“A highball with a fellow traveler in the lounge as the New Mexico night rushed past the windows was a solace for human ills.” Beebe and Clegg, The Trains We Rode.
This 1930s Southern Pacific Railroad photo was taken on the Golden State Limited, which left Chicago around eight in the evening and reached LA, after three nights en route, mid-morning.
The Southern Pacific photo below, also reproduced here from Beebe and Clegg, shows passengers at the stand up bar on the Californian, a companion train to the Golden State Limited.
If I were an artist, I would do a painting of each of these photos.
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