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Richmond Pullman: Golden State Shopping dates 1953
Repaint Pullman Diagram D-6220-D

SP Golden State Pullman Golden Mission
SP Golden State Pullman Golden Mission   Don Munger Photo

   By 1953 the Socony red of the Golden State paint scheme had proven to be no match for the hot southwest desert sun. The color faded to a less than appealing salmon shade. Southern Pacific chose to repaint the cars into the paint scheme of the 1950 Sunset Limited.The red stripe with black outlines was made to match the Budd built cars with their higher roof line. In 1958 SP made this scheme the system standard for all passenger cars (minus the black outline) This caused a problem for the Shasta equipment with its' taller windows. The stripe was moved to the roof line for most Coast and Shasta cars. This caused an unfortunate mismatch of stripe when the different cars were assigned to the same train.

SP Golden State Pullman SP 9056
SP 9056 ex Golden Dawn. repainted to the Golden State version of the Sunset Ltd scheme.    Don Munger Photo

   Shop record April 30, 1953 to January 26, 1955 by release date.

OLD NAME NEW # TYPE ARRIVED DATE IN DATE OUT
Golden Trail 9117 4-4-2     4/30/53
Golden Sea 9158 6-6-4 4/4/53 4/24/53 5/18/53
Golden Creek 9160 6-6-4 4/17/53 5/1/53 5/25/53
Golden Cavern 9116 4-4-2     5/26/53
Golden Sun 9046 10-6 6/1/53 6/8/53 6/29/53
Golden Star 9048 10-6 6/4/53 6/16/53 7/6/53
Golden River 9111 4-4-2     7/20/53
Golden Moon 9113 4-4-2     7/27/53
Golden Wave 9056 10-6 BE 4/11/53 7/21/53 8/6/53
Golden Poppy 9403 12 Dbr     8/12/53
Golden Orange 9402 12 Dbr     8/14/53
Golden Dawn 9055 10-6 BE 7/23/53 8/3/53 8/24/53
Golden Crest 9047 10-6 8/24/53 9/14/53 10/1/53
Golden Strand 9115 4-4-2 11/2/53 11/13/53 12/3/53
Golden Crag 9114 4-4-2     2/23/54
Golden Mission 9110 4-4-2     3/16/54
Golden Canyon 9161 6-6-4 10/29/54 11/2/54 11/18/54
Golden Plain 9159 6-6-4 11/27/54 12/1/54 1/26/55
Golden Valley 9157 6-6-4 12/6/54 12/9/54 1/26/55

   A very comprehensive article on this train and its' cars appeared in the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society publication Trainline, Spring 1999 issue #59.

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