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The last “City of Los Angeles” …

The last “City of Los Angeles”

San Bernardino, CA

May 01, 1971

Union Pacific’s City of Los AngelesEastbound…

Union Pacific’s City of Los Angeles
Eastbound at Summit, Calif., April 30, 1971; photo by R. T. Sharp

Power for 104 by Kevin Cavanaugh Via Flickr…

Power for 104

Power for 104 by Kevin Cavanaugh

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The power for UP train #104, the e/b “City of Los Angeles” pulls through the interlocking of Mission Tower just east of LAUPT, on Jan. 3, 1971. The five E’s in a A-B-B-B-A configuration will be put on the train, which has already been pulled up to the depot by a switcher, from the coach yards in East Los Angeles. At 12:20pm, the train led by E9A 908, will pull out of the depot and start its journey to Chicago. Only four months remain before AMTRAK day and trains 103/104 will be no more. This is one of those, ‘I should have snapped the shutter three or four seconds sooner’ shots. Oh well, try and duplicate this today!

UP tr#103 @ San Bernardino by Kevin Cavanaugh…

UP tr#103 @ San Bernardino

UP tr#103 @ San Bernardino by Kevin Cavanaugh

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The City of Los Angeles arrives in San Bernardino on Dec. 06, 1970. Three more stops await w/b #103 before arriving at LAUPT, and less than five months until it’s history.

Six months and counting by Kevin Cavanaugh …

Six months and counting

Six months and counting by Kevin Cavanaugh

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IIRC it took five sets of equipment to cover the rotations of the City of Los Angeles/Challenger over the UP/Milwaukee Road between LA and Chicago. Here, are two of the five, meeting at Colton, CA on the Santa Fe’s Third District on October 4 , 1970. Eastbound train #104 behind E8A 926 is about to cross the SP while a somewhat tardy train #103 passes by on the adjacent main. #103 was due at San Bernadino straight up at 11:00 AM while #104 was to stop at 2:40 PM. Assuming the e/b was close to on time, this meet should have taken place somewhere between LAUPT and East Los Angeles.

A dome lounge car on the eastbound City of L…

A dome lounge car on the eastbound City of Los Angeles is seen in front of UP’s Riverside depot.

1969

UP E8A 930 City Of Los Angeles Cajon Pass Su…

UP E8A 930 City Of Los Angeles Cajon Pass Summit CA 1968 JEH Coll

UP E8A 930 City Of Los Angeles Cajon Pass Summit CA 1968 JEH Coll

The City of Los Angeles heading into Los Angel…

The City of Los Angeles heading into Los Angeles out in the smoggy countryside near Riverside in the late 1960s shows the essence of Domeliner grace and power in its last years.

Following a significant, overnight snowfall …

Following a significant, overnight snowfall the last week of December, the UP’s westbound “Cities” were running many hours late. Probably the combined City of Los Angeles/San Francisco/Challenger.

Kearney, NE

December, 1966

The eastbound, all sleeping car section of the…

The eastbound, all sleeping car section of the City of Los Angeles-City of St. Louis  coming into San Bernardino off the “short way” behind four E-units. The green flags indicate the Challenger coach section is following. There was a nationwide airline strike between July 8 and August 19, 1966. For a little over a month it was like old times for U.S. passenger trains.

August, 1966