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 Posted: Sat Oct 19th, 2019 09:18 pm
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Aren't the Mount Lowe car chassis still up on the mountain after they got burned?


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tebee wrote:
Aren't the Mount Lowe car chassis still up on the mountain after they got burned?


Hmm... 

There are several stories online of people hiking this area, and checking what's left... 

Can't remember they found any parts of the vehicles, only foundations of the buildings,
the BIG bull gear of the winch that pulled the cars up the incline,
a piece of its cable half buried... 

Wonder how scrappers salvaged all this stuff from this remote location.  ??? 




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Kitbash0n30 wrote:
That Pacific Electric thing from Mount Lowe is interesting.
 
Either of y'all know what it used for current collection?

And after asking here,
off to play in Google for a couple minutes,
to see if I can find out on my own.

Have a book here about some of the PE,
but it I do not recall it mentioning the narrow gauge operation.


She got juice from a plain trolley pole...  

Found a picture in the depths of my hard drive.





Entered "Mount Lowe Pacific Electric" as keywords :

https://waterandpower.org/museum/Mt_Lowe_Railway.html

http://www.erha.org/penml.htm



You may also browse this site :

https://www.pacificelectric.org/ 

there is a search option.




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tebee wrote:
Aren't the Mount Lowe car chassis still up on the mountain after they got burned?


In answer to my own question, yes they are.
 

Fleeting glimpse at about 15 seconds into this video.

Maybe more later, not watched it all yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1P6AaOy6mY




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Hmm... 

I see axles with gears, and even what seems to be a armature...
apparently stored on a piece of track.  

Astonishing if an electric motor (copper!) would survive for decades,
when almost everything else was carried away.

I remember I have also read of equipment being dumped down the hillside. 







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Thanks Gerold!

Open seating area's overhead bar with standee strap handles, is definitely a detail of interest.

It probably also protected occupants if trolley pole retrieved snatched down a dewired trolley pole.


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She got juice from a plain trolley pole...  

Found a picture in the depths of my hard drive.








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Kitbash0n30 wrote:
Open seating area's overhead bar with standee strap handles, is definitely a detail of interest.

It probably also protected occupants if trolley pole retrieved snatched down a dewired trolley pole.


It had short longitudinal seats with their backs against the side of the car,
so there would be plenty of room for standees in the middle.

They were always short of capacity on the alpine division,
as although they had three cars,
the only had the electrical capacity to run one at once.

Presumably the photos with cars on different levels were staged.

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There was also a flat work car on the alpine division

 


According to the text:

This photo depicts Pacific Electric flat motor 1520 on the Mt. Lowe line's Alpine Division.

This car was built by Pacific Electric in 1914,
using Brill trucks from a Los Angeles Traction streetcar (3-foot, 6-inch gauge),
to carry freight, in this instance hay for Herbert the mule,
who powered open cars for the "One Man and a Mule" railway at top of the line.

The flat motor car was left behind after helping to dismantle the Alpine Division in 1938.
Metro Library Archive CC shared 


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And another picture of the car remains.
 




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How about this "critter" from the Texas Electric Lines down in Waco, TX...





Just a 4 wheel flat car with an "outhouse" on top.
Used for line work, it was powered by an underframe motor.
A real piece of work, for sure.

Waco is in Central Texas and is the birthplace of many desperadoes like myself.

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