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Date: 08/05/22 15:56
SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: JanGAustin

I'm not sure exactly when the Southern Pacific inaugurated the Pacific Coast Express but it wasn't too much before this image was taken at the Gerber, California in November 1991. It had very high priority on the I5 corridor thus it was powered by the relatively new GP 60s.

Jan Austin
Chico, CA
Photography by Jan G. Austin




Date: 08/05/22 16:55
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: SPJoe

Great shot!
Joe



Date: 08/05/22 17:02
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: photobob

That was one of my favorite trains when I moved to Dunsmuir. You could always count on an early morning arrival from the north. Nice photo of those EMD's.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/22 17:03 by photobob.



Date: 08/05/22 18:17
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: jgilmore

Nice one...

JG



Date: 08/05/22 18:19
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: STGuyII

Did this train run via the coast line, given its name? I think SP wanted against having through freights on the coast around that time, for the most part.



Date: 08/05/22 18:42
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: DynamicBrake

Nice one Jan.  I'll bet they were at track speed too.  Thanks for sharing.

Kent in CArmel Valley



Date: 08/05/22 19:25
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: EricSP

STGuyII Wrote:
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> Did this train run via the coast line, given its
> name? I think SP wanted against having through
> freights on the coast around that time, for the
> most part.

No, I saw it on the Fresno Line frequently.



Date: 08/05/22 21:31
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: Mr-Beechcroft

STGuyII Wrote:
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> Did this train run via the coast line, given its
> name? I think SP wanted against having through
> freights on the coast around that time, for the
> most part.
Never ran down the coast.

Adam



Date: 08/05/22 22:29
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: E25

Back in the Sixties' and Seventies' I think they were known as the Pacific Coast Expediter and the Starpacer.  Very classy trains, often powered with passenger-class F7s.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



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Date: 08/06/22 08:48
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: sphogger

Might have been the EUCI (?) that ran down the Coast years ago. City of Industry.  Paper for LA Basin newspapers.  High priority train.  Back when we  changed crews at Davis on trains off the West Valley.  

sphogger



Date: 08/06/22 12:16
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: texchief1

Very nice wshot, Jan!

RC Lundgren



Date: 08/06/22 14:46
Re: SP's Pacific Coast Express - Early Version
Author: sp3204

Ran down the valley with the next crew change on this train at Roseville. I caught this train in the pool many times going from Roseville to Bakersfield, 289 miles. The northbound counterpart was symboled the LAPCX.



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