Southern Pacific Passenger Trains: Night Trains of the Coast Route; Day Trains of the Coast Line (2 volumes)
La Mirada, CA: Four Ways West Publications, 1986; 2000. First Edition. 4to. 192; 400 pp. Profusely illustrated with black & white photo-reproductions; maps; schematics; menus; vintage business advertisements. Clothbound in color illustrated dustackets. Both volumes are in fine condition. Item #21361
Volume I is a fascinating history of the Southern Pacific's passenger night trains along the California coast, providing a detailed look at The Lark, the Sunset Express, the Sunset Limited, the Coaster, the Starlight, the Coast Mail, military trains, and the challenge of Santa Margarita Hill. With list of named trains, and rosters of passenger motive power and of Los Angeles passenger terminal switchers. Volume 2 "Featuring passenger operations with emphasis on the Coast Line from the opening of the route, through the great years, depression and war years, the Daylight's finest hour & finally, fading spirit. Included within are the heavyweight modernization & air conditioning, a complete history of SP's lightweight chair cars and Daylight dining service.