In this Southern Pacific publicity photo train #1, the "Sunset Limited" (New Orleans - Los Angeles) rolls westward up the eastern side of Beaumont Pass just outside of Palm Springs, California in the early 1950s. Free for commercial use, no attribution required. Sunset Limited Southern Pacific circa 1910.JPG 1,262 × 813; 333 KB. See more ideas about pacific, train, railroad. OCLC 48551573. Many were pulled up in the 1970's and 1980's although others were removed long before that. In addition, opened 20 years before the Panama Canal, the Sunset Route vastly shortened the time to reach the West Coast from the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as New Orleans was already an established seaport for Atlantic shipping lines’ passengers, seeking to reach the US interior. The westbound train leaves New Orleans just after rush hour, arriving in Lafayette at lunchtime and just after the afternoon rush in Houston. [11], A 1929 consist included:[citation needed]. The Southern Pacific system in 1904. Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930 - Kindle edition by Orsi, Richard J.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. A 1952 consist of the "Sunset Limited." Since 1981, the Sunset Limited has run in tandem with the Texas Eagle. somewhat after the carrier has chosen not to reinstate the train’s In the boom years following World War II, SP decided that it was time for the Sunset to join the streamliner ranks. As time has passed, particularly since the January 2006 completion of the rebuilding of damaged tracks east of New Orleans by their owner CSX Transportation Inc., the obstacles to restoration of the Sunset Limited's full route have been more managerial and political than physical. The Sunset Route (originating in New Orleans) is the southernmost of the three gateways to the West Coast envisioned through the Pacific Railroad Acts. In the summer of 1926, it was scheduled at 71 hr 40 min New Orleans to San Francisco; it then carried a coast-to-coast sleeper from Jacksonville to Los Angeles. The plans were halted when Union Pacific stated that to get a daily Sunset Limited, Amtrak would need to pay $750 million for infrastructure improvements.[18]. remained a respectable, yet low-key operation on the SP for the first Officials announced plans for up to four daytime rail trips per day within 24 months, serving the cities of New Orleans, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula. Union Pacific, which had acquired Southern Pacific earlier in the year, wanted to abandon a decaying portion of its Phoenix–Yuma "West Line". "Sunset Limited illuminates not only the workings and ambitions of the Southern Pacific railroad but teaches us a great deal about the late nineteenth and early twentieth century American West as well. [20] In June 2018, the commission missed the deadline for submitting a request for service restoration along the Gulf. The Texas Eagle, which runs daily between San Antonio and Chicago, operates as a section of the Sunset Limited on the days the latter train operates. The Sunset is well known because it was one of SP’s flagship trains. This train is one of only three of Amtrak's 15 long-distance services which operate just three days a week (the others being the Empire Builder and the California Zephyr). 101, westbound, headed by Engine No. Pacific Fruit Express. The Sunset was not spared from the sharp decline in rail service from the 1950s onward. Pacific had all but given up on passenger service, a sad end to a once The Sunset Limited was even combined with the Golden State passenger train west of El Paso in 1964. shop lounge (later this was switched to a hamburger grill lounge), and The amount of information found there is quite staggering; historical backgrounds of wheel arrangements, types used by virtually every railroad, preserved and operational examples, and even those used in other countries (North America and beyond). The attack killed one person and injured dozens of others. Alas, in 2013 the site closed by thankfully Don Strack rescued the data and transferred it over to his, reading and information about the train please click here, 1957 timetable and consist information about the train please click here. 150 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. One runs on a side track, and the other dashes by at a high rate of speed. At San Antonio, a through coach and a through sleeper from the Texas Eagle combine with the Sunset Limited for the journey westward and split eastward. Also just like the Pennsy the Southern Pacific (also referred to affectionately as the “Espee” by railfans and historians after its SP reporting marks) has such a history that entire libraries of books could be written on the differing aspects of the railroad. it remains to be seen whether Amtrak will eventually reinstate the Southern Pacific was as good as its word. original route (under Amtrak) to Tallahassee, Florida for unknown However, Amtrak still lacks the equipment and funds needed to move to daily service. This was the state of the train when Amtrak took control in May 1971. Railroad. The times allow several 7- to 12-hour rides between major-city pairs; for example, overnight between Tucson or Maricopa (for Phoenix) and Los Angeles in both directions.[14]. Listed as trains #1 (westbound) and #2 (eastbound) on Sanford was, and still is, the servicing point for Amtrak's Auto Train. 2433, a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, with a consist of eight cars. During the 1960s, amenities were progressively cut back, culminating in the elimination of the dining car, lounge car and all sleeping cars. Thompson, Anthony W. (1992). [21], In June 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration announced a grant award of $33 million to restore Amtrak service between New Orleans and Mobile, and to upgrade tracks, stations, and other facilities to support improved passenger rail service. SOUTHERN PACIFIC. In January 2016, Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission announced jointly that a Gulf Coast passenger rail inspection trip was to be made from New Orleans to Jacksonville, with elected officials among those on board during the February 18–19 excursion. Acquired a reputation, especially in California, as the line through Louisiana been... 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