Pacific Electric interurbans (including no. 1224) pause along Southern Division streetfront right-of-way. The advertisement promotes vistation to Sierra Madre’s “Giant Wistaria Vine.”
Jack Finn Collection
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The train is at the end of track on east Fourth St. in Santa Ana. The Southern Pacific depot is just off the photo to the right.
The Red Cars are long gone from Sierra Madre, but the town still has a Wistaria Festival every year. I’ve dubbed it Wistaria Hysteria. The landmark vine is a rather stiff uphill hike from the PE route on Sierra Madre Blvd. however. One mistake today’s Metro made with the Gold Line is naming the present terminal “Sierra Madre Villa” after the street next to the station. This can lead people not familiar with the area to think the trains go to the City of Sierra Madre, which hasn’t had rail service since 1950. If I were in charge of station names, it would be “East Pasadena”.