Monthly Archives: August 2012

THE STREAMLINER – UNION PACIFIC’S GREAT PASSENGER TRAINS

Video of Union Pacific Streamliners in the 1930s. Scene 1: CITY OF DENVER arriving in Chicago after making the 1,048 mile trip from Denver in 16 hours. Scene 2: E-2 diesels in 1938 pull the CITY OF LOS ANGELES passenger train in Los Angeles. A Brief History of Union Pacific’s Passenger Trains: Passenger service can be traced back to within ... Read More »

THE LAST GREAT ITALIAN SUPER-LINERS – TS MICHELANGELO AND TS RAFFAELLO

Excellent Italian news video on the TS Michelangelo and TS Raffaello. The end of the 1950s brought many changes to trans-Atlantic steamship service. Jets started service and began to dominate travel from the USA to Europe. Proud ships such as the Cunard Line’s two Queens and French Line’s distinguished old Liberté, built in 1930, sometimes carried close to no passengers ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – THE GREAT WHITE STEAMER

A great video on the SS CATALINA from Cruising The Past! The SS Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was a 301-foot steamship built in 1924 that provided passenger service on the 26-mile passage between Los Angeles and Santa Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975. According to the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Catalina has carried more ... Read More »

CHILDREN’S PLAYROOMS ABOARD TRANS-ATLANTIC LINERS – 1930s to 1950s…

Trans-Atlantic History:  Children were provided with everything from carousels to sand boxes.  There were Punch and Judy Shows and children’s hours at the swimming pools.  The younger passengers were watched over by trained nurses.  Costume parties highlighted the trans-Atlantic crossings.  Children dined in private dining rooms. Photos are from great trans-Atlantic liners – 1930s to 1950s…  The French Line, Cunard ... Read More »

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS UNITED STATES

Great youTube video on the SS United States from past to present. Here’s some fun 8mm home movies dated 1960 showing the docks at Southampton (or is that Bremerhaven?) and Le Havre as well as shots aboard the ship. Notice in the last shot on the enclosed promenade that the woman is walking against rough seas! Music is by the ... Read More »

ABOARD THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND – TRANS-PACIFIC – 1949-1950

CRUISE HISTORY – S.S. President Cleveland, American President Lines, Trans Pacific Route 1949-1950. All footage by 3rd Engineer V.M. Richardson. AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES HISTORY:  1960s composite publicity photo showing three of American President Lines’ handsome trans-Pacific passenger liners. SS President Cleveland, SS President Wilson and SS President Hoover. These modern liners provided regular scheduled service from California to the Orient ... Read More »