Pacific Electric 5154/704: The End Has Come!
By Ralph Cantos
This pathetic photo at Toluca Yard was taken in November 1955. Pacific Electric no. 5154, still in mint condition inside and out, is made ready for its trip to Terminal Island and oblivion. Notice that the trolley pole has been welded down to the trolley hook guard.
On an earlier trip to T.I, a Hollywood car trolley pole became dislodged from the hook and took down some phone wires. So the last remaining cars making the one-way trip to National Metals and Steel had both their poles welded down.
It was the final insult to these wonderful cars.
Ralph Cantos Collection