Podcast: Episode 8 - Daylights, porters and passenger train consists

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4449 in Sturtevant, WI, on August 2, 2009Southern Pacific 4449 running past the former Sturtevant, Wisconsin, depot on August 2, 2009.

Today on the podcast, we're going to take a look at the history of Southern Pacific 4449 and some of the trains it has pulled.  We'll also hear a song about some "difficult" passengers that porters have to deal with.  After that, we'll talk a little bit more about passenger trains and how you can model them.  So, all aboard!

  • Daylight locomotive and train history
    • Coast Daylight inaugurated on March 1, 1937
    • Noon Daylight inaugurated in 1940
    • San Joaquin Daylight inaugurated on July 4, 1941
    • Shasta Daylight inaugurated in 1949
    • 4449 donated to Portland on April 24, 1958, remained on static display until 1974
    • 4449 restoration completed April 21, 1975
    • For the most current information on this locomotive, visit the official 4449 website.

  • Modeler's Moment: passenger train consists
    • Typical passenger train consist: RPOs and sealed mail express cars, express freight and baggage cars, coaches, diners and/or lounges, sleepers, observation
    • Platform doors previously mentioned in: Modeler's Moment - Passenger train consists.
    • The Denver Zephyr consist was listed in the book Burlington's Zephyrs by Karl Zimmerman (Andover Junction Publications, 2004, ISBN 0-7603-1856-5), on pages 61 and 64.  (note that The Rip Track will receive a small percentage if you purchase this book using the link on this page; thank you for your support)

Listen to episode 8