Cruising the past: Labor Day is a symbolic end of summer and resulted after a bloody strike against The Pullman Palace Car Company. Founded by George Pullman, his company manufactured railroad cars in the mid to late 1800s through the early decades of the 20th century, during the boom of railroads in the United States. Pullman developed the sleeping car ... Read More »
Cruising the past looks at rail travel in America aboard the Pullman Company sleeping cars – when trains were truly first class and cross-country rail trips were a cruise. For great coverage of The Pullman Company check this issue of Classic Trains and clink on this link. THE PULLMAN COMPANY George Pullman was inspired by an overnight train ride from ... Read More »
Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars. Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. She came on the Super Chief. One reason that the Santa Fe became such a famous railroad was because of its flagship passenger train, the Super Chief (and, the railroad also claimed the most streamliners in ... Read More »
New York Central’s all-Pullman 20th Century Limited departs Chicago for its nightly run to New York in the 1950s. The deluxe train carried a staff of Pullman Porters, Pullman Conductors, waiters, maids, chefs, cooks, train conductors, brakemen, stewards, along with a train secretary, CRUISING THE PAST: AMTRAK IS SEEKING THE LAST OF THE PULLMAN PORTERS TO HONOR ON NATIONAL TRAIN ... Read More »
Cruising the Past in the 1920s: Travel and society in the twenties. The “Lost Generation” aboard ships, trains and hotels. Getting there for Americans was “half the fun”!
A great youtube video of Flappers… They sailed and cruised aboard foreign flag liners that sold booze… They crossed America aboard great trains… They stayed in famous hotels… Read More »
20th Century Limited – Greatest train in the world – When everything old is new again, or could be … on today’s New York Social Diary …
Ready for departure in 1947 from Chicago’s La Salle Street Station the opulent Twentieth Century is 16 hours from Grand Central Station, New York. My latest contribution to New York Social Diary – is a profile of New York Central’s 20th Century Limited. Considered the greatest train in the world. Until the 1950s, this all-Pullman streamliner was the only way ... Read More »
Cruising the Past: The Oakland Tribune tells the story of Pullman Porters. These gracious and hard working men paved the way for the African-American middle class and provided first class professional service aboard the largest hotel system ever created on wheels.
The Oakland Tribune did a great story on a recent Bay Area event honoring former Pullman Porters. Be sure to visit the Oakland Tribune by clicking here. The Pullman Company provided first class overnight sleeping car service throughout the United States until 1968. Amtrak has never duplicated the first class service which was provided by the Pullman Porter, this army ... Read More »
President Barak Obama’s election is partly due to the thousands of Pullman Porters who organized a union 84 years ago under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph.
President Barak Obama’s election as the first African-American in the White House happened because of the struggle for unionization by A. Philip Randolph and the members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Randolph and the porters worked together to fight many battles and they won many victories for African-American people. They demonstrated and personified the meaning of the word ... Read More »
GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2009: The beginning of the second great recession a.k.a. “depression”…? History does repeat itself.
Pictured here are seven sections of the California Limited ready to depart from Los Angeles for Chicago in 1929. A “section” meant an extra train. There were six extra all-Pullman trains leaving Southern California — a total of seven trains, with over a 1000 passengers, and nearly 100 pullman, dining and observation cars. GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring ... Read More »
Passenger Train History: 1945 first class railway dining car service on the New York Central System. Complete breakfast for eighty five cents during World War Two.
During WW 2, railway dining cars were crowded because of the mass movement in the United States of civilian passengers and military personnel. This is a New York Central System breakfast menu from WW 2 aboard a train in 1945: featuring the menu, wartime dining car policy and a massage about America. Read More »