Tag Archives: LOS ANGELES

SP’s Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT – The most beautiful train in the world

Going first class on board the Southern Pacific's Coast Daylight in the Observation Parlor Car.

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 »

THE BIG RED CARS

The Red Cars route to downtown Los Angeles.  The subway tunnel. Picture Los Angeles today, and most people summon up images of cars and freeways. But if you talk to people of a certain age who grew up in Los Angeles, and mention the words “red cars”, you will hear about a time before the freeways, when a network of ... Read More »

From The Getty Museum to Lisbon’s Hills – The Future and The Past – Two Unique Ways to Transport People

The Getty Museum tram on video. Lisbon’s Glória funicular on video. CRUISING THE PAST looks at the Getty Museum tram and the Glória funicular in Lisbon. Each of these unique ways to transport people climb a mountain. One is modern and the other old – but they share one thing in common – both are unique and an attraction in ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Princess Cruise Lines new ad tells it like it is. Cruising by great liners, Pullman trains, 1970s glamor of “Love Boat” compared to the grim reality of air travel today.

Princess Cruises excellent and rather cynical television ad (click on arrow) reminds everyone what we already know about the horrors of air travel as compared to sailing aboard a ship. The Pullman Company use to have the greatest safety record and so did such venerable companies such as the Santa Fe. Today, rail travel in America is not a great ... Read More »