This page depicts Southern Pacific's Train 52,
the eastbound San Joaquin Daylight
(Oakland to Los Angeles),
in spring 1957. It is based on the photo at right, from
page 261 of Southern Pacific Passenger Trains -
Volume 2 - Day Trains of the Coast Line.
The San Joaquin Daylight
ran from 4 July 1941 until the end of SP passenger train
service on 30 April 1971. Amtrak elected not to continue
the train, though there now is an Amtrak
San Joaquin service
which runs between Oakland and Bakersfield.
This page depicts Southern Pacific's Train 52, the eastbound San Joaquin Daylight (Oakland to Los Angeles), in spring 1957. It is based on the photo at right, from page 261 of Southern Pacific Passenger Trains - Volume 2 - Day Trains of the Coast Line.
The San Joaquin Daylight ran from 4 July 1941 until the end of SP passenger train service on 30 April 1971. Amtrak elected not to continue the train, though there now is an Amtrak San Joaquin service which runs between Oakland and Bakersfield.
|EMD F7A, class DF-7, later EF415A-7) is a freight unit added at Bakersfield as point helper for the mountain crossing to Mojave. Several years earlier, the helper might have been an Alco RSD-5, assisting Alco PA/PB road power painted in Daylight colors, but not today. Built in 1951, most of 6353's features have been upgraded to newer standards including a larger 1,500-gallon fuel tank, Farr intake grilles, slotted carbody filters, and a 48" dynamic brake fan.(|
|EMD FP7, class DF-12, later EP415A-5) and an F7B are the road power for the Oakland-to-Los Angeles trip. It is one of 16 FP7s purchased by the Southern Pacific for passenger service on mountainous lines such as the Tehachapis. Even though the dome cars had appeared two years earlier, it had yet to receive icicle breaker bars ("antlers"), though the tunnels in the relatively warm Tehachapis aren't likely to pose much risk.(|
|DF-4, later EP415B-1) assists 6454. It is one of the 1949-built units, which had smaller fuel tanks and 36" dynamic brake fans.(class|
|ex 80-BP-60-1), baggage-postal car with a 20-foot baggage section and 60-foot RPO section, built by St. Louis Car Company in 1937.(|
|ex 80-BH-1), baggage-express car built by St. Louis Car Company in 1937 as a class 80-BH-1 baggage-horse car.(|
|60-B-8), baggage-express car, a Harriman-style heavyweight car built by Pullman in 1909.(|
|79-C-2), 44-seat chair car. Normally by this date, the first car after the head-end equipment would have been baggage-chair car 3300 or 3301, originally built for the 1937 Daylight. When unavailable, they were replaced by either 2492 or 2493, which were 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.(|
|77-D-10), coffee shop diner built as a 40-seat diner by Pullman-Standard in 1937 (lot 6500, plan 7380) for the original Daylight.(|
|83-DL-1), dome lounge converted by Southern Pacific's Sacramento General Shops in May 1955 from 1936-built Daylight parlor car SP 3000 (77-PR-1). It was assigned to the San Joaquin Daylight along with SP 3600, the shorter 1954 prototype for SP's eventual fleet of seven unique 3/4-length dome cars. Note that SP 3604 has the wider orange window band of the Shasta Daylight - all six of the 1955 domes were built with the Shasta's larger, 34"-tall windows on the main level. (One of the other 83-DL-1 domes, SP 3602, built for San Francisco Overland service, has been preserved.)(|
|79-C-1), 44-seat chair car built by Pullman-Standard in 1939 (lot 6593, plan 7422) for the Daylight.(|
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