5064 at 6th and Main
Pacific Electric Hollywood car no. 5064 bound for Arcadia, Monrovia, and Glendora awaits departure from the 6th and Main Street station, its motorman at the ready in this undated photo.
Alan Weeks Photo, Alan Weeks Collection
Seeing a 5050 on the Monrovia-Glendora Line was fairly unusual–when my brother and I rode the cars on Saturday mornings to meet our dad in San Marino, we usually got one of the 732-759 group of cars, which had a padded box up front where we could watch to motorman. The 5050s had a toolbox with a sloping lid, no place for junior railfans to sit. Years later I would learn that Monrovia runs would always have a two-man crew, and passengers would board through the center doors. I’ve read that on the Pasadena Short Line, the cars would run one-man and load through the front door.