SS AMERICA – Maiden Voyage – 1940

SS AMERICA – Sailing from New York on her maiden voyage The SS America was an ocean liner built in 1940 for the United States Lines. She carried many names in the 54 years between her construction and her 1994 wrecking, as she served as the SS America (carrying this name three different times during her career), the USS West ... Read More »

In 1960 Trans-Atlantic Steamship Line services from New York to Europe were still going strong with almost daily sailings – Starting at $412.50 one-way first class on the Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth.

New York’s Liner Row – Early 1960s The following are listings of schedules and minimum fares for Trans-Atlantic steamship service taken from the April 1960 issue of the Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines. Even in April and May 1960 (less than fifty years ago) there was almost daily steamship service from New York to Europe. Lines ... Read More »

EARLY AMERICAN STREAMLINED TRAINS – During the Golden Age of Rail Travel…

THIS booklet was designed to provide a brief, running commentary on the country along the trail of The Milwaukee Road between Lake Michigan and the Pacific Coast for the great streamliner – OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA. This is a view of the dome car. EARLY AMERICAN STREAMLINED TRAINS… Preserved Chesapeake & Ohio No. 490 “Class L 4-6-4” steam locomotive showing the streamlining ... Read More »

United States Lines – NEW YORK to LOSANGELES – PANAMA CANCAL CRUISE – $250 First Class

In 1932, the Manhattan became the first ship actually built for the United States Line, followed the next year by Washington. With World War Two approaching, the two ships stopped sailing to Europe. This ad is from the July 22, 1940 edition of Time Magazine. The two ships would only operate briefly on this run before Pearl Harbor. Read More »


A “Cruising The Past” short film taking a nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON… The SS CATALINA and the SS AVALON – early 1950s – Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, California… The SS CATALINA and SS AVALON were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – CUNARD’S FRANCONIA – Around the World in 133 Days

Franconia II – 1923 – 1956 Gross Tonnage – 20,158 tons Dimensions – 183.27m (190.18m overall) x 22.46m: 601.3ft (624ft overall) x 73.7ft. Number of funnels – 1 Number of masts – 2 Construction – Steel Propulsion – Twin-screw Engines – Steam turbines (double-reduction) Service speed – 16 knots Builder – John Brown & Co, Glasgow Launch date – 21 ... Read More »

Amtrak Celebrates National Train Day with Ceremony Honoring Pullman Porters in Chicago

  CHICAGO – Amtrak, in partnership with the Chicago-based A. Philip Randolph Museum, will host a ceremony during National Train Day this Saturday (May 10, 2008) to honor the contributions of the legendary Pullman Porters to the nation’s railroads. Amtrak employees will gather to give heartfelt thanks in person to six porters who proudly served as far back as the ... Read More »