1221 Fan Trip between Baldwin Park and Lone Hill Junction
This circa-1948 photo features Pacific Electric no. 1221 on the newly electrified, ex-Southern Pacific tracks between Baldwin Park and Lone Hill Junction. Note 1221 is sporting trolley wheels, instead of shoes. Ralph Cantos surmises “This could be because the #1221 might be a ‘regular’ car on the Newport Beach Line where trolley wheels were the norm.”
Ralph Cantos Collection
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And to think this is all residential now, with a wider right of way for Metrolink trains. Indeed, it could be the now double track section between Covina Station and Irwindale Ave.
As I recall, all the Butterfly Twelves had wheel instead of shoes.
To qualify Mr. Davis’ remark, the Butterfly Twelves had trolley wheels during part of their careers. However, they carried shoes when they were first upgraded into the butterfly scheme and used on the San Bernardino line. If you can get a copy of the recent excellent SPH&TS Pacific Electric book by Garcia and Strapac, the photos of the butterfly just outshopped and the butterfly’s at the PE San Bernardino station all have shoes, not wheels.
I have the SPH&TS Pacific Electric book by Garcia Strapac. The book is very informative and the photography is outstanding. It’s full of photographs I’ve never seen anywhere else before.
When you look at the excellent condition of the 1221, it was so sad to see these beautiful, handsome cars being scrapped in little more then 2 years from the date of this photo..
I agree wholeheartedly with you, Mr. Cantos. Only I’d prefer to use stronger words like outrageous and criminal. It’s outrageous (as opposed to “sad”) that the Butterfly Twelves (and the regular Twelves) were scrapped at all.
Haven’t the person, or persons behind the decision to have the Twelves scrapped ever heard of a railfan museum – for example, the OERM?! When the Twelves were scrapped, a very significant part of the Pacific Electric Railway’s heritage and history were also destroyed along with them! It’s more than “sad”, it’s criminal!
All we have to show for is the lone survivor, 1299. But, the “beautiful, handsome” Butterfly Twelves are gone forever.