Pacific Electric Red Cars

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Of the rail lines created at the turn of the 20th century, in order to build interurban links through Southern California communities around metropolitan Los Angeles, the Pacific Electric grew to be the most prominent of all. The Pacific Electric Railway is synonymous with Henry Edwards Huntington, the capitalist with many decades of railroad experience, who formed the "P. E." and expanded it as principal owner for nearly its first decade. Huntington sold his PE holdings to the giant Southern Pacific Railroad in 1910, and the following year the SP absorbed nearly every electric line in the fourcounty area around Los Angeles in the "Great Merger" into a "new" Pacific Electric. Founded in 1901 and terminated in 1965, Pacific Electric was known as the "World's Great Interurban."
ISBN: 9780738546889
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This compendium uses the superb collection of vintage photographs housed at the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as well as other sources. Jim Walker, the author or editor of more than 40 railway books, was a founder of the Orange Empire Railway Museum at Perris, California, which preserves many cars, locomotives, and memorabilia from the PE. He is the archivist/curator of Metro's library.
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