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Richmond Pullman: LARK Shopping dates 1949 - 1952

The Lark herald was displayed in center of car, with numbers at corners of the letterboard. The separator stripes also continued throught the vestibule door.  Pullman photo

The Lark herald was displayed in center of car, with numbers at corners of the letterboard. The separator stripes also continued through the vestibule door. Pullman photo

  In July of 1941 Southern Pacific purchased from Pullman two complete streamline train sets to reequip their crack Los Angeles - San Francisco overnight luxury train, the Lark. The businessmen making up the bulk of travelers were soon asked to step aside as the Lark became a major link in the movement of troops during WWII
  Between May of 1949 and May of 1952 all of the Lark sleepers were received shopping and renaming into the Southern Pacific number system. . PULLMAN was removed from the letterboards of cars that had not had it done yet, and SOUTHERN PACIFIC went in its' place with Pullman in smaller lettering at the ends of the cars. In July of 1950, the four 6-6-4 ( 513-516 renumbered 9162-9165 ) sleepers were replaced with four new 10 roomette- 6 double - bedroom cars 9049 - 9052 from Pullman- Standard. Two 22 roomette cars 9305 and 9306 were also received at this time for Lark service.

Lark cars were repainted with Southern Pacific in the letterboard

Lark cars were repainted with Southern Pacific in the letterboard   Don Munger Photo

   Shop record May 4, 1949 to May 5, 1952 by release date.

OLD # NEW # TYPE ARRIVED DATE IN DATE OUT RECORD #
516 9165 6-6-4 4/11/49 4/14/49 5/4/49 48336
400 (2nd) 9500 Obs   10/13/49 11/4/49 49973
107 9209 10-5 10/19/49 10/25/49 11/15/49 49196
401 (2nd) 9501 Obs 11/7/49 11/14/49 12/8/49 49262
100 9202 10-5 11/18/49 11/25/49 12/22/49 49310
200 9104 4-4-2     2/3/50 @Calumet
204 9108 4-4-2     3/2/50  
203 9107 4-4-2     4/7/50  
202 9106 4-4-2     5/5/50  
303 9353 13 DBR     5/29/50  
514 9163 6-6-4     6/1/50 (@ District Yards)
101 9203 10-5 5/10/50 5/11/50 6/19/50 49926
109 9211 10-5 6/24/50 6/26/50 7/24/50 50127
301 9351 13 DBR     8/4/50  
302 9352 13 DBR     10/12/50  
108 9210 10-5 7/29/50 8/22/50 9/26/50 50314
105 9207 10-5 10/2/50 10/6/50 11/7/50 50694
304 9354 13 DBR     11/21/50  
102 9204 10-5 11/13/50 11/14/50 12/11/50 50951
103 9205 10-5 12/15/50 12/20/50 1/17/51 51123
106 9208 10-5 1/22/51 2/2/51 2/27/51 51344
104 9206 10-5 3/16/51 3/21/51 4/11/51 51649
306 9356 13 DBR 7/2/51 7/10/51 7/31/51 52255
300 9350 13 DBR 7/5/51 11/19/51 8/2/51 52288
307 9357 13 DBR     9/21/51  
305 9355 13 DBR 8/15/51 9/15/51 9/28/51 52474
201 9105 4-4-2     11/2/51  
205 9109 4-4-2 10/6/51 10/15/51 11/6/51 52745
513 9162 6-6-4 Apr 1952    
515 9164 6-6-4 3/18/52 4/14/52 5/5/52 53673

SP 9162 was painted 7/14/54 in Richmond for San Francisco Overland service, as were 9164 (7/15/54) and 9165 (9/16/54). Don Munger Photo

SP 9162 was painted 7/14/54 in Richmond for San Francisco Overland service, as were 9164 (7/15/54) and 9165 (9/16/54). Don Munger Photo

SP Lark in the Chatsworth rocks. Southern Pacific Photo

Southern Pacific Lark eastbound through the Chatsworth rocks on its way to Los Angeles. Southern Pacific Photo

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