Hot Rod to San Pedro 1950
It's clear that photographer Walter Abbenseth has put some thought into this shot. On a line that traveled primarily across flat land, Walter has chosen the plateau just south of Dominguez Junction to set up this late afternoon scene of outbound Hotrod Blimp 301 racing along Alameda St on the San Pedro Line. PE 301 is one of twelve former Northwestern Pacific motor cars known to PE men as Hot Rods. When these former NWP cars came south during World War II, PE men were impressed with their acceleration and ability to operate with the accompanying NWP trailer cars on a one to one basis. On the PE two motor cars to one sled had always been the proper ratio. Hot Rods were commonly found on the Santa Ana and San Pedro Lines.
Photo by Walter Abbenseth at the OERM Archives
Pacific ElectricRed Car301Hot RodBlimpWalter AbbensethDominguezAlameda StreetSouthern California Railway Museum, from
San Pedro Lines