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Annapolis-area rail fan? I’ll be signing my new novel at the Hard Bean Cafe, Annapolis city dock, Sat&Sun, 9/20&21, 10am-1pm. Please drop by and introduce yourself.
Both photos from Union Pacific ads in the National Geographic, latter half of the 1950s. These cars ran on the City of LA and City of Portland.
When I was a kid, each of the three railroads’ names appeared in sedate chrome or gold-colored metal lettering behind their series of ticket sales windows. The tickets that passengers carried away came in folders and envelopes as illustrated below.
The photo, which I took in June, 2014, belies that fact that, owing to the number of Surfliners, Metrolink trains, and transit lines serving Los Angeles Union Station, the beautifully-preserved station is busier than at any time in its history.
The diesels pulling the trains were painted as illustrated below, but for only about ten years because by the late fifties SP went to its cheaper gray and red color scheme; also, while the post card, “distributed by Souvenir Color Card Company” was from a “Union Pacific Railroad color photo,” the color is off: Union Pacific trains were never such a yellow shade of yellow. The back of the card reads, “Three streamliners lined up for departure from Union Station.” One wonders by what trick the passengers were going to get on the middle train. Of course, they aren’t really three trains lined up for departure, but the numbers on the SP and UP engines suggest one will pull tonight’s Sunset Limited and the other the late afternoon’s City of Los Angeles.
No longer in print, but available used, is The Last of the Great Stations, which includes the Donald Duke photo, bottom, of the main waiting room, essentially unchanged today.
My memory is that this car also contained 6 double-bedrooms. It was designed to run behind the dome diner, between the dome diner and the sleepers, so passengers would have a place to stop for a cocktail on their way to dinner. This was during the brief years (approximately 1955-1960) when the flat-end dome observation lounge ran on the rear of the train. Once the dome observation lounge became, instead, a dome center-of-the-train lounge, the Redwood Lounge either wasn’t run or, when the train operated as all-sleeping car during summers and Christmas season, was positioned on the opposite side of the dome diner from the dome lounge.
From the booklet “California,” of which text is reproduced in a post below.
Leg-rest coaches were the norm on Chicago-California trains. On Union Pacific, only its dome coaches were carpeted and were also otherwise much more striking in decor. This picture is from the fleet of flattop coaches. The same coaches ran interchangeably on all of the Cities trains and on the Challenger.