Santa Ana, California

July, 1971

Photos Copyright 1998 by James E. Lancaster

For several months in 1971, Amtrak operated through chair car and sleeper service between San Diego and Seattle on the tri-weekly Coast Starlight. The through service used primarily Southern Pacific equipment. The cars operated on ex-Santa Fe San Diegans between LA and San Diego. These photos show one of these San Diegans at Santa Ana on a gloomy July 2, 1971.

1. The morning northbound San Diegan arrives at the old Santa Fe station on Fourth Street in Santa Ana.

2. The consist was a mixture of Santa Fe and Southern Pacific equipment. The car behind the baggage car is a Santa Fe lounge.

3. The through Seattle cars on this day were all ex-Sunset Limited SP cars - two chair cars and a 10-6 sleeper.

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