Southern Pacific SHASTA DAYLIGHT 14 Car Passenger Train
In June, 1946 the Southern Pacific Railroad ordered 29 cars from Pullman-Standard for what would be its final and “best” new passenger train, the Shasta Daylight to run between Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon. The new Shasta Daylight entered service on July 10, 1949 along the 718 mile Shasta Route, so named for the majestic 14,162 foot high Mt. Shasta located along the line north of Redding. The distinguishing feature for the new trains was the inclusion of extra-large 34 inch “Sky view” windows (30% larger than standard windows) for viewing the fabulous scenery along the line. Included in the train were new triple-unit coffee shop/kitchen/diner articulated cars and the 54 seat Timberline Tavern lounge cars. All cars were smooth-sided, a departure from past S.P. practice. Two Parlor/observation cars from the 1941 Coast Daylight were rebuilt for service on the Shasta Daylights.
This is a custom built train set using American Models 81’ car bodies for basic shells. Laser Horizons created special .020 styrene sides based on the prototype drawings. Correct car body details came from a variety of sources including brass BTS brake sets, generators, car end steam & air lines. Additional information and photos available on request.
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