The Golden State Limited was a joint train of the Rock
Island and Southern Pacific railroads and it ran between Chicago and Los
Angeles starting on October 2, 1902.
On January 4, 1948, the all lightweight GOLDEN STATE replaced the Golden State Limited. For a brief period (1948-1952), the cars were decorated with SP Daylight Red over stainless steel or aluminum paint. There were at least 75 cars painted that way. That is the period featured here. Most, but not all, pictures have a link to a larger image.
#3 WB Chicago->KC->Tucumcari->El Paso->LA #4 EB LA->El Paso->Tucumcari->KC->Chicago
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[GS at Nicklin, CA, May 1948]
[unable to get permission - Can anyone help me reach Frank Peterson?]
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Saturday Evening Post
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Used on the Southern Pacific cars
The RI used Zephyr lettering while the
SP used Roman lettering.
Used on stationary and menus for many years
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"The Golden Rocket", Steve Hile, Railroad Model Craftsman, March, 1988
Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society
Jeff's Guide to the ROCK ISLAND LINES
SP Mailing List FAQ
Richard Percy's Espee
Modelers Home Page
Thanks to Jeff Price, Dick Hutchins and others for their assistance!
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