The Union Pacific introduced the "City of Las Vegas" on December 18, 1956. The service initially used General Motors' experimental Aerotrain trainset, but the Union Pacific ended their lease within a year due to maintenance and performance problems including needing a helper engine to climb Cajon Pass. The train continued with standard streamlined cars in UP's Armour Yellow paint, leaving Los Angeles in the morning and returning in the evening.
On September 24, 1961 the name was changed to "Las Vegas Holiday Special", when the consist and frequency were reduced. Service ended altogether on June 15, 1968.
The City of Las Vegas at Cajon Pass.
Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
Sample consist - September 15, 1957:
No. 5728 Mail car
No. 5360 coach (48 seats)
No. 5339 coach (48 seats)
No. 4000 lunch counter-dinette
No. 1502 "Pub" buffet-lounge
No. 5353 coach (48 seats)
No. 5352 coach (48 seats)
No. 5332 coach (48 seats)
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