Pacific Electric Vol 1 - Southern District - Transit Gloria Mundi - Catenary Video Productions 5 of 5 (2)
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Step back into a railfan's paradise - Los Angeles in the 1940's, where the world's largest interurban was scheduling 1,100 passenger trains a day. From thousands of Pacific Electric Logofeet of vintage film, producer-archivist Don Olsen has assembled an extraordinary record of this interurban empire. Volume 1, first in a trilogy of Pacific Electric videos, features the Southern District, with the Long Beach/San Pedro , Newport Beach, Santa Ana and El Segundo/Torrance Lines. The evolution of ten and twelve hundred class cars and the "blimps" which supplanted them is well documented.
Separate sections are devoted to carload freight and maintenance-of-way activities, including rail and overhead replacement and wrecks. As the system's premier freight hauler, electric, steam and diesel powered freights, plus box motors and RPOs kept the rails well polished with wartime activity, and these amazing scenes recall it all with vivid clarity.
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boxcarmike (Santa Ana, California) on 2011-10-08 15:39:49.
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Growing up in Downey California in the 1950`s and 60`s, I managed to see the final years of the Pacific Electric as it slowly gave way to buses. This great Transit Gloria Mundi-Catenary Video Production brought back a lot of memories of the Long Beach Line and the entire Southern district that I watched slowly pass away. The film footage is fantastic considering its age and the narration and organ music just makes this dvd a nice package. If you remember the big red cars I would definitely recommend this dvd as well as the other two volumes that make up this set.
Martram on 2009-08-15 10:23:19.
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It is almost fifty years since the last run of a "Red Car" and P.E. still inspires and surprises. This DVD is full of them.