Your Northbound California Trip

This 1946 brochure purports to show the northbound trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but is really an advertisement for the route than an along-the-way brochure for on-board passengers. The front cover shows a Daylight locomotive pulling 19 cars–the standard consist in 1946–along the California coast.

Click image to download a 3.7-MB PDF of this four-page brochure.

Inside are color photos of Yosemite and Sequoia parks, Mission Santa Barbara, and Monterey Bay, all beautiful sights but none visible from the train itself. In addition to the Coast Daylight, the brochure briefly mentions the overnight Lark, the Coaster, an “economy train” that ran two hours ahead of the Lark, the San Joaquin Daylight, and the Owl, an overnight train on the San Joaquin route.


Your Northbound California Trip — 1 Comment

  1. Almost every word and picture was reused from the previous brochures. The SP public relations boys knew how to save money. I wonder how many people on the commute train south from SF peer out the windows expecting to see prune orchards in bloom in the Santa Clara Valley?


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