I personally would prefer that 1960 schedule as that would allow a same day 19-1 or 59-1 transfer at NOL and the westbound train would serve SAS and LAX at way better hours (although I doubt arriving into LAX at 5:05pm is ever going to happen) although eastbound the train got into SAS at 4:30am and for any train to be able to connect in NOL with the current 20 it would have to arrive in NOL before 7am.
I also like the idea of a through branch going from DAL/FTW-ELP and travel between DAL/FTW-LAX would be way way better than it is today. Plus the route between DAL and ELP back then was 645.3 miles, 13:35 hrs where today via SAS is 919 miles, about 20.5 hours, not counting the layover in SAS. They must have had some shortcut. I had proposed breaking the SL and TE and run through cars from DAL-SAS connecting with the SL. If you can have through cars DAL-ELP to the SL that would be even better for DAL to get to LAX.
Of course the #1 reason this schedule was better.... PHOENIX!
I personally don't care much for the SL-CS connection, I'd rather have the Crescent-SL connection (although of course I'm biased). (Dream Sequence): This SL westbound schedule with the Dallas branch and a resurrected Spirit of California. That way you can still go from Texas/Arizona to the Bay Area with a same day transfer and you'd have the overnight SF Area/LA Area train again.