I originally posted this on my old website on March 26, 2009.
…Continued from PNWC #6800 Red River.
Southern Pacific streamlined Parlor/Lounge Observation Car #2955 was built by the Pullman-Standard Company in July 1941 for use on the Morning Daylight between Los Angeles & San Francisco, the same service #4449 was used in, and #4449 almost certainly pulled #2955 at some point in regular service. Later in its career #2955 was used on the Shasta Daylight between Oakland and Portland. It was converted to a 72-seat coach in 1960. Most of #2955's sister cars were rebuilt into full-dome cars by Southern Pacific's Sacramento Shops; #2955 is one of only two to remain as round-end cars. After Southern Pacific retired it, the car was acquired by the Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad and ended up being heavily vandalized. The car was acquired by the Northwest Rail Museum of Portland in 1988 and restored to its original Daylight colors. It is named James J. Gilmore after a volunteer who worked on the car but passed away before having the opportunity to enjoy it in excursion service. It is the only former Southern Pacific round-end observation car in remaining in service.
Continue to ORHF Holiday Express on December 14, 2008…