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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
This information has been compiled from postings to the SP Mailing list.
Southern Pacific operated two trains called The Owl; one a train between Oakland Pier and Los Angeles and the other a train between Dallas and Houston.
This page is for the California one.
The Owl's first run was as the Owl Limited on December 18th 1898, it ran under Train Numbers 25 and 26.
During the Depression from 1932 to 1936 the West Coast and the Owl were combined.
The 1946 SP Equipment circular lists the The Owl, Train #57/58
Partition coach on the west coast? This one also piqued my curiosity.
Kyle Wyatt provides the following:- However, since the Owl is a West Coast train, Jim Crow seems unlikely. Rather, it's probably dividing smoking and non-smoking in separate compartments. Remember, before WW II smokers were separated in special areas of the train (and elsewhere). It was only after the war, when all the addicted soldiers returned (free cigarettes in military rations), that people insisted on smoking anywhere they wanted.
Owl #58 January 17, 1947
more info to follow...
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