461 Heads to Rubio Canyon

Pacific Electric no. 461 heads north on the Oak Knoll Line with a roller sign reading MOUNT LOWE and a dash sign reading RUBIO CANYON in this January, 1935 image; during the last years of operation of the Mount Lowe Division.

Unknown photographer, Craig Rasmussen Collection

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  • Duncan Still

    It seems odd that the Oak Knoll Route would have been used for the Mt Lowe cars since that is a much longer routing than the more direct Pasadena Short Line. However, in checking Interurbans Special 21 (Laurence Versey), that was originally the case. As time passed, some runs were routed on the Pasadena Short Lie for a savings of 15 minutes or so. This reference stated that in 1935, all the Mt. Lowe runs ran over the Short Line.

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Harold Stewart Photo, Craig Rasmussen Collection