The Domeliner City of Los Angeles

In the early 1950s, the City of Los Angeles was Union Pacific’s all-Pullman equivalent of the Santa Fe Super Chief. Since it didn’t have coaches, it gained only two domes in 1955: a dome-diner and a dome-observation. This meant passengers had only 24 dome seats, plus 18 more in the diner during dinner hours. Still, that was more than the 16 dome seats in the Super Chief‘s Pleasure Dome.

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Like the City of Portland, the City of Los Angeles‘s dome-diner had a private room called the Gold Room, in this case decorated with Hollywood-themed wallpaper and yellow privacy curtains. In the photo below, the camera is facing towards the front of the train; another table is right behind the photographer. Two extra chairs are available to allow a fifth person to sit on the ends of each table.

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The postcard below shows the main dining room in the City of Los Angeles dome-diner. In the background it can be seen that the murals differ somewhat from those used on the City of Portland.

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As shown in the photo below–which was obviously used by the illustrator who designed the cover of the above brochure–the City of Los Angeles had a neon drumhead similar to that of the City of Portland.

Stephen Brown, whose photos I’ve used here before, took a short ride on the City of Los Angeles from Salt Lake City to Green River, Utah, in 1969. Below is a photo he took from one of the domes.

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