Fast Trains of the ’30s and Earlier

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The list above is from the Lucius Beebe book High Iron published in 1938. These 1930s records are a sad commentary on the lack of development of high-speed rail in the U.S.

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I couldn’t resist reproducing the photo below, also from High Iron, because it’s a unique view (shot facing forward, rather than toward the rounded end) of the observation lounge car on Santa Fe’s early Super Chief. In the book the photo is credited to the AT&SF but the photographer is unnamed.

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Budd New Haven RDC Cars: Late ’40s, Early ’50s Ad

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Budd Western Pacific “Zephyrette” RDC Ad

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For more about RDCs, and more about Western Pacific’s Zephyrettes, click on RDC on side bar.

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Missouri Pacific Colorado Eagle Ad: Late ’40s, Early ’50s

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The Eagle took you to mountains like in the drawing, but didn’t quite reach them. Dome coach, grill coach, diner-lounge, sleepers, coaches, overnight St. Louis to Denver.

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MONONLAND POSTCARD FOLDER

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Neither artist nor date is shown in this folder of postcards offered once upon a time by the Monon (Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad). Visit the Monon Railroad Historical Technical Society by clicking here.

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NEW YORK CENTRAL PITTSBURGH AND LAKE ERIE POSTCARD BOOK

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This book of more than 40 Howard Fogg paintings on detachable postcards was published by New York Central July 1, 1964 and shows a cover price of $2.00.

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Coast Starlight Predecessors: Southern Pacific Coast and Shasta Routes

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