Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society (PERyHS) is a non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of the memory of the Pacific Electric Railway.
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The goals of the PERYHS are: to preserve and maintain historical documents, visual images. The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society (PERYHS) is a non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of the memory of the Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway.

The goals of the PERYHS are: to preserve and maintain historical documents, visual images. The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society (PERYHS) is a non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of the memory of the Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway.

Mission: The goals of the PERYHS are: to preserve and maintain historical documents, visual images, oral histories, and historical studies; to make these materials available to the general public via publications (monographs), presentations and displays to non-profit groups and organizations and to assist other non-profit organizations in their efforts to preserve the legacy of the Pacific Electric Railway.

Operating as usual

Alan Weeks has a year-end surprise, photos from his 1948 trip to the PE's Torrance Shops! Click through to read his acco...
12/31/2020
Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway: Torrance Shops 1948 - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Alan Weeks has a year-end surprise, photos from his 1948 trip to the PE's Torrance Shops! Click through to read his account of this fantastic day-long trip.

  Alan Weeks’ Pacific Electric Railway: Torrance Shops 1948 0 By Alan K. Weeks After a little detour we finally got back to Torrance Shops. I was surprised that I did not take more pictures while I was there. Then I remembered my Box Camera used a roll of Kodac Film with only eight exposures. I w...

Alan Weeks is back with a big collection of images he photographed in and around 6th and Main Street Headquarters dating...
12/06/2020
Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway 6th and Main Street Headquarters - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Alan Weeks is back with a big collection of images he photographed in and around 6th and Main Street Headquarters dating back to the 1940s. Check it out!

  Alan Weeks’ Pacific Electric Railway 6th and Main Street Headquarters 0 By Alan Weeks You might all be tried of the Main St. Station but I think this is the last batch. It really was the most important facility of the Railway. It was a grand hub of the whole system. Millions of people must have...

Ralph Cantos gets into the spirit of the season with this review of the LATL's Candy Cane Cars from the late 1940s and e...
11/23/2020
Los Angeles Transit Lines "Candy Cane Cars & Buses" - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Ralph Cantos gets into the spirit of the season with this review of the LATL's Candy Cane Cars from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Check it out!

  Los Angeles Transit Lines “Candy Cane Cars & Buses” 0 By Ralph Cantos Starting in November of 1948, The Downtown Business Men’s Association sponsored 2 Los Angeles Transit Lines Candy Cane streetcars, PCC no. 3010 and H-4 no. 1257 to stimulate shopping in Downtown Los Angeles. — the only ...

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have served our country.
11/11/2020

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have served our country.

Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway Macy Street Car House and Shops, 1950-1951.
11/05/2020
Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway Macy Street Car House and Shops, 1950-1951 - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway Macy Street Car House and Shops, 1950-1951.

  Alan Weeks’ Pacific Electric Railway Macy Street Car House and Shops, 1950-1951 0 By Alan K. Weeks Here we have a switch in venue. Shops, Yards and Stored cars. Macy Street was not a heavy shop but did a lot of other types of work. The Main Shops were built in Torrance and were very large. It h...

A new article and series of images from Alan Weeks focused on the Northern District and Downtown, 1950-1951. Check it ou...
11/05/2020
Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway: More Northern District and Downtown, 1950-1951 - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

A new article and series of images from Alan Weeks focused on the Northern District and Downtown, 1950-1951. Check it out!

  Alan Weeks’ Pacific Electric Railway: More Northern District and Downtown, 1950-1951 0 By Alan K. Weeks This pretty much winds up the Northern District. It only took about one year to completely abandon and tear up this district. These are the lines that were abandoned: Pasadena Short Line Pasa...

Ralph Cantos is back with a great new piece on LA traction operations with banners overhead or hanging from catenary. Ch...
11/05/2020
PE and LARy Cars Under Flapping Banners - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Ralph Cantos is back with a great new piece on LA traction operations with banners overhead or hanging from catenary. Check it out!

  PE and LARy Cars Under Flapping Banners 0 By Ralph Cantos This wonderful photo shows LARY cars on Broadway at 7th in the glory days of Downtown Los Angeles. Car lines of both systems blanked the City and with it, miles of trolley wire span wires, The span wires beckoning their use for cloth banne...

Ralph Cantos has a new piece up at our site - check it out!
10/05/2020
PE #428-LAMTA #1537: Mayhem on Long Beach Blvd. - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Ralph Cantos has a new piece up at our site - check it out!

