METOPOLITAN COACH LINES to U.S. MARITIME COMMISSION

UPDATED WITH 12 NEW LINKS ADDED.

On this page you will find listings for the L.A. Metrolpolitan Transit Authority, Northwestern Pacific and the Southern Pacific's East Bay Electric Lines, which became IER in 1938.  Many of the cars operated by the other S.P. lines became P.E. cars as the other lines ended electric service.  These lines are presented here on this page so as to make cross-referencing easy to do. 

Included in the listings are cars that were acquired by the U.S. Maritime Commission from Southern Pacific/Interurban Elecrtic.  The cars of the U.S.M.C. were used to between Los Angeles and the Harbor, operating on portions of the Pacific Electric.  Sixty-one cars were acquired by the U.S.M.C., with some cars being used on and later acquired by, the P.E., while others were used on the Santa Fe and Union Pacific (as unpowered trailers) for military personel movements.  I am seeking additional images of both the cars that remained motorized as well as those that were used on non-electrified lines.  If you can help please email me using the link below. 

Also listing Metropolitan Transit Authority are also included, who took over the operations of the Pacific Electric in 1951.  A number of P.E. cars were transferred to this operation with a couple of street cars and one "Blimp" being repainted.  Most cars continued to wear their P.E. livery with simply MTA heralds until being retired.  I am in need of additional information on car histories including which cars went to the M.T.A. and the renumbering of those cars, if you can help please email me at jmlaboda[at]passcarphotos.info.


 
 
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 MCL - Metropolitan Coach Lines
  • MCL 302 - (ex-PE, exx-4515, nee-NWP 253) HW m.u. coach. (M. LAWRENCE)
  • MCL 303 - (ex-PE 303, ex-4516, nee-NWP 254) HW m.u. coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • MCL 309 - (ex-PE, exx-4504, nee-NWP 379) HW m.u. coach. (GODFATHER RAILS)
  • MCL 309 - (GODFATHER RAILS)
  • MCL 314 - (ex-PE, exx-4509, nee-NWP 384) HW m.u. coach. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – ALAN WEEKS COLLECTION)
  • MCL 315 - (ex-PE, exx-4508, nee-NWP 383) HW m.u. coach. (METRO TRANSPORTATION LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES)
  • MCL 402 - (ex-PE, exx-4619, exxx-USMC 349, exxxx-IER, nee-CP 349) HW m.u. coach. (METRO TRANSPORTATION LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES)
  • MCL 411 - (ex-PE, exx-4600, exxx-USMC 314, exxxx-IER, nee-SP 618) HW m.u. coach rblt. from express - coach by SP. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – ALAN WEEKS COLLECTION)
  • MCL 418 - (ex-PE, exx-4614, exxx-USMC 344, exxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. express - coach. (GODFATHER RAILS)
  • MCL 420 - (ex-PE, exx-4624, exxx-USMC 370, exxxx-IER 344, nee-SP 617) HW m.u. coach rblt. from express - coach by SP. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – ALAN WEEKS COLLECTION)
  • MCL 423 - (ex-PE, exx-4605, exxx-USMC 333, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach. (METRO TRANSPORTATION LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES)
  • MCL 424 - (ex-PE, exx-4602, exxx-USMC 317, nee-SP 317) HW m.u. coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • MCL 00164 - (ex-PE) wood tower car rblt. from express car. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)

