Category Archives: STREAMLINERS

LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY – SOCIAL HISTORY – THE SUPER CHIEF – THE STARS AND PASADENA… GATEWAY TO HOLLYWOOD…

The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café.  This was the depot’s main waiting room. Click here to visit the La Grande Orange Café website. The depot’s waiting room just after it closed as the Santa Fe/Amtrak Station. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena was home to the Super ... Read More »

CITY OF LOS ANGELES – Rock Hudson aboard the other “Train to the Stars…”

Film star Rock Hudson arrives at Chicago’s Union Station in 1959 aboard Union Pacific’s streamliner City of Los Angeles on a two night trip from California.  The Santa Fe’s Super Chief was known as the Train to the Stars.  But many celebrities preferred Union Pacific’s City of Los Angeles and Southern Pacific’s Golden State. Video of Union Pacific Streamliners in the ... Read More »

THE 20th CENTURY LIMITED – HISTORY OF THE “RED CARPET” AND A GREAT TRAIN

RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched in ... 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 »

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 »

TRAIN OF THE STARS – THE SUPER CHIEF

Social History – Virginia Leith (starred in 20th Century Fox’s KISS BEFORE DYING) appears in a 1950′s publicity film from the Santa Fe RailRoad about “the Super Chief” passenger train which ran between Chicago and California. Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars. Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. Read More »

THE COAST DAYLIGHT – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN IN THE WORLD – Southern Pacific’s famous streamliner between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

THE COAST DAYLIGHT – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN IN THE WORLD – Southern Pacific’s famous streamliner between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Train Town Video Productions Presents a railroad video featuring Southern Pacific’s Daylight 1937-1957. Considered the most beautiful train in the world – covering some of the most spectacular scenery in America.  The down home music in the video ... Read More »

PALM SPRINGS AND THE STREAMLINER

Retro look at the 1950s – Cruising the Past – A major element in the development of Palm Springs was the Southern Pacific Railroad. At one time the SP offered passenger service on over eight daily trains. The SP served Palm Springs from a Spanish style station especially built for the resort in the late 1930s. SP, at one time, ... Read More »