Monthly Archives: January 2014

New York Central, Pennsylvania Broadway Limited, and Budd RDC car ads from the National Geographic

I I have 50 or so ads scissored out of a junior-high pal’s father’s National Geograhics collection (you can imagine how happy his father was when he found out what his son had done). Because of how I came into … Continue reading

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Budd RDC car in National Geographic ad and the Zephyrette and Choctaw Rocket in photos

Budd’s RDC car, in a National Geographic ad above, was the railroads’ solution to running trains over routes that didn’t draw many passengers. The longest RDC run was Western Pacific’s Zephyrette, companion to Western Pacific’s California Zephyr (for which I’ve already posted … Continue reading

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Southern Pacific Sunset Limited publicity painting, c. 1950

The drawing is reproduced here from Southern Pacific’s “Wonderful Ways West” booklet, which features all their trains, although this painting saw wide use. A copy of it hung in the Pomona, California, Southern Pacific station, I remember. The Sunset Limited … Continue reading

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Union Pacific City of Los Angeles brochure, c. 1955

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Santa Fe Super Chief, competitor to the Union Pacific City of Los Angeles and ancestor of the Amtrak Southwest Chief

For a few musings about the Super Chief and my recent Southwest Chief journey, see The Fred Harvey post card above was sold in packets aboard Santa Fe trains. It’s captioned: “Raton Pass, the highest point on the Santa Fe … Continue reading

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