Pacific Electric 711 – Part 2
By Ralph Cantos
Freshly outshopped Pacific Electric no. 711 is seen here at West Hollywood yard in 1941 awaiting an appointment with a metal surgeon at the Torrance Shops hospital for some reconstructive facial surgery on its handsome face. What ever the 711 hit, it must have been big and heavy to do this type of damage to these sturdy cars. Had this accident happened ten years later, the 711, (by then renumbered to 5161) would have been dispatched to the SP’s Alhambra Shops for scrapping.
Ralph Cantos Collection
I think every car was needed for the war effort. Retiring it would have been out of the question.