Train 15 westbound and Train 16 eastbound daily, featured Pullman sleeping cars; 10 roomettes and 6 double bedrooms, Pullman Touralux sleeping cars; 14 sections, Dining car, Super Dome car with Café Lounge beverage service, Reclining Seat Lounge Coaches with leg rests, and included the “perfect ending for a train,” the Milwaukee Road's signature "Skytop" solarium observation car.
The condensed schedule shows, for example, a Sunday 1 PM departure from Chicago, with a 9 AM arrival in Tacoma on Tuesday morning; 43 hours 30 minutes.
So. Here we see a shot taken May 29, 1969 of the Olympian Hiawatha, ready to depart Tacoma for Seattle, thence to Chicago. But wait a minute! The Hiawatha observation car, the end of the train, is just behind the power pack, running from Tacoma to Seattle. Okay. Okay, that works! Because then the observation car will be on the end of the train, where it is supposed to be, when the eastbound Hiawatha leaves Seattle. So far so good!
But what about the west bound movement. When the train arrived in Seattle from Chicago, the observation car would be pointed south toward Tacoma. It would have to run backward, southbound to Tacoma, indeed, as I captured at Van Asselt, August 13, 1960, with FP-7A, 99A:
So. The observation car will end up pointing opposite to what we see here!
Railroad stuff: MILW 96A, FP-7A, 1500 hp, built 1950, sn 10361, road class 15-EP, retired May, 1980. Takes on a new life!