Western District

954 in Venice

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

Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric interurbans (led by no. 954) pull into Venice as part of Short Line service on the Western District. The date is April 5, 1945.

Charles Savage photo
Donald Duke Collection

6 Responses

  1. Donald Duke

    January 8, 2010

    This is a Charles Savage photograph from the Donald Duke Collection. This is eastbound on a private right of way, just east of Pacific Avenue, crossing over Grand Canal. This viaduct is still here.

    • Stacey Teruya

      January 14, 2012

      I think Donald is correct with one exception. The train is heading west. The embankment on the left still exists. Also, we would see Pacific Ave in the background instead of what is clearly (South) Venice Boulevard heading east.

  2. George Todd

    January 15, 2012

    The only problem with calling the train’s direction Westbound, is the shadows. The sun is shining way under the bridge, which it can’t do from the North. The pole which is almost even with the front of the second car is casting its shadow way back on the car, which means this picture was taken about 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning. For the train to be going Westbound, the picture would have to be taken from the parking lot, into the sun.

  3. Stacey Teruya

    July 10, 2012

    I live across the street from the bridge. There is an historic apartment building (“La Faz,” I think 19th cent) where you see the relatively modern mansard roof home in the background, if the train were heading east. That home no longer exists, BTW. Forensically, I can also say the knoll on the left still exists, with its utility pole felled, and that the difference in appearance between the north and south sides of the structure is subtle, but unmistakable. Most importantly, don’t forget that South Venice is about eight feet from the structure, making this “eastbound” shot impossible.

  4. Everett Neal

    September 22, 2012

    I’m sure glad to have one of these beauties in my scale model collection.

  5. Bob Davis

    September 23, 2012

    PE 993 (the body, at least) is preserved at Orange Empire and is stored indoors. As I recall, it’s resting on ex-Chicago Transit trucks. It was part of the Richard Fellows collection.


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