Category Archives: trains

Ronald Reagan advertising the Union Pacific Domeliner City of Los Angeles

Before he was governor, before he was president, actor Ronald Reagan appeared in these Union Pacific Railroad ads in the National Geographic in the mid-1950s. The Domeliner City of Los Angeles is the same train that was featured in the I Love … Continue reading

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Humor in a flute: the difficulty of defining “flute” or “fluted” for someone new to the English language

On a recent stay with a friend who teaches at the University of Arizona, she told Todd and me that a foreign visitor to the university who was mastering English quite nicely asked what “fluted” meant. My friend and her … Continue reading

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Amtrak California Zephyr in the Rockies: a picture for cooling off in July

Click to enlarge the photo. The track cuts across a mountainside, snow above and snow below. Todd and  I have ridden the Zephyr numerous times, winter and summer. It’s one of the world’s spectacular train rides, through the heart of the … Continue reading

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One Wants to Be Careful Which Drunk Friends One Chooses

I have lived in Washington, DC, full or part-time, since 1979. Our apartment is quite close to the Washington Hilton, which years ago led to some dinner guests telling us that, while walking to Metro from our apartment after drinking … Continue reading

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“Driscilla, don’t you wonder who threw up in the aisle during the night?”

I traveled with a bottle of bourbon, bought Cokes with ice in plastic cups in the lounge car, and carried them back to my seat to add the magic ingredient. The details are fuzzy, as traveling with a bottle of … Continue reading

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Crossing New Mexico at night

“A highball with a fellow traveler in the lounge as the New Mexico night rushed past the windows was a solace for human ills.” Beebe and Clegg, The Trains We Rode. This 1930s Southern Pacific Railroad photo was taken on … Continue reading

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Humor: Rock Island terrorizes its passengers

“To increase the ‘gee-whiz’ factor of the Jet Rocket (inaugurated between Chicago and Peoria in 1956) the train was delivered with a closed-circuit TV camera installed in the nose. The camera fed a television set in the lounge area. The idea … Continue reading

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