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Passenger Trains

The Del Monte


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This information has been compiled from postings to the SP Mailing list by Jeff Cauthen.

The Del Monte was sort of a commute train that ran from San Jose to Pacific Grove. It was discontinued in April 1971. For many years she carried Train No.s 77 and 78, later changed to 126-139 and later still 126-141, these were San Francisco Commute service Train numbers.

This train also carried the famous "Oliver Millet" see references below.

SP Equipment Register #14
issued June 2, 1946
SP Equipment Register #15
issued February 1, 1955
Del Monte #77-78Revised Consist Issue date: May 15, 1956
Car typeRoutingCar typeRouting
Mail Baggage *SJ-PG PG-SJMail Baggage (ex Sunday)SJ-PG PG-SJ
Mail Baggage **SF-PG PG-SFMail Baggage (Sunday only) SF-PG PG-SF
CoachSF-PG PG-SFAC Chair car (ex Sat.)SF-PG PG-SF
LoungeSF-PG PG-SFCoachSF-PG PG-SF
CoachSF-PG PG-SFAC Chair carSF-PG PG-SF
Coach ***SF-PG PG-SFParlor-Buffet ObsSF-PG PG-SF
Coach ***SF-PG PG-SFChair car (ex Sat. & Sun.)SF-SJ SJ-SF
Coach ***SF-PG PG-SF
Parlor-Buffet ObsSF-PG PG-SF
* On Train 120 SF-SJ except Sunday
** Sunday only
*** Bucket seats
SJ = San JoseSF = San FranciscoPG = Pacific GroveAC = Air Conditioned
Note: the train didn't turn at Pacific Grove so the running order was reversed returning to San Francisco

References:

Further reading on the history of the Del Monte can be found online in the South Bay Historical Railroad Societys' newletters.
"The Santa Clara Block" specifically:

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