|Sunset Limited ad in Sunset, 1899|
At its inception in the winter season of 1894 (back then, California was notably a winter resort), the Sunset Limited was a fancy-pants train that carried only first-class, Pullman sleeping car passengers on a once-a-week, winter-time schedule to San Francisco. By 1913, it operated every day, year-round; in 1950, it emerged as a snappy new streamlined train from Los Angeles to New Orleans, with both coaches and sleeping cars, a dining car decorated with Audubon prints (well, they were reproductions, of course), and a leathery lounge called “The Pride of Texas,” emblazoned with cattle brands.
|The cover of the 1950 inauguration brochure|
|Dinner menu, 1964|