Norm Suydam Collection

730 at Hill and Venice

Posted on: February 23, 2013 by Pacific Electric 9 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric car no. 730 rounds the corner at Hill and Venice in this undated photo by Robert T. McVay.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

1627 at Lone Hill

Posted on: February 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric freight locomotive no. 1627 and its crew member are photographed by Robert T. McVay at Lone Hill, one mile west of San Dimas, on the San Bernardino Line. This image is believed to be from a fan trip whose participants must have stumbled upon a switching move during the event. The image is undated.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

1217 in Colton

Posted on: February 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric no. 1217 and two other cars are captured standing at the Colton Southern Pacific station looking northeast. This image was shot by Robert T. McVay through the window of a Southern Pacific steam locomotive. Other slides from this series suggest the view is through the fireman's window of a 5000-series three-cylinder steam locomotive. Interesting to note that the Sunkist packing house in the background was demolished to make way for Interstate 10. Southern Pacific's Colton Station stood for many years after this photo was taken, and was demolished in 2012 to make way for the Union Pacific's Colton Flyover project that crosses over the BNSF and UP main lines just west of this very spot.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric and Greyhound

Posted on: February 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 4 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric car (possibly no. 1120) rolls through the 6th & Los Angeles Street intersection that plays host to a classic Greyhound Bus Station (northeast corner of 6th and Los Angeles) in this undated Robert T. McVay photo.

Update from Ralph Cantos:

This photo was taken from the north side of the 6th & Main elevated platform looking down on 6th Street as Pasadena bound car #1120 heads west to Main St. Greyhound moved out of this building when the big combined RTD / Greyhound Bus Terminal was built on the foot print of the PE 6th & Main elevated platforms. Years later, Greyhound pulled out of the Terminal and moved to 7th & Alameda Streets where they remain today. As for RTD city bus passengers, they were told to "take a hike" and be sure to bring an umbrella and a windbreaker coat , in other words, "go to Hell" Inside the Terminal, there were many shops and small business.. The business people lost their shorts when the RTD and Greyhound abandoned them...

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

1036 Fan Trip at Venice and Berendo

Posted on: February 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 8 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric no. 1036 is on a fan trip (possibly on February 12, 1950, but this image is undated), and is running on the Venice Short Line. This image was captured at Venice Boulevard and Berendo Street.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

1036 and 662 at Barham

Posted on: February 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Photographer Robert T McVay captured a fan trip with Pacific Electric no. 1036 on March 23, 1947, at this stop at Barham Boulevard at the Hollywood Freeway. Pacific Electric no. 662 seems to be on regular service and is just passing through the scene.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

618 on South Main near 7th Street

Posted on: February 13, 2013 by Pacific Electric 7 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric no. 618 and another car are captured by Robert T. McVay on South Main Street near 7th Street. Note the Santa Fe advertisement behind the the car on the left. The image is undated.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Sunset Boulevard Shoo-Fly

Posted on: December 12, 2012 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

A shoo-fly is being built on Sunset Boulevard in preparation for a bridge to be built to enable the 110 Freeway to connect with the Pasadena Freeway. A Pacific Electric 100-Class car (most likely an Echo Park car) can been seen heading westbound on Sunset with a Hollywood car following a half-block behind.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

From Norm Suydam, image and collection owner, on this image:

This is Sunset Blvd just north of downtown looking towards Union Station as can be referenced by the large natural gas storage tanks in the distance. The closest car here is a double-truck Birney probably on the Echo Park Line and a Hollywood car is seen in the distance. I believe that this location is where they are building the Pasadena Freeway just north of the 4-level interchange. The freeway will pass under Sunset so there is a wide detour for Sunset Blvd's autos and the PE to allow for the construction of a bridge. Once complete, the cars and PE will return to the original alignment of Sunset Blvd. A historical aerial photo of LA in 1948 shows this bridge completed but the freeway still under construction so I guess this photo was taken in 1947 or early '48.

1243 at Etiwanda

Posted on: December 12, 2012 by Pacific Electric 6 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

It's October 1950 and Pacific Electric no. 1243 is stopped at the Etiwanda Station as part of a railfan trip.

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

RPO 1401

Posted on: December 6, 2012 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

Pacific Electric Railway Post Office no. 1401 poses with operators and fans (identified as Dick Burns and Jack Ferrier) at the Macy Street Yard some time in the late 1940s.

Modified based on comment

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