Category Archives: TRAINS

THE “NIGHT FERRY” carried the DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR from LONDON TO PARIS…

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The “Night Ferry” was the first, and until the opening of the Channel Tunnel the only, through train from London to Paris. The “Night Ferry” being loaded to cross the English Channel. The train was made up of sleeping cars provided by the CIWL (Companie Internationale des Wagon-lits or International Sleeping Car Company) of “Orient Express” fame. (Left) The Duke ... Read More »

1950s – ON THE SUPER DOME OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA – AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT TRAIN TO BE A VICTIM OF AIR TRAVEL

A wonderful promotional film: Take a 1950′s luxury train trip from Chicago to Seattle on the “Super Dome Olympian Hiawatha”, with footage in the diner, coaches, Super Dome, sky top car, and sleepers, running along the Dells, the Mississippi, and the electrified territory in the mountains. Visits are made to many tourist spots along the way. The streamlined Olympian Hiawatha replaced the ... Read More »

1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…

Pullman and American Passenger Trains – Social History – Photos – 1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…     New York Central’s streamlined Mercury One of New York Central’s two class K-5a Pacifics (Nos. 4915 and 4917) that the road streamlined in 1936 for the Chicago–Detroit Mercury appears to have the train well in hand. ... Read More »

Part Two: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – LADY BIRD JOHNSON Special…

Lady Bird Johnson and hostesses aboard the Lady Bird Special. It was the fall of 1964. The November presidential election was looming as parts of the country still seethed over the Civil Rights Act President Lyndon Baines Johnson had signed into law just a few months earlier. The new legislation eliminated the so-called “Jim Crow” laws and guaranteed blacks access ... Read More »

The 20th Cenutry Limited in the 1930s and Kim Novak in the 1950s…

A promotional film made in 1935 by the New York Central Lines. Features a journey on the 20th Century Limited, once America’s premier train. The New York-Chicago market was the premier intercity passenger service for Eastern railroading and the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited competed with rival Pennsylvania Railroad and its Broadway Limited for top honors (although based from ... Read More »

THE SUPER CHIEF – JANET LEIGH (STAR OF HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO) DOES FASHION ON “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

SOCIAL HISTORY – - JANET LEIGH, STAR OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO, IS READY TO BOARD AND VIRGINIA LEITH, STAR OF “A KISS BEFORE DYING, SHOWS US THE ALL-PULLMAN TRAIN. EVEN THE CHARACTERS FROM “MAD MEN” COULD HAVE BEEN SEEN ON THIS TRAIN IN THE EARLY 1960S. Virginia Leith, 20th Century Fox star of “A Kiss Before Dying”, did this fun ... Read More »

NEW BIOGRAPHY OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH BY JOAN SCHENKAR (“THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH”) … TRAINS AND SHIPS WERE A MAJOR FACTOR IN HIGHSMITH’S GREAT SUSPENSE NOVELS

“Miss Highsmith is a crime novelist whose books one can reread many times. There are wery few of whom one can say that. She is a writer who has created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger…” (Graham Greene, ‘Introduction’ to THE SNAIL-WATCHER, 1970). CRUISING ... Read More »

PRIVATE RAILWAY CARS – THE LAND USE VERSION OF THE PRIVATE JET

The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet. See for yourself as Michael L. Grace takes us on a smooth ride cross country featured  in New York Social ... Read More »

Looking at the SOUTHERN BELLE

Cruising the past looks at the streamliner SOUTHERN BELLE. American deluxe rail travel, 1920s to 1950s, unrivaled anywhere to the present, the epitome of style, in transport, which gave travel its sense of occasion, combined with the right degree of urgency and speed. One such train was the streamliner SOUTHERN BELLE. A small train, with diner, observation-lounge and Pullman service ... Read More »