Pacific Electric 5160 at Park Junction

Above: Pacific Electric 5160 at Glendale and Park. Rod Crossley Photo, Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society Collection / MLPSI Collection.

By Steve Crise and Michael Patris

Looking south on Glendale Boulevard, PE 5160 stops at a traffic light at Park Avenue adjacent to Echo Park. In fact you can see a bit of the park on the left side of the frame.

Moments earlier this car departed the Subway Terminal tunnel and made her way northward up Glendale Boulevard to what was then known as Park Junction, located at Park Avenue and Glendale Boulevard. At this point the car would take the diverging rails to the left from the Glendale – Burbank Line and continue its route westbound on Sunset Boulevard, then to Hollywood Boulevard, ending its run at the West Hollywood Car House as read on the dash sign hanging on the front of the car.

Our resident automobile expert Michael Patris has identified the three vehicles in this photo as being, from left to right, a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe four-door sedan. Behind the Fleetline is a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air with just a portion of the left front of the vehicle visible. On the far right of the frame is captured a 1955 Plymouth Belvedere heading south on Glendale Blvd.

This is another wonderful unpublished photograph from the late E. Rod Crosley, shot sometime around 1955.

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