Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rio Grande Royal Gorge: postcard photo, c. 1960

The caption of this Rio Grande-logoed post card–postmarked Salt Lake City (1960, I believe, though the date is hard to read) and with a 2-cent stamp on it–reads: “Colorado’s highest peak and second highest in the nation is Mt. Elbert–14,231 … Continue reading

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Rio Grande Prospector, Royal Gorge, Colorado Eagle, and Zephyr: folding brochure

This four-leaf folder was designed to highlight the fact that Rio Grande had domes. The domes protrude from the top of the folder. Note that the Colorado Eagle was in Missouri Pacific color scheme, being an MP train for most … Continue reading

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Rio Grande Prospector

This brochure is from my collection. I met a man at a dinner party who rode the Prospector on business frequently. He told me that the diner-lounges on it were unusual in that the kitchen was in the center of … Continue reading

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Baltimore and Ohio Streamliner Cincinnatian of the late ’40s, 1950s

\ Photo by Don Wood, reproduced here from an Audio-Visual Designs postcard captioned: “‘The Cincinnatian,’ train number 53 westbound from Toledo, makes a station and water stop at Deshler, O. The time was July 1956, just a few months before … Continue reading

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Western Pacific freight diesel color scheme, 1942

Photo, Western Pacific; reproduced here from a post card distributed by Lyman E. Cox.

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New York Centrail James Whitcomb Riley, menu and photos

The two NYC photos below,  of a circular bar in a lounge car on the Riley and of an observation car, are reproduced here from Beebe & Clegg, The Trains We Rode. I rode the Riley twice, first in 1963, connecting from the Challenger … Continue reading

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Illinois Central Land O’ Corn

While searching for Riley pictures, I came across this June 1965 Dale Jacobson shot of the Illinois Central Land O’ Corn at Rockford, IL. It’s reproduced here from a 1984 Potomac Chapter NRHS calendar.

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