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Western Pacific Railroad: passenger trains

By | August 8, 2021

Images of passenger service on the Feather River Route

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a diesel and passenger cars at a passenger depot
California Zephyr

Oakland–Chicago California Zephyr departs WP’s Third Street station, Oakland, on inaugural run, March 20, 1949.
Fred Matthews

a diesel and passenger cars at a passenger depot
Chesapeake and Ohio
Feather River Express

4-8-4 No. 481 with Oakland–Portola, Calif., Feather River Express, 1 mile east of Altamont, Calif., Aug. 16, 1947.
John C. Illman

Chesapeake and Ohio
an observation car
California Zephyr

Observation car Silver Planet, owned by WP for California Zephyr service.
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an observation car
a photo of a passenger train making its way past a snowy forest
Exposition Flyer

Chicago–Oakland Exposition Flyer, with new California Zephyr cars in consist, west of Keddie, Calif., June 1948.
Fred Matthews

a photo of a passenger train making its way past a snowy forest
a steam engine with passenger cars
Exposition Flyer

4-8-2 No. 173 with Oakland–Chicago Exposition Flyer stopped at Cholona, Nev., July 1940.
Guy L. Dunscomb

a steam engine with passenger cars
a passenger train sitting at a passenger depot on a snowy night
California Zephyr

Oakland–Chicago California Zephyr at Winnemucca, Nev., January 1970.
Charles Fox

a passenger train sitting at a passenger depot on a snowy night
a steam enging sitting on rails next to a passenger train
California Zephyr

Oakland–Chicago California Zephyr meeting 2-8-8-2 at Pulga, Calif., early 1950s.
Fred Matthews

a steam enging sitting on rails next to a passenger train
a passenger train entering a tunnel by a snowy forest
Feather River Express

Portola–Oakland Feather River Express at Williams Loop, August 1947.
Fred Matthews

a passenger train entering a tunnel by a snowy forest
a steam engine with passenger cars rolling past a patch of trees
Bieber Line loggers’ train

2-8-0 37 with weekly train of ex-Sacramento Northern interurban cars to and from Westwood, Calif., for men working at Halls Flat logging camp, mid-1940s.
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a steam engine with passenger cars rolling past a patch of trees
a passenger train going over a bridge
Zephyrette

RDC2 375 working Oakland–Salt Lake City–Oakland Zephyrette near Altamont, Calif., March 1951
Arthur Lloyd

 
 
 
 
a passenger train going over a bridge
a diesel pulling passenger cars on a hill under a cloudy sky
California Zephyr

Oakland–Chicago California Zephyr at Altamont Pass on inaugural run, March 20, 1949.
David Gray Edwards

a diesel pulling passenger cars on a hill under a cloudy sky
a steam engine pulling passenger cars
Portola Flyer

4-6-0 78 with Portola–Oakland Portola Flyer at Stockton, Calif., 1947.
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a steam engine pulling passenger cars
a group of passengers waiting to board a diesel passenger train
California Zephyr

Oakland–Chicago California Zephyr at Niles, Calif., circa 1950.
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a group of passengers waiting to board a diesel passenger train
a passenger engine sitting at passenger depot
Zephyrette

RDC2 375 working Salt Lake City–Oakland Zephyrette at Salt Lake City, circa 1951–52.
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a passenger engine sitting at passenger depot
A diesel pulling passenger cars
Oakland–Salt Lake City local

F3 802-A with Oakland–Salt Lake City train 2 at Jungo, Nev., Aug. 25, 1950.
Arthur Lloyd

A diesel pulling passenger cars
a steam engine and passenger cars under a bridge
Exposition Flyer

4-8-2 177 with Chicago–Oakland Exposition Flyer at Winnemucca, Nev., July 1940.
Guy L. Dunscomb

a steam engine and passenger cars under a bridge

 

All through August 2021, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the history and legacy of the Western Pacific Railroad. In this article, please enjoy a photo gallery of Western Pacific Railroad passenger trains in their prime.

This gallery was first published in July 2016.

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One thought on “Western Pacific Railroad: passenger trains

  1. Terrible graphics! Why are there giant arrows in the enlarged photos? Disappointed in the site. I find it exasperating to use and the opposite of intuitive

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