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Monograph #7: Walter Abbenseth: Remembrances of the Pacific Electric, Volume 1

Posted on: December 10, 2009 by PERyHS 4 Comments
Monograph #7: Walter Abbenseth: Remembrances of the Pacific Electric, Volume 1

Monograph #7: Walter Abbenseth: Remembrances of the Pacific Electric, Volume 1

A former employee of the Pacific Electric Railway, the late Walter Abbenseth was also well known to the Southern California rail fan community both for his efforts to save and preserve P. E. equipment and his generosity in sharing his extensive collection of photographs, slides, movies and videos. (Which now reside at the Orange Empire Railway Museum) This monograph covers his experiences and observations of the P. E. while growing up in Echo Park and South Central districts of Los Angeles, his employment by the P. E., and rail fan activities. The span of this monograph is roughly from the late Great Depression years to 1965. 60 pages, 52 photographs, Echo Park Avenue Line map, and index.

Oral History Series #5

4 Responses

  1. Everett

    June 21, 2014

    It is unfortunate that I will never get the chance to meet Walter Abbenseth. But, I will be forever grateful to him for saving and preserving some P. E. equipment from the scrapper’s torch – including the first car he saved, car 1001. Thanks to Mr. Abbenseth, the P. E. equipment he saved and preserved currently reside at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Someday, I may get to visit the OERM and see the equipment, including my favorite, car 1001.

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  2. Cathryn

    August 7, 2014

    Is there an electronic copy of this monograph available?

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    • Pacific Electric

      August 7, 2014

      Not at this time, Cathryn.

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  3. Gary Starre

    August 10, 2014

    For the last ten years of Walter’s life, from 1996 to 2006, I had the pleasure of driving him to and from OERM each weekend. It was such a treasure to hear all of his stories firsthand. In January 2006, with his illness severely debilitating him, I remember him sitting in PE 314, with the air compressor idling, eyes closed, and a peaceful expression on his face as his memories took him back to days of some long ago high speed run.

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