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SP Morning Daylight (14 April 1946)

Southern Pacific Lines

Overview

Daylight herald

14 April 1946 was the date when World War II restrictions were removed, allowing the reinstatement of the tavern and straight parlor cars on the Morning Daylight plus the restoration of "duplicate service" on the Coast Line in the form of the Noon Daylight.

This page depicts Southern Pacific's Train 98, the eastbound (San Francisco to Los Angeles) Morning Daylight, on that day as specified in a Southern Pacific consist list issued 30 March 1946. The document actually refers to the Coast Daylight, but that name did not actually become official until 22 April 1952, several years after the final run of the Noon Daylight.

Consist


SP GS-4 SP 4430-4457 (GS-4). While SP consist lists from 1946 to 1958 identified the specific cars to be used, locomotives were assigned from the pool of available locomotives. One of the 28 GS-4 locomotives (or the two GS-5s, which were GS-4s with roller bearings on their drivers) would have been the typical power.
SP 3302 (class 79-CB-1) SP 3302 (79-CB-1), chair baggage car built by Pullman-Standard in 1939 (lot 6588, plan 7415) when the Daylight was first re-equipped. These cars included a 19'10" long baggage compartment, a news agent counter, and 44 seats.
SP 2457 and 2458 (class 66-ACW/M-2)
SP 2457 (66-ACM-2) +
SP 2458 (66-ACW-2)
  
Articulated chair cars with 46 seats per car, built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plans 7423A and 7424A).
SP 2477 and 2478 (class 66-ACW/M-2)
SP 2477 (66-ACM-2) +
SP 2478 (66-ACW-2)
  
Articulated chair cars with 46 seats per car, built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plans 7423A and 7424A).
SP 2479 and 2480 (class 66-ACW/M-2)
SP 2479 (66-ACM-2) +
SP 2480 (66-ACW-2)
  
Articulated chair cars with 46 seats per car, built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plans 7423A and 7424A).
SP 10256, SP 10257, SP 10258 (class 70-AD-3, 57-AD-2, 70-AD-4)
SP 10258 (70-AD-4) +
SP 10257 (57-AD-2) +
SP 10256 (70-AD-3)
  
Triple-unit diner, consisting of a coffee shop car, kitchen car, and dining room car, built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plans 7416A, 7417A, and 7418A, respectively) to re-equip the Morning Daylight.
SP 2492 (class 79-C-2) SP 2492 (79-C-2), 44-seat chair car built for the San Joaquin Daylight by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plan 7422A) as part of a group of nine cars. (Four others were assigned to general Daylight service, while the remaining three were built for the San Francisco Challenger.) These two cars, each of which was equipped with a radio antenna to provide news and music for the train, became notable as the last two cars to wear the San Joaquin Daylight herald.
SP 2473 and 2474 (class 66-ACW/M-2)
SP 2473 (66-ACM-2) +
SP 2474 (66-ACW-2)
  
Articulated chair cars with 46 seats per car, built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plans 7423A and 7424A). The trailing car, SP 2474, includes a radio antenna to provide news and music aboard the train.
SP 2467 and 2468 (class 66-ACW/M-2)
SP 2467 (66-ACM-2) +
SP 2468 (66-ACW-2)
  
Articulated chair cars with 46 seats per car, built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plans 7423A and 7424A).
SP 2489 (class 79-C-2) SP 2489 (79-C-2), 44-seat chair car, one of four built for the Daylight pool by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plan 7422A) as part of a group of nine cars. (Two other cars were for the San JoaquinDaylight service, while the remaining three were built for the San Francisco Challenger.)
SP 10315 (class 79-T-1) SP 10315 (79-T-1), tavern car built by Pullman-Standard in 1939 (lot 6592, plan 7421) for the re-equipped Daylight.
SP 3002 (class 79-PR-1) SP 3002 (79-PR-1), 27-seat parlor car built by Pullman-Standard in 1939 (lot 6591, plan 7420) for the Daylight.
SP 2955 (class 79-PRO-2) SP 2955 (79-PRO-2), 22-seat parlor observation built by Pullman-Standard in 1941 (lot 6638, plan 7419A) for the Daylight.

Daylight drumhead

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