City of Los Angeles Train Consists
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About Train Consists
The consist for any particular UP passenger train greatly depended on the location and date. Many UP passenger train consists changed as the train traversed its route, as well as month to month for seasonal variation in passenger needs. So, generalities about passenger train consists are often very hard to make. (Dick Harley, January 4, 2007)
City of Los Angeles and City of San Francisco (combined), 1962
Two sections of Union Pacific's "City of Los Angeles" departed eastbound from Ogden, Utah, on July 8, 1962. Summer time rail traffic was still good with the two sections showing the still heavy volume of business.
(from Camerail Club's The Mixed Train, Issue 2020-5)
Since 1959 the "City of San Francisco" (train #102) had been combined into the "City of Los Angeles" (train #104) and the "Challenger" (train #108), a summer time coach section to the COLA. On this date the Pullman space of the COLA and the COSF were combined into the Pullman first section; and the coach space of the COLA, COSF and Challenger were combined into the coach second section.
The Pullman section had 10 sleepers and to handle meal service a second diner was added. Due to the limited number of UP diners, on this train a Milwaukee diner was used. The Milwaukee diners were rarely used on the UP first class train with the reason being that they didn't have the storage and refrigeration space and the main reason was the UP dining department didn't care for the general design and decor of the car. However, there was a shortage of diners during the summer season and they were forced to use the Milwaukee diners (and crews).
The coach section had 17 coach cars with the meal service handled by two cafe lounge cars. Unlike the Pullman section, where all passengers used the diners, the coach section a good share of the passengers being responsible for their own meals, and there was not that much demand for diner services. Also note the use of the Milwaukee full length dome lounge is used on the coach section. The two digit loading number coaches were summertime only service along with a few extra added Challenger coaches.
Union Pacific Streamliner "City of Los Angeles" running in two sections eastbound from Ogden, Utah, on July 8, 1962:
1st 104, City of Los Angeles / City of San Francisco (Pullman section)
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|UP||5705||mail storage bagg|
|UP||Pacific Waters||10 rt-6 bedrm||1043|
|UP||Pacific Forest||10 rt-6 bedrm||1044|
|UP||Placid Waters||11 bedrm||1046|
|UP||Ocean Sands||5 bedrm-2 comp-2 dr rm||1047|
|UP||Pacific Skies||10 rt-6 bedrm||1049||(note 1)|
|UP||Imperial Sands||4 bedrm-4 comp-2 dr rm||1042|
|Milw||171||48 seat diner|
|PRR||Imperial Point||4 bedrm-4 compt-2 dr rm||1026|
|UP||Imperial Letter||4 bedrm-4 compt-2 dr rm||1025|
|SP||9038||10 rt-6 bedrm||1023|
|SP||9048||10 rt-6 bedrm||1022||(note 2)|
2nd 104, City of Los Angeles / Challenger / City of San Francisco (coach section)
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|UP||5452||44 seat coach||1027|
|Milw||628||40 seat coach||1028|
|SP||2424||40 seat coach||1029||(note 3)|
|Milw||615||40 seat coach||1040|
|UP||5428||44 seat coach||1041|
|UP||5401||44 seat coach||1042|
|UP||5526||44 seat coach||45||(note 1)|
|UP||5516||44 seat coach||1086(1)||(note 1)|
|UP||5443||44 seat coach||1087(1)||(note 1)|
|UP||5511||44 seat coach||42|
|UP||5510||44 seat coach||43|
|Milw||603||40 seat coach||1084|
|Milw||654||40 seat coach||1083|
|UP||5433||44 seat coach||1082|
|UP||5454||44 seat coach||1081|
|Milw||638||40 seat coach||1080|
(1) - off at Omaha
(2) - simulated stainless steel paint scheme
(3) - would be retired later that year, original "Golden Star"