From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says to another character: “Only talent agents and kept woman ride the Chief. But theSuper Chief is an exclusive ... Read More »
From the devilish mountain peaks, deep gorges to a temperamental bridge, these trains cross some of the world’s most spectacular and downright dangerous landscapes. If you can handle hair-raising bends and gut-clenching drops, take a ride on the world’s most dangerous railways. Here are the twelve famous dangerous railways featured on “The Most Dangerous Trains in the World” video which ... Read More »
“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 end ... Read More »
Part 1 – The Panama Limited – Chicago to New Orleans – History of the All-Pullman famous streamliner!
The Panama Limited was a passenger train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. It operated from 1911 to 1971. This is a two-part history of the famous streamliner. The Panama Limited speeding south during the 1940s. The Panama Limited took its name from the Panama Canal, then under construction and three years from completion. For ... 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 »
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 »
Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a white background and red corners, was famous in shipping circles, especially on the ... Read More »
Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien – Sailing from France, via the Panama Canal, to Cambodia and Vietnam.
The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitian (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers, and military personnel to French outposts in the Caribbean and the ... Read More »
Social History – Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars. Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. She came on the Super Chief. Read More »
Great YOUTUBE video of the Brighton Belle. 29th June 1934: Staff of the Southern Railway at Victoria station, London changing the name board on the front of a train, the ‘Southern Belle’ is now called the ‘Brighton Belle’. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) The Brighton Belle represents an important part of British railway heritage, the only all-electric Pullman ... Read More »
FIFTY YEARS AGO – THE SLOGAN WAS NEXT TIME TAKE THE TRAIN – YOU WOULD TRAVEL PULLMAN FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY – TODAY AMTRAK IS AN INSULT TO THE HISTORY OF USA PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE
Amtrak Passengers Stuck On ‘Train From Hell’ For Almost 24 Hours on the CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR. Amtrak being allowed to ues the name CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR is an insult to one of the great streamliners in American history (pictured to the left). The slogan for the Pullman Company was “next time take the train.” You would be able to travel in Pullman ... Read More »
The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café. This was the depot’s main waiting room. Click here to visit the La Grande Orange Café website. The depot’s waiting room just after it closed as the Santa Fe/Amtrak Station. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena was home to the Super ... Read More »
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 »
Passenger Train History: 1945 first class railway dining car service on the New York Central System. Complete breakfast for eighty five cents during World War Two.
During WW 2, railway dining cars were crowded because of the mass movement in the United States of civilian passengers and military personnel. This is a New York Central System breakfast menu from WW 2 aboard a train in 1945: featuring the menu, wartime dining car policy and a massage about America. Read More »
TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s former private railway car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by 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 today in New York ... Read More »