4611 at 6th and Main
Pacific Electric Catalina Special no. 4611 leads a three-unit train down the viaduct at the 6th and Main Street station in downtown Los Angeles on its way to the Catalina terminal in San Pedro. The date is May 20, 1947.
Charles D. Savage Photo
Donald Duke Collection
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Why in this and other photos Blimps had those gates at door openings?
The gates were leftover from their original home in Oakland on the SP/IER suburban service to Alameda and Berkeley. PE replaced them with wooden doors during the 1946-47 upgrade project. This upgrade also included interior makeovers with new seats and modern lighting. I have a vague recollection of riding an unmodified “blimp” on the Monrovia Line, when it still had the gates and the rattan-covered seats.
Could this photo be taken near the West Basin crossing from San Pedro to Wilmington to Los Angeles for the Catalina Special?