Colorized 1044 For Balboa
From our friends at The Paragon Agency (publishers of the My American History series) comes this hand-colorized version of the classic image of 1044 bound for Balboa. This image appears in Corona Del Mar – My Kind of Town, available now from The Paragon Agency.
The 1896 shows the standard rail line that came from Santa Ana, yet the 1901 shows the connector for the Pacific Electric — which in 1904 came further down the peninsula to the Pavilion built that year.
Images courtesy The Paragon Agency
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Very nice colorizing job! And how marvelous is it that the PE ran LITERALLY on THE BEACH! — the sand between the tracks is iconic and wonderful.
I have a similar photo of the 1044 in color that was printed off of a color slide. I got it off of ebay. I have seen both B+W and the color photos. It appears that this was a railfan trip and that several photos were taken of this car both B+W and color.
After the passenger service was abandoned an occasional SW-7 would haul a short freight train. A tressle went over a lagoon where the fishermen fished. I can imagine how they must have scrambled when the locomotive blew it’s whistle ! Back then there wasn’t much liability or need for fences …
I assume that the 1901 map is the one with the track labeled ‘Branch’. In that case, there is no PE track shown on the map, but rather the SP (former Santa Ana & Newport RR)line between Newport Beach and Westminster via Huntington Beach. The PE Newport Line ran next to the SP line as shown in the later map. The SP line was abandoned in 1933 and at an earlier date the Santa Ana River Bridge (PE) was used by both railroads after the SP’s bridge was washed out
Many years ago I got a heavy stock b/w print from the Fullerton Museum of the well known car-on-the-arch-bridge view. Using pastel oil chalks and a brush, I was able to make the image suddenly jump to life with little effort. Rather amazing what a bit o’ color can do for the images. (For George & Clifford–great follow-up information!)