5061 Railfan Special

Alan Weeks Collection

Alan Weeks Collection

Pacific Electric streetcar no. 5061 pauses with doors open as part of a “Railfan’s Special” (note the board) with the destination sign reading “Pasadena.” The location has been identified as Whittier in the Southern District.

Modified based on comment

Alan Weeks Collection

Here is a contemporary view of this location:

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  • David Coscia

    This is at Whittier.

  • Bob Davis

    Note the use of wheel-equipped trolley poles for going where the wire greaser did not venture.

  • wanda

    My granddad used to take the Pacific Electric “Red Car” up to Santa Anita to watch the horse races in the 1950s. I think the fare was something like 25 cents.
    It was a great way to travel.

  • jim

    jimmy’s is in the first warehouse today, it was a water bed store in the 80″s

  • Brian White

    Used to catch the yellow J car out of Huntington Park and take it to downtown L.A. Sure brings back some memories. I don’t know why they took all the lines out, it was a good way to get around without a car. I think that we have gone backwards with all buses.

  • Tom

    This is looking northwest on Whittier Bl. @ Penn St. The large building in the background is still there today as King Richard’s Antique Mall. It was a citrus packing house originally.

    – Thanks, Tom – added a street view of the location, thanks to you and Jim and David! – ed.

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