Pacific Electric 5146 After the End of Service
By Caesar “CJ” Milch
On December 29, 1952, the day after the last regularly scheduled cars ran to the Valley, there was a special car run by the PE for a group of local politicians and Valley socialites (including Monty Montana the cowboy).
I recently purchased these original Kodachrome slides (unfortunately, no indication of the original photographer) and wanted to share them with the PE community. I missed two great shots from this same series to other bidders – one on the Chandler right-of-way and another at North Hollywood with Monty Montana clearly visible. I had to buy them, because I’d never seen pictures of this day, but I knew it had happened!
The first one is looking north from the south side of the Chandler Blvd. right-of-way as Hollywood car 5146 rolls toward the North Hollywood station. Not sure of the exact location as there is no notation on the slide other than “Chandler Blvd.”
The second shot is at North Hollywood station where there was a brief layover and walk around session. The motorman doesn’t look too happy.
The third shot is 5146 rolling down the private right-of-way that will soon be gone. Note the construction at left which I believe to be connectors to Mulholland Drive. I’m of the thought that this was taken from the Pilgrim overpass just north of the Hollywood Bowl stop.
Fourth shot is 5146 from same location, but closer. Note the PE bus heading up to the valley!
Last shot is 5146 rounding the curve from Highland onto Santa Monica Blvd. The people in front of the corner store seem to know something is afoot and may not know that they will never see another car turn that corner ever again. 5146 was sure polished up for the last run and performed her duties in fine and high style.
Unknown Photographer, Caesar Milch Collection
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ralph Cantos previously had submitted the image on this article, which to date, has been the only image he had seen of this event.