Tag Archives: Amtrak

From America’s great railways in the 1950s to China’s latest high-speed rail line.

China’s latest new high-speed passenger rail line halves travel time between Shanghai and the eastern city of Hangzhou China on Tuesday unveiled what it described as the world’s fastest bullet train, which will connect two of the country’s industrial hubs traveling at an average speed of 350 km per hour. What American train travel use to be like:  Take a ... 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 »

Seeking the last of the Pullman Porters.

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: Amtrak will never be the answer… no matter how much money the USA gives it.

Compare dinner aboard the Southern Pacific’s Lark between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1950s with dining aboard today’s USA Government run Amtrak. No matter how much money they sink into Amtrak –  rail service will never achieve the elegance and opulence of the past. The Lark Club dining room aboard the famous all-Pullman train overnight between Los Angeles ... Read More »

Empire Builder to Milwaukee. From Streamliners to Amtrak.

Youtube video on the change from private rail service to Amtrak. Privately run intercity passenger service in Milwaukee was a thing of the past by early 1971. The Federal government had formed Amtrak to remove the burden of passenger service from the railroads and insure that core passenger routes remained active. By May 1st, when Amtrak rolled into Milwaukee, things ... Read More »

PRSIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA ARRIVES ABOARD PRIVATE PULLMAN RAILWAY CAR “GEORGIA 300″ IN WASHINGTON DC ABOARD SPECIAL AMTRAK TRAIN.

President-Elect Barack Obama’s arrival in Washington Union Station today was aboard the GEORGIA 300 – a 1930s Pullman manufactured private railway car attached to the rear of the streamlined Amtrak train carrying him from Philadelphia and Baltimore. This was not Obama’s first use of the private car GEORGIA 300 – he used it in his November campaign train. The President ... Read More »

PULLMAN CAR HISTORY: DID PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA’S WHISTLE STOP TRIAN TOUR BY PRIVATE PULLMAN CAR “GEORGIA 300″ AND PRO-AMTRAK POSITION HELP HIM WIN THE PRESIDENCY?

President-elect Barack Obama aboard the chartered private Pullman GEORGIA 300 for his whistle-stop tour.  President-elect Barack Obama is a big supporter of Amtrak and conducted an old fashioned whistle stop tour during his campaign aboard the private car GEORGIA 300.  John McCain, who has been adamantly opposed to Amtrak, didn’t carry on this traditional American political tradition.  Did this policy ... Read More »