PE 5024 at Burbank Yard: Time Has Run Out
By Ralph Cantos
This tranquil scene at Pacific Electric’s Burbank Yard belies the sad fact that the end has come, prematurely I might add, to PE’s Glendale-Burbank modern light rail line.
It has been more than 60 years ago, June 18, 1955, to be precise, that this photo was taken. For most of this day, PCCs normally stored at Burbank Yard over the weekend for the Monday morning rush hour, have already departed to the Subway Terminal for the final time. Only the 5024 and another PCC await an operator that will dead-head the two cars as an “out of service” train back to the Subway. Behind the two cars, a single trolley pole can be seen of another PCC awaiting a regular service departure.
The scrapping of the Glendale-Burbank Line can only be descried as “shameful.” Every underhanded tactic was used by Metropolitan Coach Lines management to scuttle this line whose entire infrastructure and its basic rolling stock was just 15 years old. By today’s standards, it would be like scrapping LA’s Metro Blue Line and replacing the trains with buses. A bunch of greedy, selfish, uncaring SOBs did not give a damn about anything or ANYONE. Their only interest was to line their pockets with quick cash, and leave LA commuters to deal with the consequences. MCL management and Glendale City officials should have been put on trial for corruption. But back in those days, most Americas were more concerned about “THE BOMB” than a trolley car line.
And so the Glendale-Burbank Rapid Transit Line passed into history and no one was ever held accountable for the dastardly deed….
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