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War freight rolls as railroad strike ends

War freight rolls as railroad strike ends

Sep. 26, 1943: Motorman Robert W. Lange gets “highball” signal from Brakeman G. T. MacDonald at 2 a.m. yesterday as emergency freight back to move after strike ended against Pacific Electric Railroad.

A short strike during World War II quickly brought freight and passenger traffic to a halt in Southern California. A page one story in the Sept. 27, 1943 Los Angeles Times explained:

Pacific Electric Railway Co.’s “big red cars” began rolling again yesterday, when the strike of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen to get the Federal government to permit wage increases was ended after two days by more than a 90 per cent favorable vote of the strikers under pressure from President Roosevelt and their national officers. …

Soon after 5 a.m. the bus lines began operating with a normal routine and the system was ready resume hauling its normal quota of 300,000 passengers daily.

The big log jam of million of dollars of freight that had backed up on railroad sidings nearly 200 miles inland began breaking up after 2 a.m. …

This photo by staff photographer Stan Boyd was published in the Sep. 27, 1943 Los Angeles Times.

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