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Pacific Electric #1257 | by swoofty
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Pacific Electric #1257

It's about time I got around to building a street car. This is one of the 'Portland 12s' from the nostalgia laden Los Angeles area Pacific Electric line. The Portland 12s were a group of cars acquired for the PE from Portland, OR when that city was removing its electric street cars. Ironically, today Portland has streetcars while LA does not. These cars differed from the LA version most obviously in the leaded glass upper window sash. This was a major motivator for me to build the car. It uses a lot of the new windows. A lot. Now I too can be nostalgic for a line I never knew with my very own 'Red Car.' I don't have an online version of my reference photo, but when I find one, I'll post it. Lots of PE stuff is online, but the 12s are a bit more scarce.

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Taken on December 24, 2010