     MTA - Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • MTA 300 - (ex-PE, exx-4514, nee-NWP) HW m.u. coach. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 315 - (ex-PE, exx-4508, nee-NWP 383) HW m.u. coach. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 423 - (ex-PE, exx-4605, exxx-USMC 333, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1500 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE, exxx-USMC, exxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach.  (History???) (DAVE'S RAILPIX)
  • MTA 1513 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE, exxx-USMC, exxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach.  (History???) (DAVE'S RAILPIX)
  • MTA 1522 - (ex-MCL 411, exx-PE, exxx-4625, exxxx-USMC 371, exxxxx-IER. exxxxxx-SP, nee-618) HW m.u. coach rblt. from baggage - coach by SP. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – A. GODDARD COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1524 - HW m.u. coach. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1525 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 415, exxx-4612, exxxx-USMC 342, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach. (M. LAWRENCE)
  • MTA 1525 - (DAVE'S RAILPIX)
  • MTA 1529 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 419, exxx-4606, exxxx-USMC 335, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • MTA 1538 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 429, exxx-4643, exxxx-USMC 382, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP 438) HW m.u. coach rblt. from m.u. trailer. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1540 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 432, exxx-4635, exxxx-USMC 330, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach.  (History???) (D. ROSS)
  • MTA 1540 - (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1542 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 434, exxx-4636, exxxx-USMC 331, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach. (UTAH RAILS)
  • MTA 1543 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 435, exxx-4640, exxxx-USMC 379, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach, the only PE "Blimp" to receive MTA paint. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1543 - (METRO LIBRARY & ARCHIVES)
  • MTA 1543 - (M. LAWRENCE)
  • MTA 1543 - Traveltown, Los Angeles, Ca.
  • MTA 1544 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 436, exxx-4628, exxxx-USMC 374, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP 621) HW m.u. coach rblt. from baggage - coach by SP.  (History???) (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1544 - (DAVE'S RAILPIX)
  • MTA 1545 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 437, exxx-4639, exxxx-USMC 378, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP 435) HW m.u. coach rblt. from baggage - coach by SP. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1545 - (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • MTA 1708 - (ex-MCL, exx-PE 459, exxx-4627, exxxx-USMC 373, exxxxx-IER, nee-SP 620) HW m.u. coach. (D. ROSS)
  • MTA HW m.u. coach - (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)

     NWP - Northwestern Pacific
  • NWP 302 - wood open-platform 3rd-rail m.u. coach.  Note 3rd-rail shoes on trucks. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • NWP 325 - wood open-platform 3rd-rail m.u. coach.  Note 3rd-rail shoes on trucks. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • NWP 326 - wood open-platform 3rd-rail m.u. coach.  Note 3rd-rail shoes on trucks. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • NWP 330 - wood open-platform 3rd-rail m.u. coach.  Note 3rd-rail shoes on trucks. (NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RR NETWORK)
  • NWP 333 - wood open-platform 3rd-rail m.u. coach.  Note 3rd-rail shoes on trucks. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • NWP 335 - wood open-platform 3rd-rail m.u. coach.  Note 3rd-rail shoes on trucks. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • NWP 382 - HW 3rd-rail m.u. coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • NWP 383 - HW 3rd-rail m.u. coach. (NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RR NETWORK)
  • NWP 386 - HW 3rd-rail m.u. coach. (NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RR IN CALIFORNIA)
  • NWP 393 - HW 3rd-rail m.u. coach. (NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RR IN CALIFORNIA)
  • NWP 510 - (ex-SPC 201) wood 3rd-rail m.u. express - coach rblt. from narrow-gauge baggage - coach. (NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RR IN CALIFORNIA)

     PE&E - Portland Eugene & Eastern
  • PE&E 208 - steel m.u. coach. (PDX HISTORY)

     SP - Southern Paific
  • SP 317 - ACF HW m.u. coach. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • SP 368 - (ex-604) HW m.u. coach. (BAY AREA RAILFAN)
  • SP 375 - (ex-622) HW m.u. coach. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • SP 429 - (ex-CP) HW m.u. trailer. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • SP 600 - HW m.u. express - coach. (ALAMEDA INFO)
  • SP 628 - HW m.u. express - coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)

     USMC - U.S. Maritime Commission
  • USMC 25 - (ex-IER 625, nee-SP) HW m.u. coach, to PE 496. (D. ROSS)
  • USMC 345 - (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • USMC 345 - (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – A. WEEKS COLLECTION)
  • USMC 375 - (ex-IER, exx-SP, nee-622) HW m.u. coach, to PE 4629/428. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • USMC 378 - (ex-IER, exx-SP, nee-435) HW m.u. coach, to PE 4639/437. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • USMC 381 - (ex-IER/SP, nee-445) HW m.u. coach, to PE 4642/454. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)
  • USMC 449 - (ex-IER, nee-SP) HW m.u. trailer, shown with ATSF initials.  Never became P.E. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • USMC 00187 - (ex-PE) wood portable substation. (PACIFIC ELECTRIC RWY. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – J. FINN COLLECTION)

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