  PE #428-LAMTA #1537: Mayhem on Long Beach Blvd. 0 By Ralph Cantos Although almost 50 years separate these two photos, the results are the same, the destruction of two Ford vehicles. A wise man once said, “never assume anything.” Such was the case in these two accidents. The 1959 accident on L...

We have a great new piece by legendary transit historian Alan Weeks now available at our site - check it out!
09/08/2020
Alan Weeks' Pacific Electric Railway Northern & Southern District, 1950s - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

We have a great new piece by legendary transit historian Alan Weeks now available at our site - check it out!

  Alan Weeks’ Pacific Electric Railway Northern & Southern District, 1950s 0 By Alan Weeks This is a mixed batch from the North, Downtown and the Southern Districts. For years the Watts Local and Sierra Vista Local ran as one thru line from Sierra Vista to Watts. It did not go into the Main Stree...

Ralph Cantos  returns with a great new  article  focusing on the action that could be found at Broadway and 7th. Check i...
07/26/2020
LARY in Downtown LA. : Always a car in sight! - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Ralph Cantos returns with a great new article focusing on the action that could be found at Broadway and 7th. Check it out!

  LARY in Downtown LA. : Always a car in sight! 0 By Ralph Cantos It may have been Los Angeles Transit Lines that coined the phrase “always a car in sight” when referring to the world-famous P Line with its 90-second post-World War II headways. But all anyone needs do is look at historic photos...

Here's an amazing new story by Ralph Cantos with an even more amazing photo. Check it out!
05/27/2020
LARY Cars at Georgia Street: Stop everything and run for cover! - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Here's an amazing new story by Ralph Cantos with an even more amazing photo. Check it out!

By Ralph Cantos This remarkable photo was taken at dusk on February 25, 1942. It was one of the first air raid tests in the Los Angeles area. Just two days before, the Richfield Ellwood oil storage facility near Santa Barbra was shelled by a Japanese submarine. While no one was killed, and the damag...

Here's another piece by Ralph Cantos, this time on a more somber note.
05/11/2020
Pacific Electric 5154/704: The End Has Come! - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Here's another piece by Ralph Cantos, this time on a more somber note.

By Ralph Cantos This pathetic photo at Toluca Yard was taken in November 1955. Pacific Electric no. 5154, still in mint condition inside and out, is made ready for its trip to Terminal Island and oblivion. Notice that the trolley pole has been welded down to the trolley hook guard. On an earlier tri...

Ralph Cantos has a terrific new article up at our site on the legendary PE 5167/717, the sole operable Hollywood car sti...
05/11/2020
Pacific Electric 5167/717: A Lucky Warrior - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Ralph Cantos has a terrific new article up at our site on the legendary PE 5167/717, the sole operable Hollywood car still in existence. Check it out!

By Ralph Cantos Pacific Electric Hollywood car no. 5167 is seen here at Gardner Junction in the last days of the Hollywood Boulevard – Beverly Hills Line. After 29 years of service, the old gal still looks great having just gone through a rehab that turned her into a one-man car. She was built new...

Just released, "The Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company / The Historic Union Pacific Salt Lake Route by John R. S...
05/09/2020
The Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company by John R. Signor

Just released, "The Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company / The Historic Union Pacific Salt Lake Route by John R. Signor from Golden West Books. Fully updated version of the 1988 classic, with hundreds of photos and beautiful printing and hardcover binding. A must-have for any railfan! Order now at our website - your purchase helps support all our endeavors. Thank you!

Union Pacific is one of the most modern railroads in the country. The road's 780-mile line from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles is no exception.

Great new must-read piece by Ralph Cantos over at our site. Check it out!
05/04/2020
LARY S car at 3rd & New Hampshire: How the hell did this guy get a drivers license? - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Great new must-read piece by Ralph Cantos over at our site. Check it out!

By Ralph Cantos This amusing photo, taken about 1935 at 3rd Street and New Hampshire, shows an eastbound Los Angeles Railway S Line car stopped by an “obstruction” on the tracks ahead. The moron of a driver is sitting behind the wheel of what appears to be a 1928 Essex Super 6 sedan. There was s...

Ralph Cantos is back with a look at LARY/LATL Service on Western Avenue. Click on over and check it out!
04/20/2020
Los Angeles Railway: Convenience was the name of the game - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Ralph Cantos is back with a look at LARY/LATL Service on Western Avenue. Click on over and check it out!

  Los Angeles Railway: Convenience was the name of the game 0 By Ralph Cantos This is a rare photo showing an unidentified H-Class “S” car, southbound on Western Avenue at 2nd Street. In its heyday, Los Angeles Railway cars lines “carpeted” the inner-city. Busy commercial boulevards and ave...

