1603 and 1625 in Culver City

Alan Weeks Photo-Collection

Alan Weeks Photo-Collection

Pacific Electric freight locomotives nos. 1603 and 1625 wait for another unit to pass in this Culver City action shot on the Western Division. The image is dated December 13, 1953.

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Alan Weeks Collection

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  • Bob Davis

    Note that the poles are down on 1603 and 1625, indicating that they’re not going anywhere for a while. Also, 1603 was a Baldwin-Westinghouse unit and 1625 was a PE “home brew” product of Torrance Shops. I doubt that that they would work in MU, because the PE-built units (1619-1631) had General Electric control systems. Some passenger cars with GE and Westinghouse controls would MU (300 and 400 class “Blimps” for example, but I don’t think that was true for freight motors.

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