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Fatal Accident for Pacific Electric 654 in Hollywood

Posted on: October 31, 2017 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

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Steve Crise Collection

Historic Caption: Mrs Loyce Newton, 44, was killed here today (4/10) when here car skidded on wet streetcar tracks and crashed headon into a streetcar. She was thrown from her car and under the streetcar, dying before a wrecking crew and two ambulance teams could extricate her. Workmen are shown holding a blanket over Mrs. Newton while policeman comforts her.

Research suggests that the date of this photo is April 10th, 1948, and this accident possibly took place somewhere on the Hollywood Line along Sunset Blvd. The car number is PE 654.

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Transit strike in Los Angeles

Posted on: October 31, 2017 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

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Steve Crise Collection

Historic Caption: Los Angeles. Day broke in Los Angeles today with the usual crowded bus stop, people waiting for streetcars and buses that were tied up in the barns and garages by the mid-night walk-out of the Los Angeles Transit Lines workers. Thousands made their way to work this morning with the aid of their thumbs and courtesy of passing motorists.

Research suggests that this photo was shot at the intersection of Adams Blvd. at West Blvd.

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May 9, 1938: J Line LARY Wreck

Posted on: October 31, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

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Steve Crise Collection

Historic Caption: Collide at Intersection - Thirty persons were injured in Los Angeles when two trolley cars crashed at a street intersection. The car at the left failed to make a boulevard stop and struck the other car.

Research suggests this accident took place on May 9, 1938 on Jefferson Blvd. at one of three possible intersections: McClintock Avenue, Maphe Avenue or San Pedro Street. The car numbers are not visible in the photo.

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The Life and Times of Pacific Electric 1260

Posted on: November 19, 2016 by Pacific Electric 8 Comments

 

Here are a collection of images of Pacific Electric no. 1260, its many adventures and even a prominent mishap, all captured by photographers back in the day.

Jack Finn Print Collection. Craig Rasmussen print. From the PERyhs.org archive.  Photographer: Unknown Location: Westbound on the Santa Monica Air Line crossing Vermont Ave. Date: 1949 Railroad: Pacific Electric Line: Air Line Car#: PE 1260  PE 1227 Notes on back of print: Santa Monica Air Line: 1260 - 1227, W.B. at Vermont Ave, 1949 LATL Strike Collection of Craig A Rasmussen  Image notes: Photo appears in Interurbans Special Western District page 53. Photo credited to Magna Collection.

Jack Finn Print Collection. Craig Rasmussen print. From the PERyhs.org archive.
Photographer: Unknown
Location: Westbound on the Santa Monica Air Line crossing Vermont Ave.
Date: 1949
Railroad: Pacific Electric
Line: Air Line
Car#: PE 1260 PE 1227
Notes on back of print: Santa Monica Air Line: 1260 - 1227, W.B. at Vermont Ave, 1949 LATL Strike
Collection of Craig A Rasmussen
Image notes: Photo appears in Interurbans Special Western District page 53. Photo credited to Magna Collection.

Image from the Jack Finn collection. Photographer: Unknown Date: Unknown Location: San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles.  Notes on back of print: PE 1260 J 734 Image Notes: Scanned from a 3 /14 x 5 3/4 inch print

Image from the Jack Finn collection.
Photographer: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Location: San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Notes on back of print: PE 1260 J 734
Image Notes: Scanned from a 3 /14 x 5 3/4 inch print

Steve Crise Archive - Acme Photo - Photographer unknown Photographer:  Acme Photo - Photographer unknown Location: San Pedro Street south of 6th Street, Los Angeles, California Date: November 28, 1943 Railroad: Pacific Electric Locomotive: PE 1260 Notes on back of 8x10 print: LA 23697  (Los Angeles Bureau) TWENTY-TWO ESCAPE INJURY - LOS ANGELES - Twenty-two passengers of this Pacific Electric car miraculously escaped without even a scratch when it jumped the tracks and overtuned. Faulty brakes were believed to have been the cause of the accident. Bureaus Coast CREDIT LINE (ACME) 11-28-43  From Acme Newspictures, Inc Los Angeles Bureau, 1257 So. Los Angeles Street. Please credit Acme Photo. This picture is sold to you for your publication only and must not be loaned syndicated or used for advertising purposes without written permission from Acme.  Purchased from Historic Images  6073 Mt. Moriah Ext Memphis TN 38115 historicimages.com ney01237  October 2016

Steve Crise Archive - Acme Photo - Photographer unknown
Photographer: Acme Photo - Photographer unknown
Location: San Pedro Street south of 6th Street, Los Angeles, California
Date: November 28, 1943
Railroad: Pacific Electric
Locomotive: PE 1260
Notes on back of 8x10 print: LA 23697 (Los Angeles Bureau) TWENTY-TWO ESCAPE INJURY - LOS ANGELES - Twenty-two passengers of this Pacific Electric car miraculously escaped without even a scratch when it jumped the tracks and overtuned. Faulty brakes were believed to have been the cause of the accident. Bureaus Coast CREDIT LINE (ACME) 11-28-43 From Acme Newspictures, Inc Los Angeles Bureau, 1257 So. Los Angeles Street. Please credit Acme Photo. This picture is sold to you for your publication only and must not be loaned syndicated or used for advertising purposes without written permission from Acme.
Purchased from Historic Images
6073 Mt. Moriah Ext
Memphis TN 38115
historicimages.com ney01237 October 2016

Robert X Loewing photo, Craig Rasmussen collection. Steve Crise Archive Photographer: Robert X Lowing Date: April 1949  Railroad: Pacific Electric Railray Car#: PE 1260 Location: Sentous Yard, La Cienega Blvd at Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, California. Present day location of the La Cienega Expo Line station.  Notes on back of 8 x 10 print: 1260 -1227 W.B. on Santa Monica Air Line at Sentous; 1949 (LATL Strike) Rob't X. Loewing Photo. Image notes: Photo taken during the 1949 Los Angeles Transit Lines strike. This explains the use of the 1200's on the Air Line.

