Category Archives: PULLMAN

AMTRAK – America needs to overhaul our national rail service.

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Third rate airlines are not the answer!  It is time to look at the past and find a FIRST CLASS rail service that will compete with the shoddy and dreadful experience of flying in the USA. To economists and financial analysts whose obsession is return on investment, opinion leaders advocating smaller government, and corporate executives captivated by stock prices, Amtrak ... Read More »

WHEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RODE THE RAILS… President Truman’s “Whistle-stop” Tour…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

Part One: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – President Truman’s Campaign Train…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

FILM REVIEW: LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN: Abe is as Wooden as Washington’s Teeth – But Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a presidential performance, and Tommy Lee Jones steals the show The film is like watching a blade of grass grow. For all its good intentions and spurts of innovation, though, LINCOLN never really comes alive as living, breathing history. Instead, it too often plays like ... Read More »

PRESIDENT TRUMAN’S “WHISTLE-STOP” CAMPAIGN AND THE END OF A TRADITION IN AMERICAN POLITICS.

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

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 »

Vinatage Railroad Ads from 1930s to 1950s

Pullman and Social History: Vintage Railroad Ads – 1930s to 1950s Pullman, the Super Chief, Southern Pacific, the Chief and the 20th Century Limited. 1930s: Go Pullman overnight for $4.75… 1950s : The Shasta Daylight on the friendly Southern Pacific… See more of the great ads by clicking on the following link… Read More »

From America’s great railways in the 1950s to China’s latest high-speed rail line.

China’s latest new high-speed passenger rail line halves travel time between Shanghai and the eastern city of Hangzhou China on Tuesday unveiled what it described as the world’s fastest bullet train, which will connect two of the country’s industrial hubs traveling at an average speed of 350 km per hour. What American train travel use to be like:  Take a ... Read More »

Oldest living Pullman porter looks back.

Social History: Oldest living Pullman porter looks back.  Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, began working for Union Pacific in 1936. The railroad job helped him lift his family into the middle class. Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, stands next to a 1937 Pullman dormitory/club car at the Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times ... Read More »