1218 Surfside Near Huntington Beach
Pacific Electric no. 1218 rolls south near omnipresent oil derricks in this immediate postwar image dated August 24, 1946. Note the “Newport Beach Limited” sign.
Phillips C. Kauke Photo, Phillips C. Kauke Collection, Stan Kistler Collection
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I remember seeing this car on the daily rush hour trains of 1200s during the late 1940s-early 1950s. I noticed that it had a wheel-type trolley, as did the other Butterfly Twelves which would show up on the tripper. I later learned that this was so these cars could run on the Newport Beach line, where the trolley greaser did not venture.
I also noted the oval art-glass window, which was presumably for the restroom. Since the Monrovia-Glendora line was the only part of the PE I was familiar with, I marveled at the thought of a Red Car trip long enough to require a “head” as the sailors call it.
I remember waiting in my parents car waiting and watching the red cars go up fair oaks in south Pasadena California