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In Issue 33 of the SPHTS publication Trainline, Fred Hill had a list of all passenger trains that he could find names for. One of them was the Sierra, the only information he had was that it ran from 1928.
While browsing John Signor's book: Donner Pass, I found the following information:
The train was called various names over the years, but was originally called the Reno Passenger, then the Tonopah Express, then the Sierra Special and finally the Sierra.
From a 1935 Public Timetable, it was seen that the train ran from San Francisco to Sacramento and then to Reno.
Dark numbers are PM times.
Standard Sleeper San Francisco to Reno returns on No.9
Occupied until 8:00am at Reno; ready for occupancy at Reno at 9:00pm
Coaches San Francisco and Reno, Sparks
In a 1940 SP Public Timetable, only 210 is listed, I cannot seem to find the 289 or 295 trains. It is also considerably more difficult for me to interpret as train 210 is listed in at least 4 sections. There are now stops in Truckee for connections to Lake Tahoe, and times at Reno for stage connections to Alturas and Klamath Falls among other places.
The Sierra was discontinued in 1942 so did not make the 1946 SP Equipment circular.
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