PULLMAN

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 »

THE CHIEF – SANTA FE promotional film on the famed train from the 1950s…

Santa Fe promotional video on the streamliner the CHIEF (not the SUPER CHIEF as stated in the youtube video). Here’s the Chief about to depart from Pasadena, CA., in the 1960s with Pullman sleepers, chair cars, dining car, lunch-counter car and Dome Lounge. Social and travel history: the Santa Fe Chief… The Chief was one of the named passenger trains ... Read More »

Vinatage Railroad Ads from 1930s to 1950s… when traveling by train was deluxe…

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… Deluxe travel to the Coast – during the 1940s… Santa Fe to Phoenix and Palm Springs… Santa Fe – The ... 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 »

THE BRIGHTON BELLE – THE ONLY ALL-ELECTRIC PULLMAN CAR TRAIN IN THE WORLD.

Great YOUTUBE video of the Brighton Belle. 29th June 1934: Staff of the Southern Railway at Victoria station, London changing the name board on the front of a train, the ‘Southern Belle’ is now called the ‘Brighton Belle’. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) The Brighton Belle represents an important part of British railway heritage, the only all-electric Pullman ... Read More »

FIFTY YEARS AGO – THE SLOGAN WAS NEXT TIME TAKE THE TRAIN – YOU WOULD TRAVEL PULLMAN FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY – TODAY AMTRAK IS AN INSULT TO THE HISTORY OF USA PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE

Amtrak Passengers Stuck On ‘Train From Hell’ For Almost 24 Hours on the CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR. Amtrak being allowed to ues the name CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR is an insult to one of the great streamliners in American history (pictured to the left). The slogan for the Pullman Company was “next time take the train.”  You would be able to travel in Pullman ... Read More »

American trains were once the safest in the world. In Los Angeles METROLINK gives new meaning to DEATH TRAIN!

Cruising the Past: American trains were once the safest in the world. In Los Angeles METROLINK gives new meaning to DEATH TRAIN! The greatest joke about METROLINK… when you email them with a comment you receive the following message: Thank you for contacting Metrolink.  For your reference, your feedback has been assigned case number 00008189.  Due to the volume of ... Read More »