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Southern Pacific Chair Car No.293

 

In 1950, Southern Pacific bought two new Shasta Daylight train sets for Oakland - Portland service. A stand-out feature of this new train was its larger windows for viewing the Cascade mountain scenery. This was also SP's first and last train to feature aluminum construction for most of the body.

In 1954, SP purchased 10 similar cars, six for the Coast Daylight to replace pre-war cars, and four for the Shasta Daylight. This order was constructed of welded steel. Many of these cars were used in the early 1970's in Amtrak service, and some were sold to private owners. Several were repainted into the Daylight color scheme to accompany SP-4449 to New Orleans for the World's Fair Daylight.

Originally built as SP-2356, this car was held for company service and given a number in the business car series, No.293. It served SP for many years, and was an addition to several SP-2472 steam excursions. The car became surplus after the Union Pacific merger, and was acquired by a GGRM member and donated to the museum.