Amtrak’s southbound (eastbound, in Southern Pacific vernacular) Coast Starlight, train #11, makes its stop in San Luis Obispo, California – roughly halfway between Oakland and Los Angeles. (The train originated in Seattle, Washington.) Even though the stop is only scheduled for five minutes (from 1:40 to 1:45 pm), the train receives some servicing here – the steam generators’ water supply is topped off, and the windshields are washed (just as gas stations used to do back in the day). From San Luis Obispo, it will take SDP40Fs 556 and 551 another four-hours and forty-minutes to get to Los Angeles.
July 03, 1974