We now have a donation form on our home page that allows you to give one time or monthly, in any amount you desire. 100%...
04/20/2020
Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

We now have a donation form on our home page that allows you to give one time or monthly, in any amount you desire. 100% of your donations go to support our archival efforts at Mount Lowe Preservation Society and Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society. We thank you sincerely for all your support and encouragement.

The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society (PERyHS) is a non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of the memory of the Pacific Electric Railway.

1625 AND HUNTINGTON’S FUNERALOn May 24, 1927, Henry E. Huntington (founder of the Pacific Electric) died following surge...
04/10/2020
1625 and Huntington's Funeral - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

1625 AND HUNTINGTON’S FUNERAL
On May 24, 1927, Henry E. Huntington (founder of the Pacific Electric) died following surgery in New York City. The follow day, his coffin was loaded aboard his private car San Marino for the return trip across the nation to the city of San Marino. The San Marino arrived at the Southern pacific yards in Los Angeles on May 27. In this scene, the San Marino is being picked up by Pacific Electric freight locomotive no. 1625, all decorated in funereal bunting, for transport to Huntington’s estate in San Marino.

Donald Duke Collection
https://www.pacificelectric.org/pacific-electric/southern-district/1625-and-huntingtons-funeral/

On May 24, 1927, Henry E. Huntington (founder of the Pacific Electric) died following surgery in New York City. The follow day, his coffin was loaded aboard his private car San Marino for the return trip across the nation to the city of San Marino. The San Marino arrived at the Southern pacific yard...

The Great Incline.
03/19/2020

The Great Incline.

The Great Incline (funicular) Mount Lowe Railway (1893-1936). Grade of incline: variable 48% to 62%; Strength of incline cable; tested to 100 tons; Greatest load ever imposed: 7 tons

Trolley Card
03/15/2020

Trolley Card

A Pacific Electric-era “Visit Mt. Lowe” advertising card used in trolleys to promote tourism on the line. Mount Lowe Railway in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Pasadena, 1893-1936.

Pacific Electric business car no. 1000 is pressed into service as part of “The Commodore Limited,” special high-end serv...
03/12/2020
The Commodore Limited - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Pacific Electric business car no. 1000 is pressed into service as part of “The Commodore Limited,” special high-end service between Los Angeles and Balboa, at the end of the Southern Division. How long did it take to go from L.A. to Newport Beach? This car had a restroom and a small kitchen, I believe.
https://www.pacificelectric.org/pacific-electric/southern-district/the-commodore-limited/

Pacific Electric business car no. 1000 is pressed into service as part of “The Commodore Limited,” special high-end service between Los Angeles and Balboa, at the end of the Southern Division. Jack Finn Collection

One of the many curves on the Mount Lowe Railway.
03/08/2020

One of the many curves on the Mount Lowe Railway.

Horseshoe Curve on the Mount Lowe Railway. Note the electrified inspection car in the background, on the trestle. Postcard from above Horseshoe Curve. (1893-1936)

Top P.E. Brass on Inspection Trip
03/07/2020
1299 and the Pacific Electric Brass - Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society

Top P.E. Brass on Inspection Trip

Here the full full weight of Pacific Electric upper management is on display. The occasion is an inspection trip over Southern Pacific’s Covina branch sometime between August and October, 1946 to view the property prior to installation of additional overhead trolley wire between the end of existin...

02/27/2020
[4k, 60 fps] A Trip Through New York City in 1911

Not Los Angeles, but a remarkable 8 minute collection of colorized and sound-enhanced film from 1911 New York City. Outstanding!

Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America: ✔ FPS boosted to 60 frames per ...

Local historians and authors, Michael Logan, Michael Patris, and Rich Thomas will take us back to a time when the Pasade...
02/25/2020
Events Archive • Pasadena Museum of History

Local historians and authors, Michael Logan, Michael Patris, and Rich Thomas will take us back to a time when the Pasadena area was home to the Mount Lowe Railway, Cawston Ostrich Farm, and the original Busch Gardens. These world-famous attractions brought fame and millions of visitors to the region; today, they are part of our fascinating past.

Tickets: Members $10.00; General $12.00. Pre-paid reservations are required: pasadenahistory.org/events or calling 800-838-3006. For onsite programs, tickets include gallery admission one hour prior to the programs.

Exhibition Galleries Wed - Sun | Noon - 5pm Fenyes Mansion Tour Fri, Sat, & Sun | 12:15pm Research Library & Archives Thu - Sun | 1 - 4pm

02/20/2020
Mount Lowe Preservation Society

Archival Film by Edison - Mount Lowe Railway.
I have never seen this. Have you?

