Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
The City of Los Angeles arrives in Los Angeles in March, 1971.
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A City of Los Angeles Slide Show.
The Union Pacific's City of Los Angeles and the ATSF's San Diegan at Union Station in Los Angeles in March, 1971.
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The City of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California via Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles it ran on the Union Pacific Railroad; east of Omaha it ran on the Chicago and North Western Railway until October 1955 and on the Milwaukee Road thereafter. The train had number 103 westbound and number 104 eastbound.
This train was the top-of-the-line for UP, which marketed it as a competitor to the Super Chief, a streamlined passenger train on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the Golden State, a streamlined passenger train jointly operated by the Rock Island and Southern Pacific railroads. As with the City of Los Angeles, many of the train's cars bore the names of locales in and around its namesake city.
CNW / UP used one of two three-unit sets of EMC E2 locomotives as motive power beginning in 1937. The UP scored a public relations coup in the mid-1950s when the City of Los Angeles was featured in two episodes of the popular television series I Love Lucy. In 1955 the Milwaukee Road assumed the service, replacing the Chicago and North Western between Chicago and Omaha. Actor Ronald Reagan often traveled on this train and even did a full page print ad for it that appeared in the National Geographic magazine. In a cost-cutting move, the City of Los Angeles was combined with the City of San Francisco in 1960.
In 1979 Amtrak created the Desert Wind, running mostly on the City of LA route from Los Angeles to Ogden, Utah where it connected to the Oakland-Chicago train. (After a year or two some of its cars ran through to Chicago.) The Desert Wind ceased operation in 1997.
Other railroad uses of the name City of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles name has also been applied to a 48-seat diner built by the St. Louis Car Company in 1949. The car was originally UP No. 4808 and is currently owned and operated by the Union Pacific as part of their excursion fleet.
A typical City of Los Angeles train consist around 1955 included:
EMD E9 A-B-A diesel locomotive set
Mail express 5707
Baggage dormitory 3107
Placid series sleeper 11-double bedroom Placid Lake
Placid series sleeper 11-double bedroom Placid Dune
Sleeper 4-4-2 Imperial Hill
Astra Dome diner 8008
Sleeper 4-4-2 Imperial Club
Sleeper 5-2-2 Ocean Beach
Sleeper 5-2-2 Ocean Bay
Astra Dome lounge observation 9009
The Streamliner, City of Los Angeles, 39-3/4 hours between Chicago and Los Angeles, carrys de luxe coaches, standard sleeping cars, dining cars, club and lounge cars. Ten round trips are made each month.
Station stops, 1950
Chicago, IL (Chicago & North Western)
Cedar Rapids, IA
Omaha, NE (Union Pacific)
Fremont, NE (departing passengers only)
Columbus, NE (departing passengers only)
Kearney, NE (departing passengers only)
Grand Island, NE
North Platte, NE
Green River, WY
Salt Lake City, UT
Las Vegas, NV
San Bernardino, CA
East Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Text: wikipedia.org. Images: Public Domain; http://www.commons.wikimedia.org (unless otherwise specified) and 17 U.S. Code § 107 fair use. References: Lewis, Robert G. The Handbook of American Railroads. New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1951, 2nd Edition 1956. Site Map Contact webmaster HERE.
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