About The Southern Pacific Railroad

(In Memory of my GrandPa C.F. Gillaspy-Southern Pacific T&NO  1919 to 1951)



About The Coast Daylight

The Coast Daylight was a passenger train originally run by the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, via SP's Coast Line. In the eyes of many, the "most beautiful passenger train in the world" featured a stunning red, orange, and black color scheme.The Coast Daylight had its inaugural run on March 1, 1937 and was hauled by GS-2 steam locomotives. It was the first one of the Daylight series of the Southern Pacific passenger trains that also included the San Joaquin Daylight, the Shasta Daylight, the Sacramento Daylight, and the Sunset Limited. The Coast Daylight ran behind steam from March 1937 until it was dieselized on January 7, 1955. After dieselization, the train continued to run until 1971, when Amtrak took over service and rerouted their Coast Daylight to Oakland. A second train known as the Noon Daylight ran on the same route between 1940 and 1949, with a suspension during World War II. In 1949, the Noon Daylight was replaced by an overnight train known as the Starlight using the same equipment. In 1956, coaches from the Starlight were added to the all-Pullman Lark and the Starlight was discontinued in 1957. Amtrak revived the train name for its Los Angeles to Seattle service known as the Coast Starlight.

 A typical 1946 passenger car consist:

    * Baggage Chair Car Combine
    * Articulated Chair Car (Pair)
    * Articulated Chair Car (Pair)
    * Articulated Chair Car (Pair)
    * Articulated Dining Car (Triple Unit)
    * Chair Car
    * Articulated Chair Car (Pair)
    * Articulated Chair Car (Pair)
    * Chair Car
    * Tavern Car
    * Parlor Car
    * Parlor Observation Car



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