Category Archives: Southern Pacific

Coast Starlight Predecessors: Southern Pacific Coast and Shasta Routes

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Southern Pacific-Rock Island Golden State

The Chicago-LA  streamliner Golden State wasn’t orange and white, as this artist’s rendering looks, but red and silver, and was that for only the first couple of years of its life as a streamliner, from 1948 until soon after 1950, … Continue reading

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It depends where you are in California: Southern Pacific City of San Francisco snowbound

The caption to the photo below, from Yenne, Bill, ed., All Aboard! The Golden Age of Rail Travel, reads in part: “In January 1952, a monstrous blizzard trapped passengers aboard the City of San Francisco for four days.” Somewhere in my collection … Continue reading

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Chicago to LA streamliners in 1949: Super Chief, Chief, El Capitan, City of LA, Golden State

Train service changed continually, so we can talk only about a moment in time. Travel back with me to June 1949. There were far less people in the world than there are today, and less had money to travel, and, … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Union Station ticket sales wing

Today this wing of the station is reserved for special events, including, I believe, filming for movies and commercials. When I was a kid, each of the three railroads’ names appeared in sedate chrome or gold-colored metal lettering behind their … Continue reading

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Southern Pacific Shasta Daylight

Climbing over Cascasde Summit, the highest point on the Oakland to Portland route. Photo by Sandy Goodrick, reproduced here from Mike Schafer and Joe Welsh, Classic American Streamliners.  Southern Pacific introduced the Shasta Daylight in 1949, 13 years after the … Continue reading

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Southern Pacific Railroad matchbook, 1960s

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