Dismantling 6th and Main
The former Pacific Electric 6th and Main platform and trackage is disassembled in this bittersweet image. It is believed this is a crew from the Orange Empire Trolley Museum dismantling a double slip switch for use at the Perris museum.
Bill Whyte Photo, Steve Crise Collection
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To think decades later and we’re rebuilding the once proud system. Now that’s progress!
Yeah, the bus on a freeway was the answer. Isn’t it great years later!
after tjhe dismanteling theLATL and Grayhound use the site for a station which are now gone to other locations go from redundent to present som of the area photos are sites in the new METRO get rid of something that works and put it back years later at 100 times the cost I probely wont see when the METRO will be diassembled
The double slip switch (which Jim Walker called a “puzzle switch” in the Gazette article of the time) has been part of the Museum track system for over 45 years now. It provides access to the Walter Abbenseth Car House (Barn 2) and to a storage track and a display track. I wasn’t part of the removal project, but did assist in the installation at Perris. This photo was probably taken in late 1963.
Are there any remnants whatsoever (even the faintest evidence) of the old viaduct that exist today?
– sadly, no… -ed.
There are a few large alleyways where the viaduct used to be, but other than that, no remnants. Even the terminal entrance at 6th and Main has been turned into a parking lot, and the part that led out to the elevated viaduct is plastered over.
Look closely at the sidewalk and the South edge of the main street pavement. The street was never crowned, or a curb and gutter and driveway apron installed when the tracks were removed. The driveway into the parking is right on the original grade, which is flat out into the middle of the street.
Pictures are posted herein from the San Pedro end showing final clean-up being done in July of 1963. . .acording to the postings.