Pacific Electric 498 Progress

Pacific Electric 498

This classic "Big Red Car" is a "combine" (railroad slang for a combination baggage-coach) and will become the second car in our two-car train of restored PE "Blimps".  The 498 was one of only four combo "Blimps"; all of which were used almost exclusively for Catalina Special service from Downtown Los Angeles to the docks in Wilmington, where connections were made to boats for Catalina Island.  After being on hold for a number of years, this project is once again active and is currently undergoing final preparation prior to getting a full repainting. Previous work on the car completed major bodywork, including new steel welded in place at the bottom of every window post on the car.

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