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N-Scale Southern Pacific "Morning Daylight"
Southern Pacific "Morning Daylight"

Illuminating marker lights, tail light, and drumhead

Prototype Information —
Southern Pacific GS-4 #4449 is still running today, and is believed to be one of the most well known and most photographed locomotives ever made.

The GS-4 runs on four massive 80” drivers, 300lbs psi boiler pressure, and puts out a roaring 5,500 horsepower at 55mph, with a maximum speed of 110 mph. The large drivers gave the locomotive a high top speed; the telling mark of a steam engine built for passenger service. The GS-4 was built for the Southern Pacific Railroad by the Lima Locomotive Works and delivered in the early 1940’s for the SP’s premier passenger trains, finding its way to the Daylight series of name trains. One of the more unique specifications for the GS-4 by the SP was its Mars light, a necessity with the large amount of grade crossings and fog present on the West Coast. The Mars light, like ditch lights on modern locomotives, was utilized as a warning for grade crossings that a high speed train was approaching, its shifting light patterns serving as an eye catcher in foggy conditions.

Southern Pacific “Morning Daylight”

In the 1940’s, the Southern Pacific “Morning Daylight” was possibly the world’s most beautiful train, its orange and red striping being reserved for the SP’s premier train lines. This “Morning Daylight” consist ran between Los Angeles and San Francisco along the beautiful California coast, past cities such as Ventura, Santa Barbara, Salinas and San Jose. Heading up the “Morning Daylight” was the specially built steam locomotive, the GS-4, one of the most well known steam engines ever designed.

The SP “Morning Daylight” was an all Pullman built lightweight passenger train consisting of:

1 Baggage-Chair car (44 seat) 1 Coffee Shop (1st third of articulated car)

1 Kitchen car (2nd third of articulated car) 1 Dining car (final 3rd of articulated car)

10 Articulated Chair cars (each 46 seat) 1 Chair car (44 seat)

1 Tavern car (56 seat) 1 Parlor car (27 seat) 1 Parlor Observation car (22 seat)

The “Daylight” cars are fitted with operating outer diaphragms, which makes the entire train appear as one contiguous unit rather than separate individual cars. Cars were added and subtracted from the consist as traffic warranted.



Model Features —

Passenger Cars

• Specific interior and exterior details

• Three unit articulated diner set

• Operating outer diaphragms on articulated cars

• Observation car with a continuous lighted drumhead and red marker lights

• All detail parts installed

• Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of Interior Light Kit

with White LED

• DCC friendly


• Drivers are operated by the side rods for smooth performance

• Locomotive has driver and tender electric pickup

• Directional operating (simulated) Mars light

• Directional operating headlight

• Illuminated number boards as it appeared in 1946

• Kato magnetic knuckle couplers on the front and rear of the locomotive

• Detailed cab interior

• All detail parts installed

• DCC friendly

DescriptionCarsMSRPOUR $ PART #
SP “Morning Daylight” Basic 10 car set
  • Baggage-Chair 3302
  • Articulated Coffee Shop 10258
  • Articulated Kitchen 10257
  • Articulated Dining Car 10256
  • Chair Car 2485
  • Articulated Chair Car 2474
  • Articulated Chair Car 2473
  • Tavern Car 10314
  • Parlor Car 3002
  • Parlor Observation 2954
SP “Morning Daylight” Articulated Coach #1
Articulated Chair Car 2458 (46 seat)
Articulated Chair Car 2457 (46 seat)
SP “Morning Daylight” Articulated Coach #2
Articulated Chair Car 2460 (46 seat)
Articulated Chair Car 2459 (46 seat)
SP “Morning Daylight” Articulated Coach #3Articulated Chair Car 2452 (46 seat)
Articulated Chair Car 2451 (46 seat)
SP “Morning Daylight” Articulated Coach #4Articulated Chair Car 2408 (46 seat)
Articulated Chair Car 2409 (46 seat)
DescriptionPictureMSRPOUR#PART #
Southern Pacific Lines
Has forward mounted train number boards
BNSF Excursion Black
Has mid mounted train number boards

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