San Diego Electric Railway
Union Depot in 1915 with new class 2 centre-entrance cars built by
American-McGuire-St.Louis car cos. for the California-Panama Exposition that was held in Balboa Park to commemorate the building of the Panama Canal. A similar exposition was held in San Francisco at the same time and Santa Fe. RR offered round trip tickets at bargain prices so one could see both of them. The class 2 cars were capable of running in MU and there was 74 of them. There was a steady stream of cars running to Balboa Park and back to the Union Depot to handle the crowds. This exposition ran the entire year from midnight January 1st to December 31st 1915. The Union Depot was brand new also,having replaced an 1880s wood structure. It is still there today.
Bill Volkmer collection
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