The Two Faces of Pacific Electric

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

Both service sectors of Pacific Electric – freight and passenger – are visible in this shot. On the left, freight locomotives nos. 1625 and 1628 pull a heavy freight while a four-unit interurban consist headed up by no. 1205 make the run to Covina in the Eastern Division.

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  • Bob Davis

    The 1200-class cars are tied down–this photo may have been taken on a weekend, and the cars would have been used for the Monday morning “rush hour” service. Note that only one of the freight motors has the pole up. They had MU cables, but I don’t think they had power jumpers like some other electric railways used. Note the citrus grove in the background–this would soon give way to houses. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but quite possible a shot from this same spot would now show the Metrolink station.

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