Last-Day Charter Northbound at Cota
Saturday, April 8, 1961, was the last full day of service on the Long Beach line and the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association charter running northbound had to pause for a red signal at Cota to await the clearance of an eastbound Union Pacific freight coming from the harbor.
Any time a Long Beach line train got caught by a freight, it could add five or more minutes to the schedule. Not far north of the UP line, the tracks crossed Del Amo and it was then clear sailing past farm land until Dominguez Junction.
This area looks very different today. While the UP route still exists, the Blue Line now occupies this alignment and passes over the freight line on elevated tracks. Immediately to the left, the field is the site of the Blue Line shop and storage tracks. There is just one car showing on the relatively new Long Beach Freeway. And, past the bridge, the fields are now completely occupied by warehouses.
Stephen Dudley Image and Collection