Southern Pacific Daylight

This 12-page booklet is undated, but it describes the Daylight (not yet called the Coast Daylight) as if it were brand new, which puts it to 1937. Another indication that the booklet came out with the new train is that the only photographs of the train show interiors, while exterior illustrations are paintings or other graphics.

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“The primary purpose of the Daylight is to give its passengers an opportunity to see the beautiful California coast in the utmost luxury and comfort, at minimum fares,” the booklet claims. “However,” it adds, “the Daylight will operate on the fastest regular schedule in history between San Francisco and Los Angeles,” going an average of “about fifty miles an hour” (actually 48 mph).


Southern Pacific Daylight — 1 Comment

  1. I think 1937 is an accurate guess. The locomotive on the back cover is the 4410, the very first GS-2 built for the Daylight. As I recall, there was some debate about the final color scheme for the cars, which is probably why there are only interior photos. Everyone in the Lounge looks happy though, all the guys drinking and smoking like chimneys, and all the ladies in funny hats. I’m surprised at the picture of the train along the coast, wreathed in heavy smoke, with the caption of “100 miles of this…”. I don’t know if the SP realized passengers didn’t want 10 miles of smoke. The railroad had a rigidly enforced policy of clean stacks on passenger trains, so I don’t know how that photo made it into the brochure. Must have been a railfan doing the editing. 🙂

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