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The Noon Daylight


A very comprehensive book has been written about the Coast Daylight by Richard.K.Wright. Copies are still available from shops etc. if you are at all interested in this train, then I would advise the purchase of said book.
Having said that, this page will then be but a very brief overview of Train #94/95.

The Noon Daylight was introduced on March 30th 1940 due to demand for travel on the Mornng/Coast Daylight.

However, people preferred the ealier arrival times of the Morning/Coast Daylight and patronage did not meet expectations.

The Noon Daylight was discontinued for the World War II years not reinstated until 14th April 1946.

The Noon Daylight's last run was on 2nd October 1949 due to a lack of interest, SP then used the same equipment on the same run but as a overnight train called The Starlight Train 94/95.

Train #96 "Noon Daylight"
equipmentCar No.capacityFromToFromToViaReturn on Train #
Baggage Chair 21 40 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair (Articulated 22 46 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair (Articulated 23 46 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair (Articulated 24 46 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair (Articulated 25 46 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
-Coffee Shop-
-Kitchen-
-Diner-
-------------
--------
--------
San FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair 26 44 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair (Articulated 27 46 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair (Articulated 26 46 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Tavern --------------San FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Chair 29 44 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
Parlor Observation N-34 22 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP97
information from SP Equipment Circular No.14 June 2, 1946
  • 14 Cars - San Francisco to Los Angeles
  • Train 96 is completely air conditioned
Train #97 "Noon Daylight"
equipmentCar No.capacityFromToFromToViaReturn on Train #
Baggage Chair 21 40 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair (Articulated 22 46 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair (Articulated 23 46 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair (Articulated 24 46 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair (Articulated 25 46 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
-Coffee Shop-
-Kitchen-
-Diner-
-------------
--------
--------
Los AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair 26 44 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair (Articulated 27 46 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair (Articulated 28 46 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Tavern -------------Los AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
Chair 29 44 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP98
Parlor Observation N-3422 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP96
information from SP Equipment Circular No.14 June 2, 1946
  • 14 Cars - Los Angeles to San Francisco
  • Train 97 is completely air conditioned

References:

  • SP Passenger Train Consists and Cars 1955-1958 by Harry Stegmaier

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