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.
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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Tagged 1930s, City of Denver, City of Los Angeles, Denver Zephyr, Empire State Express, Florida Mail, Locomotive Antelope, Lucius Beebe, Pennsylvania Special, Speed records, Twentieth Century Limited
For more about RDCs, and more about Western Pacific’s Zephyrettes, click on RDC on side bar.
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.
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.
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.