Pacific Electric 1651

Paul Koehler Collection

Paul Koehler Collection

Pacific Electric freight locomotive no. 1651 and its operator sit pole down at an unknown location in this undated photo.

Paul Koehler Collection

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  • Bob Davis

    I remember seeing these units running in night-time freight service going through Monrovia around 1947. I thought they were a new model of electric locomotive. Many years later, I learned that they were powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines and had double-reduction gears. They must have been working at the outer limits of their capability, and were soon replaced by Baldwin and EMD switchers.

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The former 754 seen here in 1952 in all its glory just out of the paint shop in "paint job #1". Ralph Cantos Collection.