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.
eastbound City of Los Angeles-Challenger-City of St. Louis, taken from Nichols Park on the west side of Riverside.
Coach section of the combined City of Los Angeles/City of St. Louis/Challenger at San Bernardino.
The coach section included two dome-coaches and the newly-modernized buffet-lounge (UP 4051) shown at the right side of the above photo. Five of these buffet-lounge cars (UP 4050-54) had been rebuilt by the UP from 3600-series diners in the spring of 1964 and placed into service on #103 and #104 just before Memorial Day, in time to help provide additional food and beverage service on the expanded summer consists. The UP train was just departing as the Santa Fe Grand Canyon arrived on the left behind five F-units. The Grand Canyon was due in at 3:40 PM.
City of Los Angeles/City of St. Louis/Challenger
The sleeping car section was ready to depart when the coach section arrived on a track nearer to the depot. The coach section had about twenty cars, including two Milwaukee Road coaches just ahead of UP 5433.
San Bernardino, CA
sleeping car section of UP #104, the eastbound City of Los Angeles/City of St. Louis/Challenger just as it is pulling to a stop in San Bernardino. It was scheduled to arrive at 3:25 PM and depart at 3:30 PM. The baggage-mail car (at location 1) with the 30-foot mail apartment was inherited from the City of St. Louis. It looks like a fair amount of mail was going to be loaded that day.
After idling most of the night, two Frisco E8s emit blue smoke as they throttle Train 101 Sunnyland out of Kansas City en route Memphis. SLSF named their E8s after famous race horses, and the last one on the roster, 2022, was named Champion.
July 09, 1966
The south bound “Sunnyland” is seen just south of SE Jct.
May 1, 1965
E7A 2002 (Comanche) on the Sunnyland at Fort Scott, Kansas in 1965 (George Strombeck).
E7A 2002 (Comanche) on Train #107, the Sunnyland, at Kansas City, Missouri in 1965 (George Strombeck).
E8A 2021 (Gallahadion) on the Sunnyland at Kansas City on July 28, 1964