Pacific Electric 5028 at Hawthorne
Pacific Electric PCC no. 5028, obviously shot on a fan trip, but which one? It’s captured at the Hawthorne Pacific Electric station in Hawthorne, California. The image is circa 1950.
Unknown Photographer, Steve Crise Collection
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This fan trip was operated on March 3,1953 and was sponsored by the ERHA-SC. The trip operated along mostly freight only trackage of the Southern District.
I wonder how slow they went, and how rough a ride?
The fan trip had to stop SEVERAL TIMES because the front trolley pole bounced out of the hold down hook. GOD love those PE PCC’s.
I remember going with my mother on this train from Eagle Rock to Long Beach to visit relatives. My mother called it the “Red Train” or the “Red Trolly.” I’ll have to ask my cousin, who still lives in the house he grew up in in Long Beach. I live in Japan!
Katie, you must have made the trip to Long Beach in 2 parts. Part 1 was to ride the los Angeles Transit Line’s #5 streetcar from Eagle Rock (a yellow car) to Downtown Los Angeles. Onse you arrived in Downtown LA, you may have walked from 6th & Broadway to the Pacific Electric Terminal at 6th & Main Streets for part 2 of your trip. From there you would board a Long Beach bound Red Car interurban train for the fast trip to Downtown Long Beach. It must have been fun..
Ralph, please drop me an e-mail or let me know how I can reach you, I have some questions for you about your TTC PCC. Thanks!
The date given above is incorrect – March 3 1953 was a Tuesday. I have several photos & negatives from this excursion which was held on February 22 1953.
Notice the trolley wheels.
Since the greaser (00150) didn’t operate on the freight only lines, excursion cars were fitted with trolley wheels.