427 on Ocean Park Avenue

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Pacific Electric interurban blimps (led by unit no. 427) negotiate a curve on Ocean Park Avenue in Long Beach.

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  • Everett Neal

    I have a great admiration for the old Pacific Electric Railway even though I am not all that familiar with its history. And I love the vintage equipment that once ran on its rails. The wood interurbans, the steel interurbans, the box motors, etc all have a strong aesthetic appeal, just like vintage, classic American automobiles do.

    They’re great to look at, pleasing to the eyes. I enjoy looking at photos of them thru books and the internet like PE “Blimp” no.427, above. I love the paint schemes, too. PE no. 427 looks great. It’s nice to know there are still a lot of crisp colors and black and white photos of PE equipment out there.

  • Al Donnelly

    Just to give some time framing, the car on the right appears to be a 1952 Ford Tudor (“Customline” ?), which may be in the then available color of Meadowlark Green (tends to look lighter in photos).

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