Category Archives: Union Pacific City of Los Angeles

Ronald Reagan advertising the Union Pacific Domeliner City of Los Angeles

  This was before he was governor, before he was president. The ad appeared in the National Geographic in the mid ’50s. The City of LA was also the train featured on the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy kept … 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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Union Pacific dome diners: two interior color schemes

  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.      

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Union Pacific City of Los Angeles in Wyoming

From the Union Pacific booklet “California”

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Union Pacific City of Los Angeles Redwood Lounge Car

From 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 … Continue reading

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

  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. … Continue reading

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Union Pacific dome atop a coach

From 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 … Continue reading

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