SP's Baldwin-built 4-8-8-2 Cab-Forward No. 4118 hauling Train No. 60, the West Coast, at speed of about 40 mph, circa 1940s.

(DeGolyer Library, SMU, Digital Collection)



The West Coast was a Southern Pacific passenger train that operated from 1924–1960. In 1948 it ran from San Francisco, California–Seattle, Washington, but had different endpoints in different years. From from 1924 to 1949, the Southern Pacific's West Coast ran via the San Joaquin Valley from Los Angeles to Portland, with through cars to Seattle via the Great Northern Railway (GN).


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