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The Starlight


The Starlight Train 94/95 was the old Noon Daylight, whereas the Noon Daylight was a day train, the Starlight was an overnight train of chair cars.

The inaugural run of the Starlight was 2nd October 1949.

Like all SP passenger trains, equipment was swapped out when it need maintenance and as the Starlight was well down the importance ladder, consists changed regularly.

It started out as 16 cars long including 3 headend cars and gradually deteriorated over time although always having the 3 headend cars.

Due to less demand, winter consists were always shorter than summer consists.

By the end of 1956 it was down to 6 cars during the week and 5 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday.

It left before The Lark and arrived before 0700hrs at either terminal.

The last run of the Starlights was 14th July 1957, killed off by recession and changed traveling habits.

Train #94 "Starlight" December 1 1956
equipmentCar No.capacityFromToFromToViaReturn on Train #
Express Mon-Fri --- --- San FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP95
Baggage Mail --- --- San FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP95
Storage Mail Mon-Sat --- --- San FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP95
Tavern-Snack Bar Car --- ---- San FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP95
Chair 94344 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP95
Chair 94444 seatsSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSP95
information from SP Equipment Circular No.15
  • 6 Cars - Los Angeles to San Francisco
  • Train 97 is completely air conditioned
Train #95 "Starlight" December 1 1956
equipmentCar No.capacityFromToFromToViaReturn on Train #
Express Mon-Fri --- ---- Los AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP94
Storage Mail Mon-Sat --- ---- Los AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP94
Baggage Mail --- ---- Los AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP94
Tavern-Snack Bar Car --- ---- Los AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP94
Chair 94344 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP94
Chair 94444 seatsLos AngelesSan FranciscoLos AngelesSan FranciscoSP94
information from SP Equipment Circular No.15
  • 6 Cars - Los Angeles to San Francisco

References:

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

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