April 8, 1961: Sunset at Fairbanks Yard

On April 8, 1961, the sun was setting not only over Fairbanks Yard, but for the last time on the Long Beach line. A few rail cars still on the line were completing the remaining scheduled runs, however these cars are dark as their useful lives had come to an end. The reflection on the
roofs of multiple new buses can be seen parked beside the shop — buses ready to start the replacement service the following morning.

Stephen Dudley Photo and Collection

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  • Carolin Oliver

    My father worked for the company for the President, O. A. Smith from 1917-1963. His name was Grey Oliver. He was Mr. Smith’s male secretary. My mother worked as a clerk in the engineering area as well as my godfather.

  • Carolin Oliver

    O A Smith – President
    Grey Oliver- Secretary
    Walter Stratmann – Engineering Department
    Elda Stratmann – Clerk

    Above names worked in the early years in Los Angeles,

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