1952 Blizzard Snared the streamliner City of San Francisco… a Train in Its Frigid Grip

City of San Francisco

For three days, its 226 passengers and crew were cut off as rescuers struggled to dig them out. Help arrived just as hope began to dim. Great video on the train trapped by the blizzard… It was late Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 1952, and the Southern Pacific streamliner City of San Francisco was already 22 hours behind schedule. This was ... Read More »



The North Shore Line’s Electroliners was the interurban’s last gasp at retaining its passenger traffic, which had been slowly withering away since after 1910. For most street railway and interurban lines the coming of the automobile put an end to an industry that was just a few decades old.  The 1920s and the Great Depression later that decade bankrupted and ... Read More »


THE SUPER CHIEF leaves Chicago...

The magic of the Super Chief – “the train of the stars” – is now just a memory. From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says ... Read More »

Downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills – via Hollywood and West Hollywood – aboard Pacific Electric’s big “Red Cars” during the 1950s…

The Big Red Cars to West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Glendale, Van Nuys, Pasadena, etc.

Big Red Cars heading for West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and connections to Santa Monica. (Left) This car is coming from Los Angeles via Hollywood and (right) this car is coming from Los Angeles. They are meeting at Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles used to have a public transit system that covered about 25 percent more track mileage than ... Read More »

The all-Pullman PANAMA LIMITED


The Panama Limited was a passenger train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. It operated from 1911 to 1971. The Panama Limited took its name from the Panama Canal, then under construction and three years from completion. For most of its career the train was “all-Pullman,” carrying sleeping cars only. The Panama Limited ... Read More »

Veteran’s Day: Travel by Train in World War 2

A soldier kisses his girl goodbye - ready to board a train..

Celebrating Veteran’s Day – A look back at wartime transportation in WW 2. Trains were crowded with standing room only. Dining cars were full and most of the trains only served two meals a day. It was a major boom to train travel. The Pullman Company operating all sleeping cars. Pullmans was accommodating 1000s of people on overnight trains. Here ... Read More »

The Pullman Streamliner City of Los Angeles…

Dining aboard the CITY OF LOS ANGELES - 1960s. www.cruisingthepast.com

Streamliner & Pullman History: The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California via Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles it ran on the Union Pacific Railroad; east of Omaha it ran on the Chicago and North Western Railway until October 1955 and on the Milwaukee Road thereafter. The train ... Read More »

Last Ferry To San Francisco…


Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaches San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the foreground. The ferry is carrying passengers ... Read More »