California museum to hold Pacific Electric-themed weekend

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PERRIS, Calif. – The Orange Empire Railway Museum will hold a “Pacific Electric Weekend” June 16-17, 2018. While the museum routinely operates former Pacific Electric cars throughout the year, the weekend offers the largest group of the cars for visitors to ride and photograph.

Known for its “Big Red” cars, Pacific Electric was America’s largest interurban electric railway system, covering the Los Angeles region with more than 1,000 miles of rail lines. The system’s origins can be traced to 1895 with the opening of the region’s first electric interurban line connecting Los Angeles with Pasadena. By 1914, more than 1,600 Pacific Electric trains entered or left Los Angeles daily over the system’s four operating districts.

The last remnant of Pacific Electric’s passenger operation, the line to Long Beach, was replaced with buses in 1961. Pacific Electric also had freight business, and many Pacific Electric lines were retained for freight service after passenger operations ended.

The Museum has a collection of over 35 pieces of Pacific Electric equipment, including many iconic pieces such as the “Hollywood” cars of the 1920s and the enormous “Blimp” cars that closed out service in 1961. Many of the cars will be in operation during the weekend. Operating hours each day are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets prices for the event are $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 for ages 5-11 and ages 4 and under free. This event is free for museum members. A Father’s Day barbeque picnic will also be held June 17, but requires a separate reservation and ticket.

For more information, go to www.oerm.org.
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