Charles Wherry Collection

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

It’s apparent that SP still enjoyed a considerable citrus traffic at Covina. In the distance, about 10-15 cars ahead of the engine, on the north side of the track can be seen the standpipe use for watering steam locomotives. Covina lay at the bottom of a grade that extended to San Dimas and La Verne and PE issued special instructions to address operations using retaining valves as well as maximum speed.

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Southern Pacific 1740 Preparing to Depart SP Covina Depot

Posted on: August 2, 2017 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

This photo was taken sometime in August to October, 1946 while on an inspection trip ordered by Pacific Electric management to view the trackage of Southern Pacific’s Covina Branch which PE was about to purchase. With all the dignitaries aboard, a road foreman or trainmaster is about to swing up the ladder and into the cab. Note he has the staff in his left hand authorizing occupancy of the main track between Irwindale and Covina. Upon arrival at the east switch of the siding the train will stop while this staff is replaced in the machine adjacent to the switch and another one authorizing movement to Lone Hill is obtained. The SP had installed their staff system many years prior on the Covina Branch and by 1946 it extended between Baldwin Park and Ganesha Jct. The inherent delays to stop and obtain staff authority caused much irritation to passengers as well as freight crews. Adding to the delay, PE installed their own staff system to protect movements on their single track line east of Monte Vista, (.58 miles east of the Covina station), to the connection with the SP at Lone Hill. The purchase of SP’s track between Bassett and Ganesha Jct. meant the ultimate abandonment of PE’s trackage between Baldwin Park and Lone Hill and to the citizens of Covina brought long sought relief from the presence of freight trains on Badillo St. through downtown Covina along with all traces of both SP and PE’s antiquated staff machine operations.

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Pacific Electric 1299 at Southern Pacific’s Covina Station

Posted on: August 2, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

The motorman for the day is seen at the controls of the 1299 at SP Covina prior to installation of trolley overhead. Photo taken sometime between August and October, 1946.

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

Southern Pacific 1740 and PE 1299 at Lone Hill

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

Southern Pacific 1740 has stopped at the Pacific Electric’s Staff System bungalow at Lone Hill while the conductor, just visible at the right of the bungalow, is obtaining further staff authority to proceed. Some onboard officials are taking this opportunity to look at the coupling between the tender and the 1299. Photo taken sometime between August to October 1946.

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1299 and the Pacific Electric Brass

Posted on: July 22, 2017 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

Here the full full weight of Pacific Electric upper management is on display. The occasion is an inspection trip over Southern Pacific’s Covina branch sometime between August and October, 1946 to view the property prior to installation of additional overhead trolley wire between the end of existing wire around Irwindale to Lone Hill. At the distant left, with both hands in his pockets and toes nearest the rails of the siding looking directly at the camera is President Smith. At 9th from the right is General Superintendent Squires. All of the other men in this photo I’m certain are heads or directors of various departments such as roadway maintenance, motive power, electrical facilities, accounting and such. The only other identifiable person here is either the road foreman of engines or a trainmaster, third from the right. In the gentleman’s left hand he holds the staff which allowed the train to proceed from Irwindale, behind the train, up to the switch at the east end of the siding here at Covina. Like all junior officials he wants nothing to go amiss on his watch so has taken personal custody of the staff lest the engineer forget the limits of this very special train’s authority. This photo was taken between August and October 1946.

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1299 and Southern Pacific 1740 at Covina

Posted on: July 22, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

Here is Southern Pacific no. 1740 with Pacific Electric’s no. 1299 in tow pausing at the SP Covina station while the top brass inspect the facilities inside the depot. The occasion is an inspection trip sometime between August and October 1946 by PE’s management in conjunction with the purchase of SP’s Covina Branch which was consummated on September 1, 1946.

The Motorman is in full uniform as well as the officials wearing their full business suits and hats. Even the engineer is outfitted with his starched cap which he has removed in an effort to cool off while awaiting a ‘highball’ to proceed.

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The Final Pacific Electric Timetable?

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

This Pacific Electric public timetable on thick card stock suitable for tacking to wood poles went into effect on August 31, 1953. A mere 31 days later, PE’s passenger operation was turned over to Metropolitan Coach Lines. This timetable covered rail service from Long Beach to Los Angeles and motor coach service from Long Beach to various destinations including San Pedro, Compton, Huntington Park, Pasadena, Santa Ana and Redlands.

It is likely that this edition was probably the last issue prior to the sale date of October 1, 1953. Long-time Pacific Electric Passenger Traffic Manager H.O. Marler’s name appears at the bottom right. I wonder if Mr. Marler chose to follow the passenger business with MCL or did he complete his career in some other capacity with PE?

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Mystery / Political “Bus Transfer”

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

 Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

 Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

In going through some of my father's collection, I found this interesting "bus transfer" and thought it should see the light of day.

Here are two (front and back) scans of what appear to be an effort to defeat ballot proposition No. 1 on the December 12, 1940, election in Los Angeles. Although there is no specific mention of Los Angeles, or the year, the fact that the 1940 UCLA football schedule is printed on the face leads me to this conclusion.

It is in a transfer format similar to that used by the Pacific Electric and I believe other transit companies of the time.

It was printed for a group calling themselves ‘Citizens Committee against “Phoney” Legislation”. The oversize dimension of 12” X 4 1/4” was apparently meant to emphasize this group’s alarm over what they believed was an effort by bus companies, (no mention of which company(ies), to create a ..."universal" transfer system in Los Angeles. There is an allusion ..."three bright boys"... and some names, possibly corrupted, of ...."Quinsy, Kreaking, Dilly"... .

What the results of the election were, if in fact there was an election, remain a mystery to me. Hopefully there are others that that can fill in the gaps.

Charles Wherry Collection

Los Angeles Railway 1941 Passes

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

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Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

Here are two weekly passes issued by Los Angeles Railway in 1941. The $1.25 price seems quite a bargain especially when reading the fine print which allowed two children under 12 to ride along with the bearer on Sundays and holidays which included Armistice Day, now called Veterans Day.

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Pacific Electric Restaurant Menu

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

Here is another menu from Pacific Electric’s 6th & Main Street restaurant.

The same photo as on the breakfast menu returns, this time in red tint. PE might have made the color choice as a help
for the wait staff to readily pick the correct menu given the time of day. This offering included a dinner selection as well
as a few breakfast items a la carte. My guess is this red cover edition sufficed for lunch and dinner. Quite a selection for
what was essentially a lunch counter operation.

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection