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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OERM 2014 Calendar

OERM 2014 CalendarThe Orange Empire 2014 Calendar titled "The Street Cars of Los Angeles" is now available. Photographs of the Los Angeles Railway and the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas enhance each month.. The price is $12.95 each plus sales tax and $5.00 shipping. To order your calendar call 951-943-3020 or e-mail info@oerm.org for more information.