Monthly Archives: February 2015

Texas and Pacific Texas Eagle: the last train on which you could cross the country without changing trains

It wasn’t advertised and I don’t know that anyone did it, but after the late 1950s saw the end of the transcontinental sleepers that were switched from train to train in Chicago, you could still go coast-to-coast without stepping off … Continue reading

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Union Pacific Streamliner City of Las Vegas in winter sun on Cajon Pass

Photo by L.W. Donat in Dick Donat, Trackside Around Southern California 1954-1963 with Dick Donat. The City of Las Vegas, later called the Las Vegas Holiday Special and for a period a GM Aerotrain, was limited in its success by that fact that … Continue reading

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It depends where you are in California: Southern Pacific City of San Francisco snowbound

The caption to the photo below, from Yenne, Bill, ed., All Aboard! The Golden Age of Rail Travel, reads in part: “In January 1952, a monstrous blizzard trapped passengers aboard the City of San Francisco for four days.” Somewhere in my collection … Continue reading

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