Robert X Loewing photo, Craig Rasmussen collection. Steve Crise Archive
Photographer: Robert X Lowing
Date: April 1949
Railroad: Pacific Electric Railray
Car#: PE 1260
Location: Sentous Yard, La Cienega Blvd at Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, California. Present day location of the La Cienega Expo Line station.
Notes on back of 8 x 10 print: 1260 -1227 W.B. on Santa Monica Air Line at Sentous; 1949 (LATL Strike) Rob't X. Loewing Photo.
Image notes: Photo taken during the 1949 Los Angeles Transit Lines strike. This explains the use of the 1200's on the Air Line.

1538 on East Olympic Boulevard at Ceres Avenue

Posted on: September 8, 2016 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

Photographer unknown, Steve Crise Collection

Photographer unknown, Steve Crise Collection

Los Angeles MTA blimp no. 1538 is photographed heading eastbound on East Olympic Boulevard at Ceres Avenue in February of 1961. Dash signs reads Long Beach, with connections for Wilmington San Pedro.

Photographer unknown, Steve Crise Collection

3137 on Broadway at 7th Street

Posted on: September 8, 2016 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Photographer unknown, Steve Crise Collection

Photographer unknown, Steve Crise Collection

Los Angeles MTA PCC no. 3137 rolls southbound on Broadway at 7th Street on the P Line. The date is February 1961. MTA bus no. 69143 follows closely behind.

Photographer unknown, Steve Crise Collection

 

Fred Victor DuBritz Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Fred Victor DuBritz Photo, Steve Crise Collection

By Ralph Cantos

The last day of regular service was a very sad day for me. For several months I had been getting petitions signed by rail passengers to prevent abandonment — petitions given to me by the City Of Long Beach on actual city letterhead. In all, about 8000 passengers signed the petitions. I, along with Long Beach city officials, went to court in an effort to save the rail service. The court ordered the Southern Pacific to make the right-of-way available to the LAMTA, but the LAMTA was not interested in continuing the rail service for many reasons. I really thought we would win the fight to save the rail service. Twice while I was petitioning aboard the cars, MTA Special Agents put me off the train, telling me that I was not allowed to petition on State Property.. The second time they threw me off the train late at night at Dominguez Junction. I was pissed. I had to walk a mile to find a pay phone and call my dad to come and get me. I got an ear full from him. All this work was for nothing. I was 18 years old at the time and on the very last run as we pulled into Long Beach at dawn, the track was lined with red flares in the dawn mist. I broke down and cried like a baby. I will NEVER FORGET THAT LAST RUN.

Fred Victor DuBritz Photo, Steve Crise Collection

3004 and 3059 on the P Line

Posted on: June 9, 2016 by Pacific Electric 12 Comments

 

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Steve Crise Collection

This fascinating image from an unknown photographer is dated June 10, 1939 - nearly 77 years ago to the day! - but we are unsure of the exact location. The banner reading "Tony Sein" also indicates it denotes a Spanish-language radio station, and our guess is this is Hill Street downtown. Can you help? Please leave your thoughts in the comments, and when we receive a consensus, we'll modify this content.

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UPDATE: From Ralph Cantos:

Re: the photo of 3004... Paul Kakaza is correct. the photo of the 3004 is at First & Main Sts. The PE cars operated on First St for just one block between Main and Los Angeles Sts. The PE tracks on San Pedro St crossed the P line tracks at First & San Pedro, but there was no turn outs. The PE cars turned north off of First St to Aliso St and the east. The tracks on San Pedro joined the PE tracks at Aliso St. and then headed over the LA River and on to the Northern District lines.. Sorry for the bad info. One last note. just about every building in that photo along east First St as far as the eye can see, are now gone. - Ralph

Thanks to all who have commented and nailed this location instantly! You are why we do this site!

Pacific Electric 5028 at Hawthorne

Posted on: September 26, 2015 by Pacific Electric 8 Comments

 

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Pacific Electric PCC no. 5028, obviously shot on a fan trip, but which one? It's captured at the Hawthorne Pacific Electric station in Hawthorne, California. The image is circa 1950.

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

PE 1216 – Possible Fan Trip?

Posted on: September 26, 2015 by Pacific Electric 4 Comments

 

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection

Pacific Electric no. 1216.

Image Notes from Steve: Although an undated and unknown location, research suggests that this could be Railroad Boosters fan trip #39, "Orange Empire Trolley Trip" that visited San Bernardino, Redlands, Arrowhead Springs and Riverside on July 15th, 1941. The question remains which of those locations are featured in this image? Business that appear in the background are W.R Cullen Pet Shop, Juaerz Sasteria, and a Rialto Theater. I'm betting its San Bernardino, but do not know the street location.

Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection