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Coast Starlight/Daylight in the Cascades Mountains, 1970s.

Black and white photograph showing the daily Coast Starlight/Daylight (Los Angeles-Seattle); image dates to 1973-1974.

<i>Coast Starlight/Daylight</i> in the Cascades Mountains, 1970s.

In this early morning image, the Coast Daylight/Starlight (Seattle-San Francisco/Oakland-Los Angeles) heads north from Klamath Falls, Ore., towards Eugene and Portland. The train, which operated from 1971-1974, was one of the first to run almost the full length of the West Coast. At its endpoints, connecting trains offered service to San Diego and Vancouver, B.C. In the photograph, one can make out the variety of cars that Amtrak purchased or leased from the private railroads as they exited the passenger rail business. In spring 1974, the route became known simply as the Coast Starlight, and remains so today.

Photographer: Ed Wotjas for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.