RailPictures.Net Photo: AMTK 3341 Amtrak Budd Tavern Observation at San Luis Obispo, California by Douglas G. Walker
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Budd Tavern Observation (more..)
San Luis Obispo, California, USA (more..)
March, 1973
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AMTK 3341 (more..)
AMTK 13 (more..)
Douglas G. Walker (more..)
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Amtrak's train #13, the Coast Daylight, led by a pair of Southern Pacific SDP45s and consisting of just six cars, is seen at San Luis Obispo, California, in March 1973. The Daylight operated between Los Angeles and Oakland, and was a much shorter train than the Coast Starlight (Los Angeles to Seattle, WA) that also operated on this line. The Daylight operated northbound on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while the southbound train (#12) operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Starlights operated on the days not operated by the Daylights. Beginning with the June 10, 1973, timetable, this Coast Starlight became a daily train, and the Coast Daylight was relegated to an historical footnote in Amtrak lore. This accounts for the unusual numbering of trains #11 and #14, the Coast Starlight They were numbered around trains #12 and #13, the Coast Daylight. When trains 12 and 13 disappeared, the remaining trains, 11 and 14, remained. (The rear car, Amtrak 3341, is a 1947-built tavern observation that was acquired from the Seaboard Coast Line [ex-SCL 5841, originally Seaboard Air Line 6601], constructed by Budd.)
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