Here is a photo of the actual Sunset Limited arriving in Houston a few years ago:
Three locomotives are unusual, by the way! The Sunset Route passes through San Antonio, providing a glimpse of old Southern Pacific grandeur in the restored station building:
Out in the wilds of West Texas the track forms a single thread of steel between railroad towns, settlements only on the map because of the railroad. A place to stop for water, perhaps, a place to take on a "helper" to push a heavy train up an incline, and so on. Today many such settlements are fast becoming ghost towns.
The article comments about the egalitarianism of the dining car and we couldn't agree more. Tables for four mean that you never dine alone and the company is usually most fascinating.
We have a complete set of high definition Southern Pacific maps and they are available for download on focalplane.com. These were scanned from originals a few years ago and it is feared that there may be very few examples available. So, if you find yourself planning to travel over the SP system in the future, a few maps could make the journey even more rewarding!