Monthly Archives: October 2014

Rio Grande streamliner Royal Gorge in the Royal Gorge: two more photos of different trains sets from different views

  The photo above is reproduced here from a Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad post card. The caption reads: “America’s Best-Loved Travel Wonder–the Royal Gorge–is the scenic highlight of one of Rio Grande’s two routes through the heart of … Continue reading

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The Canadian: artist’s rendition for Budd Company

Reproduced here from a National Geographic ad. I had the pleasure of riding The Canadian in its early VIA days, when it still used the Canadian Pacific route across Canada. I spent much of the journey looking out the back … Continue reading

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Chicago to LA streamliners in 1949: Super Chief, Chief, El Capitan, City of LA, Golden State

Train service changed continually, so we can talk only about a moment in time. Travel back with me to June 1949. There were far less people in the world than there are today, and less had money to travel, and, … Continue reading

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B&O’s Ambassador behind steam, 1951

  When we think of the streamliner era, it’s easy to forget how late steam-powered, predominantly heavy-weight trains ran. Above, B&O’s Ambassador leaves Washington for Detroit in December, 1951. (Photo reproduced from Kirk Reynolds and Dave Oroszi,┬áBaltimore & Ohio Railroad)

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