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Know Your Trains

August 23, 1987

I think Bob O'Sullivan, who wrote "When the Smoke Cleared, the Boys Had Become Gentlemen" (July 26), and his readers would be interested in knowing that in 1942 coach passengers couldn't enjoy the observation car. The sleeper section, then run by the Pullman Co., was not only closed to coach riders but was locked off. Also, trains from Los Angeles to Denver never went through Glendale, nor through Albuquerque, either. And the station at Albuquerque only has a platform and tracks on one side of the building, not on both. Trains then, as now, stopped for about 20 minutes for a crew change and to have the windows washed. They still do.

WILLIAM A. F. BRAEM

Sherman Oaks

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