Lines of the Pacific Electric S & W Districts –Interurbans Special 60 presents a review of two of the four districts of what has been termed “The World’s Greatest Interurban”. Coverage of the Pacific Electric Northern and Eastern Districts is covered in Lines of the Pacific Electric Northern and Eastern Districts – Interurbans Special 61.
Portions of the Pacific Electric rail empire reviewed in this volume were back in the public eye in the summer of 1975. What was proposed as a “starter” rail transit route by transit and county authorities, was once the Long Beach, Glendale-Burbank and the San Fernando Valley rail lines of the Pacific Electric. But the same officials deemed retaining then existing rail transit routes impractical. So, the Pacific Electric was abandoned.
Now with the congestion on the highways, new high-speed routes are being built. Some of the new lines run over the same roadbed that the lines of the Pacific Electric ran.
Lines of the Pacific Electric S & W Districts – Interurban Special 60 contains maps of the Southern and Western Districts of the Pacific Electric and its branches. Along with the maps are pictures along the various routes and branches. Many of the routes are now part of the LA, CA highway system. All the pictures are labeled allowing the reader to follow the route and recognize the areas. If you are a PE fan you will want to add Lines of the Pacific Electric Southern & Western Districts – Interurban Special 60 to your collection.
If you want to know more about the equipment of the Pacific Electric, you will like Cars of the Pacific Electric Volume I City & Suburban Cars and Volume II Interurban & Deluxe Cars & Volume III Combos, Locomotives and Non-Revenue Cars. Cars of Pacific Electric Volume 1 City & Suburban Cars Special 28, Volume 2 Interurban & Deluxe Cars and Volume III Combos, locomotives & Non-revenue Cars are packed with pictures and diagrams of the interurban cars and deluxe car interiors, combos and locomotives and other non-revenue cars.