The next 21 years saw a decline. The Seattle sleeper was discontinued inthe triple-unit diner came off a year later. By the train was down to five or six cars and ran only three days per week. Amtrak would take over the Cascade on May 1,and would combine it with the San Francisco - Los Angeles Coast Daylight routing the train through Oakland Sleeppers - Cut Off.
eventually renaming it the Coast Starlight. The Oregon and California Express was the first passenger service; it later gained fame as the Shasta Limited. But the route over the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon was difficult with steep grades, sharp curves, and subject to landslides and washouts.
During the Sleeppers - Cut Off. of Edward H. Harriman Southern Pacific began building a better route via Klamath Falls. Government involvement in the affairs of Harriman and the SP would delay completion for 18 years. Trains began using the new Natron Cutoff or Cascade Line inbut passenger service began several months later after the old Weed Lumber Company line south of Grass Lake was replaced.
The Cascade would offer better service than the Shasta Limited which in was scheduled 27 hours Portland to San Francisco. This train would survive the depression through consolidations and a change of numbers 19 and The extra fare was dropped.
With the better economy Southern Pacific re-equipped the Cascade and by it was an all-Pullman train with numbers 23 and 24 and a schedule under 20 hours. After the war the train got new equipment and a faster schedule. On June 5,the first streamlined Pullman was placed in service on the route. Southern Pacific was also experimenting with diesel power. The result would be the greatest presentation of this train; a faster, dieselized, streamlined, all-Pullman, daily overnight service second-to-none.
The streamlined Cascade became the SP's overnight train between Oakland and Portland with through sleeping cars to and from Seattle. It was the second all room sleeping car train along the west coast. The Southern Pacific streamlined Cascade began service on August 13,and Sleeppers - Cut Off.
an all Pullman train for the shortest length of time, for beginning October 11,the Cascade began to carry coaches between Oakland and Portland.
The next morning these four through sleeping cars would depart Seattle in the NP pool train and transfer to the Cascade that afternoon in Portland for the trip to Oakland. Sleeping cars, and originated in Seattle and were carried by NP pool train from there to Portland. Sleeping cars, and were Oakland — Seattle cars forwarded in the UP pool train to Seattle. The streamlined Cascade was an all — Pullman train only until October 10,when coaches were added to the train sets.
Coaches and operated in one consist and and operated in the other consist. Was It You? - Chynna* & Vaughan* - One Reason coaches were through cars to Seattle; all Tonight - Supermax - Grand Collection travelers crossed the platform in Portland to the waiting UP pool train northbound to Seattle.
Southbound coach passengers from Seattle arrived in Portland on the NP pool train and again crossed the platform to the waiting Cascade. Through sleeping car service to and from Seattle ended January 9, Sleeppers - Cut Off. The triple-unit diner came off a year later.
Southern Pacific tried to replace it with an automat service but the Oregon Public Utility Commission balked, forcing the railroad to place a regular diner on the train. The two-tone gray Sleeppers - Cut Off.
were already gone, replaced by SP's new passenger color scheme of Sunset -style aluminum mist with red letterboard. Yellow sleeping cars from the City of San Francisco and San Francisco Overland trains were also seen in the nightly consist.
Byafter trying for two years to discontinue the service, Southern Pacific was allowed to trim the Cascade to triweekly. By this time, the train had a later departure time allowing daylight viewing of the Willamette Valley and part of the Cascade Mountains. A quasi-government agency, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation — or Amtrak — took over the remains of America's passenger train system on May 1, With service rerouted through Oakland, the train was rechristened as the Coast Starlight.
It continued to run triweekly north of Oakland, but its popularity would lead to restoration of daily service in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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