|In the late 1960's,Southern Pacific was entering the last few years of operating trains numbers 1 and 2.
The "Limited" had already been dropped from the name by 1966. In the schedule of October 30. 1966 it is called the
The westbound Number 1 departed New Orleans at 12:01PM. It arrived the second morning in Los Angeles at 8:15AM. The train was chair car only as far as El Paso. Also there was no diner; only the "Automatic Buffet" car. From El Paso the Sunset became a first class train with the addition of sleeping cars and dining and lounge service.
|Above: Number 1 has stopped at El Paso on a October day in 1969. By this date, no diner or sleeper will be added here. Only an extra chair car.|
|The schedule at left is for the 1966 eastbound number 2. From El Paso to New Orleans it was coach only along with the Automatic Buffet Car. Westbound, sleepers and a diner would be added at El Paso as the Sunset combined with Rock Island's Golden State on to Los Angeles.|
|Number 1 became Number 3 west of El Paso as the combined Sunset-Golden State
Number 39 was the Rock Island Imperial,the mail train that ran on the same route as the Golden State.
All photos from the webpage author's collection.