Edison Film of Mount Lowe Railway Trip.

Early Mount Lowe Railway Poster.
02/16/2020

Early Mount Lowe Railway Poster.

Mount Lowe Poster - Pasadena Museum of History. Probably done before several of the buildings were built. The Echo Mountain House didn't end up looking like this poster. (I have never seen this before.)

Crown Jewel of the Pacific Electric Railway.  I liked the "wifey" comment.
02/10/2020

Crown Jewel of the Pacific Electric Railway. I liked the "wifey" comment.

Someone Had a Sense of Humor. Alpine Tavern Thanksgiving Ad. (source unknown).

1894 - Construction of the Mount Lowe Railway in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, CA. That's famed Civil War Ba...
01/31/2020

1894 - Construction of the Mount Lowe Railway in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, CA. That's famed Civil War Balloonist, Professor Thaddeus S.C. Lowe. Lowe lost control of his railway and it eventually became a part of Henry E. Huntington's Pacific Electric Railway "Red Cars".

Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe surveys the construction on the Mount Lowe Railway with binoculars in 1894. http://www.mountlowe.org/mlpsi-collection/photography/thaddeus-lowe-surveys-the-construction-1894/

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About PERHYS

Formed in 1999, the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society was founded by Jack Finn, Walter Abbenseth, Craig Rasmussen and Jed Hughes. Eventually Jeffery Moreau and Michael Patris were added to the board. Sadly, in July of 2006, Jack Finn passed away following a prolonged illness. According to longtime friend Alan Weeks, Jack lived very close to the Pacific Electric Railway Glendale Line and it is here where his love of the system began. Also, according to Weeks, they both operated rail cars at the Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) for many years. Alan was badge #54 and Jack was badge #74. Jack Finn conducted several interviews of many people who rode on or worked for the Pacific Electric Railway and published eight monographs which contained these interviews and images to enhance the text. Eventually, we would like to reprint those monographs and make them available via this website. Please see our monograph page. Also, according to Alan Weeks, speaking of Jack, "His research and knowledge of the P.E. was quite extraordinary in my opinion. He was a stickler for accuracy. But, in the long run, I will remember Jack for being the kind and caring person who looked after many ill people who had no one else to help them. He did this quietly and without fanfare." Upon Jack's passing, the archives of the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society were bequeathed to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society, Inc. The goal has been to expand the MLPSI archives to include the PERYHS collection and further enhance the sharing of history, images, text and artifacts of these operations. Also, to further make available the monographs already produced as well as assemble from notes and tapes the monographs that were in the works at the time of Jack's passing. Here is the original Mission Statement for the PERYHS: The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society (PERYHS) is a non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of the memory of the Pacific Electric Railway. The goals of the PERYHS are: to preserve and maintain historical documents, visual images, oral histories, and historical studies; to make these materials available to the general public via publications (monographs), presentations and displays to non-profit groups and organizations and to assist other non-profit organizations in their efforts to preserve the legacy of the Pacific Electric Railway. Our goal is to keep Jack Finn's dream alive and continue his work for all to enjoy. The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society will operate under the 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational foundation of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society, Inc. Michael Patris President, MLPSI

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I made this picture, as a a 16 yo photographer and railroad fan, at the 6th Street Terminal in Los Angeles about 1947.
I modified my switch stand to make it look more like a Pacific Electric stand. It got a new paint job too.It lights up too. A Dressel lamp with a Star stand.
Nice piece on Hidden Huntington Beach this morning.
Does anyone have any photos of the stops in Cypress near Moody?
Elevated Tracks at Pacific Electric's Headquarters
Is anyone aware of an “Errors and Omissions” sheet for the Pacific Electric Stations book published in 1998? I’m finding some interesting conflicts in the captions and was wondering if there is a correct sheet for this book.
Here is another PE film. Railway Boosters trip. Not sure of the location of the trip.
Here is another film made by the Ford Motor Company.
Some old film footage of Mount Lowe Railways.
A quiet November morning on the San Gabriel River as dawn breaks over Pacific Electric's 1907 Puente Largo Bridge. At this hour, you can almost hear the whistle blow as a Red Car approaches, carrying passengers away to exotic Monrovia.
Did all red cars have specific "Pacific Electric Railway" painted on the sides of the cars? I have seen a (b&w) photo of a PE- looking car with "Los Angeles" on the side panel. Was this also a Pacific Electric car?