Category Archives: Union Pacific

Chicago to LA by train in the early ‘fifties–via the film Narrow Margin

The railroad and train are fictitious (although it takes the Santa Fe route), the station scenes when it’s boarding in Chicago are filmed at LA Union Station, and the external shots of the train vary from Pennsy steam to SP … 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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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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Santa Fe: Along the Route

I have multiple copies of Santa Fe’s booklet, “Along the Way.” The most recent, published in 1960, managed to look older because only the first few pages were updated. Above are the front and back covers. Only small black-and-white photos appear … Continue reading

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Union Pacific dome diners: two interior color schemes

  Both photos from Union Pacific ads in the National Geographic, latter half of the 1950s. These cars ran on the City of LA and City of Portland.      

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Los Angeles Union Station ticket sales wing

Today this wing of the station is reserved for special events, including, I believe, filming for movies and commercials. When I was a kid, each of the three railroads’ names appeared in sedate chrome or gold-colored metal lettering behind their … Continue reading

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