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ELVIS PRESLEY on the train to Memphis in 1956

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“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By the ... Read More »

BEATLE’s SIR RINGO STARR Knighted by PRINCE WILLIAM who was a big fan of Ringo as a drummer and narrator of THOMAS the TANK ENGINE

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Ringo Starr, the former drummer for The Beatles, received the British commonwealth’s highest honor for his contribution to music and charities. The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received a knighthood from Prince William, decades after his lone surviving ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was honored. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event, as Prince William thanked him for being such ... Read More »

Rain or Shine New York Central’s all-Pullman streamliner Detroiter was the way to go on the Water Level Route

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The New York to Detroit market was once crowded with trains, served primarily by the New York Central and Pennsylvania while the Baltimore & Ohio also offered exceptional services via Washington, D.C. The trains weren’t the victims of cancellation due to weather. The North Easter last week wouldn’t have stopped the trains.   The NYC’s All-Pullman Detroiter was arguably the ... Read More »

Mexico City’s Buena Vista train terminal in the 1970s.

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This is the first in a series of blogs on the Mexican railway service. These are scenes of Buena Vista Terminal in Mexico City and school children visiting on a morning sometime in the early 1970s. Buena Vista was built in 1961, replacing the older terminal. It was vast and modern. When I could, in the early 1970s, I traveled ... Read More »

It’s Oscar time and the Red Carpet Treatment started with the 20th Century Limited

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The all-Pullman extra fare train 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 this Time Magazine advertisement. The “Century” was an express ... Read More »

David Bowie traveled by ship and train. No flying for this star!

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British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

“Give em Hell Harry” wins election on campaign train.

Faced with the likely loss of the 1948 presidential elections, President Harry S. Truman set out from Washington on September 17 on a twelve-day cross-country political barnstorming trip aboard the “Truman Special” from Washington Union Station. The barnstorming “Truman Special” makes a whistle-stop. At the last minute, wealthy Democrats had come through with last-minute contributions to make sure the “Truman Special” ... Read More »

Travel the Now: On board the Indian Pacific streamliner across Australia in 2017

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Traverse the full distance between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from Sydney to Perth, in a 2,700-mile odyssey. One of the world’s great long-distance trains. The Indian Pacific rolls across this vast continent like a miniature city on wheels, illuminating the colorful, quirky history, cultures and countryside of Australia as it goes. Stephen & Jess document their trip on the ... Read More »

The Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was considered the most beautiful train in the world

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train into the 1950s, linking Los Angeles and San Francisco in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. Chair car passengers had full access to the Coffee Shop, Diner, and Tavern cars. The two Parlor cars were restricted ... Read More »

Deluxe Midland Pullman between London and Manchester in the 1960s

Pullman trains in Great Britain were mainline luxury railway services providing deluxe service. The Midland Pullman was launched in 1960 as a luxury all-first-class day service using between London and Manchester in a record 3 hours and 15 minutes with First and Second Class Service. The Midland Pullman ran every weekday, up to London in the morning and down to ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday – Elvis Presley on the train from New York to Memphis in 1956.

“Elvis who?”   Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday – Mid-Century – 1950s “Psycho” Star Janet Leigh aboard the Santa Fe streamliner SUPER CHIEF

Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN may have been aboard the train all through the 1960s. A lot of executives would take the ... Read More »

“Give ’em hell” Harry! President Truman aboard his 1948 campaign train heading to win re-election.

Faced with the likely loss of the 1948 presidential elections, President Harry S. Truman set out from Washington on September 17 on a twelve-day cross-country political barnstorming trip aboard the “Truman Special” from Washington Union Station. The barnstorming “Truman Special” makes a whistle-stop. At the last minute, wealthy Democrats had come through with last-minute contributions to make sure the “Truman Special” ... Read More »