212 To Los Angeles

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Jack Finn Collection

Pacific Electric interurban no. 212 crosses a wooden trestle on its way to Los Angeles on the Northern Division.

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  • Paul Kakazu

    “Old PE” car 212 is running north on the Pasadena via Garvanza Line, crossing over the SP Yuma Main. In later years New PE will designate this line as the South Pasadena Line, reflecting its truncated route as well as the ascendancy of the Pasadena via Short Line as THE way to go to the Crown City. The trackage shown here was not part of the original P&LA of 1895 but resulted from a 1903 reroute. The bridge is long gone but is the present-day alignment of Daly Street.

  • Bob Davis

    Maybe it’s because of the camera angle, or maybe this photo was taken when the bridge was still new, but off to the left, west of the PE and north of the SP was the Edison Electric generating station, the first “modern” power plant in Los Angeles. Although it was decommission as an electrical facility at least 80 years ago, the building and its smokestack still stand.

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