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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 160
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 14, 2015 05:54PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 160 - 08/14/15

This day in Railroad History

August 13, 1965
The remains of the Pacific Electric System were merged into the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1898, Henry Huntington, nephew of Collis P Huntington of the Central Pacific, purchased the narrow gauge, Los Angeles Railway (LARy) known colloquially as the 'Yellow Car' system. In 1901 Huntington formed the sprawling interurban, standard gauge Pacific Electric Railway (the PE), known more familiarly as the 'Red Car' system, centered at 6th and Main Streets in Los Angeles. By 1910, the Huntington trolley systems stretched over approximately 1300 miles of southern California. At its peak, there were over 20 streetcar lines and 1,250 trolleys, mostly through the core of Los Angeles and serving such nearby neighborhoods as Echo Park, Westlake, Hancock Park, Exposition Park, West Adams, the Crenshaw district, Vernon, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights; and the 1902 acquisition of the Mount Lowe Railway.

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Former Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson No. 2860 is currently on static display at the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) museum in Squamish, British Columbia. The 2860 is a class H1e 4-6-4 passenger locomotive and was built for the CPR by Montreal Locomotive Works in June 1940. The class H1e (Nos. 2860 through 2864) Royal Hudsons were all built as oil-burners and were built for service between Vancouver and Revelstoke where they worked until they were displaced by diesels in the 1950s. Currently No. 2860 is owned by the British Columbia government, but is on permanent loan to the WCRA. The 2860 needs major boiler, firebox and other work before it can be fired up and returned to excursion service. This photo, taken on May 18, 2015, shows the 2860 on display at the WCRA in Squamish.

Alex Mayes photo


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