Union Pacific City of Los Angeles in Wyoming

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Union Pacific City of Los Angeles Redwood Lounge Car

UPredwoodlgeFrom the booklet “California,” from which the text about Union Pacific’s California trains is produced in a post below.

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.

 

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Union Pacific City of Los Angeles, Challenger, City of St. Louis leg-rest coach

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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.

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Union Pacific dome atop a coach

UPcaliforniaDOMECOACHFrom the booklet “California,” of which more text is produced in a post below.

A dome coach ran on the City of Los Angeles and City of St. Louis, as well as on the Challenger when it and the City of LA ran as all-coach and all-sleeping car trains during summers and Christmas seasons.  Before the late fifties, when the COLA and Challenger were placed on the same schedule and ran as one train (COLA) most of the year, the Challenger carried the dome coach (once domes were added in 1955), and coach passengers on the COLA had to accept, as far as access to a dome was concerned, dining in the dome of the diner. My grandparents traveled from Chicago to LA in coach on the COLA, and my grandfather said breakfast in the dome on the morning the train arrived in LA was the nicest train experience he’d ever had.

 

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Union Pacific City of LA at East Los Angeles Station

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From East LA, the last stop before LA Union Station, Union Pacific buses carried passengers to towns throughout the LA area. At Fullerton, when I was a boy, Union Pacific had a beautiful, historic station served by bus connection to and from East LA. In the ’80s the Fullerton depot was moved across Harbor Boulevard and across the UP and SFE tracks to become the historic Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant, next to the present, very active and historic Amtrak (Santa Fe) station.

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Union Pacific California booklet

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Reproduced below, from the Union Pacific booklet “California,” are the pages that tell about its trains to California. Note the reference to the Challenger as a summer and Christmas-season train. The Challenger Streamliner or Challenger Domeliner’s brief years as a year-round train on a schedule independent of the City of LA are past. Of course the Challenger’s pre-streamlined, pre-war and war-years existence were its peak.

To enlarge print for easier reading, click on the print and then click again on the enlargement.

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Royal Gorge along the Arkansas River between Pueblo and Tennessee pass

ROYALGORGEforJuly2014post3Reproduced here from a Vanishing Vistas post card, attributed there to the D&RGW RR archives courtesy of the State Historical Society of Colorado.

 

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