Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac

Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac

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Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 by Garcia & Strapac
 
Pacific Electric Cars A Pictorial Journey 1911-1953 By David L Garcia & Joseph A Strapac
Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society
Hard cover with dust Jacket
254 pages  Indexed
Copyright 2013 First EDITION

Contents
Chapter Title
1Introduction
2Deluxe Cars and Wood City Cars
3Early Steel City Cars
4500 Class Suburban Cars
5600 Class Steel City Cars
6800 Class Wood Interurban Cars
7950 Class Wood Interurban Cars
81000 Class Wood Interurban Cars
91100 Class Steel Interurban Cars
101200 Class Steel Interurban Cars
111300 Class Combination Cars (Wood and Steel)
121400 Class Box Motor and RPO Cars (Wood and Steel)
131500-1600 Class Power Cars and Locomotives (Wood and Steel)
141700 Class Service Cars
15300 Class "Blimp" Interurban Cars
116400 Class "Blimp" Interurban Cars
17450 Class "Blimp" Interurban Cars
18496 Class "Blimp" Combination Cars
195000 Class PCC Suburban Cars
Index

Southern California's history and economic development were closely aligned with the Pacific Electric Railway, organized in 1901-02 by Henry Huntington (of Library and Art Gallery fame) and carried on after 1911 by a new corporation of the same name, owned by the Southern Pacific. The SP's Pacific Electric was to buy new electric passenger cars until 1940 and new freight locomotives until 1944, but was finally absorbed into the Southern Pacific in 1965.
This book addresses the forty-two years-1911 to 1953-that the "new"Pacific Electric Railway operated electric-powered passenger and freight trains in southern California. In 1953, PE sold its passenger service to bus-oriented Metropolitan Coach Lines. Metro had proposed to immediately convert the few remaining PE passenger rail lines to bus operation, but encountered political opposition. As a result, in 1956, the PE exercised a contract clause that essentially forced Metro to buy PE's electrical facilities-which in turn allowed PE to convert all its freight operations to diesel power.
The co-authors had access to extensive photo files illustrating PE cars and their operating environment and selected the most effective for use in this book. Two major goals were in mind as this book came together: 1. To illustrate all the major classes of cars and locomotives acquired by the new PE after 1911 (as well as providing representative images of "legacy" cars inherited from predecessors). 2. To provide detailed, informative picture captions that can both stand on their own and also provide the seeds for future research.

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