1299 Inspection Tour in Covina
By Charles Wherry
This second photo of the series (original here) shows Southern Pacific no. 2701 and Pacific Electric no. 1299 at the Southern Pacific depot in Covina on August 23, 1946. I don’t know if the special stopped on this occasion. My dad was working during this time as a PE train dispatcher and presumably had advance information of the train’s itinerary. His note on the back of the contact print says: “S.P. station at Covina, Cal. Aug. 23rd 1946 before electrification. SP2701 and PE1299 inspection trip. Engr. W.H.Owen, Mtrm. A.A. Johnston, Condr. A.H. Brocato.”
The advance station sign reads: “Azusa Ave One Mile”.
William Wherry Photo, Charles Wherry Collection
This would have been just before the “Covina Bypass” was electrified. This scene could be simulated at OERM with 1299 and Ventura County 2.