Monthly Archives: June 2014

The California Zephyr at Grand Junction, Colorado: quintessential summer railroading from the late 1940s until now

Twice a year, Christmastime and summertime, I ride across country by train. I savor the full day on board between Chicago or New Orleans and the West Coast. Whether I’m going over Raton Pass, New Mexico or looking out the … Continue reading

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The Via Canadian takes the route of the Canadian National Super Continental

Through the heart of the Rockies today’s Canadian doesn’t take the route of its Canadian Pacific namesake, but instead the more northerly route of Canadian National’s Super Continental, stopping at Jasper rather than Banff.  In this scene, produced here from … Continue reading

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Frisco timetable, November 1960: front cover, back cover with add for the Kansas-City Florida Special, and map

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Frisco Texas Special diesels, brand new in La Grange, Illinois, 1947

Reproduced here from a Vanishing Vista’s post card, the photo is credited to the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. The Texas Special was streamlined in the late forties and competed with Missouri Pacific’s Texas Eagle. The Texas Special carried an … Continue reading

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Frisco Meteor arriving St. Louis

As the caption to this photo from Steve Glischinski’s Burlington Northern and Its Heritage says, the Meteor is reduced to mostly headend traffic by the time this summer 1965 photo was taken by Jim Boyd. Inaugurated in the late forties, … Continue reading

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Frisco’s Kansas City Florida Special arriving Kansas City

The caption to this photo from David R. Sweetland’s Wabash in Color says this is the KC-Florida Special leaving KC, but I think it’s arriving. At least according to my May 1964 Official Guide and my November 1960 Frisco schedule, the KC-Florida … Continue reading

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Budd ad featuring Baltimore and Ohio, from National Geographic magazine

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New York Central dining car ad from National Geographic magazine

I remember having chicken in the diner on the James Whitcomb Riley and asking my aunt why they served the water in bowls. I’d never seen a finger bowl before.  

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Southern Pacific Railroad matchbook, 1960s

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