman’s death when it was moved to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris in 1998. It is currently operational as a trailer, much as it was during those times without overhead wire. The motors remain, but await restoration.


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