Category Archives: trains

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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Baltimore and Ohio Railroad dining car experience

In the photo above from Greco and Spence, Dining on the B&O, the caption reads in part: “The young man seated at dinner on the Royal Blue does not appear pleased that the camera has caught his dad cutting his … Continue reading

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French Quarter lounge on the Sunset Limited, 1950s

The 1950s “French Quarter Lounge” car on the Southern Pacific Sunset Limited, New Orleans-Los Angeles, a train still run by Amtrak today (with different equipment, of course). Todd and I have ridden it several times. Photo from my brochure collection; for … Continue reading

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Dome diner on the Union Pacific City of Los Angeles, competitor to the Super Chief

This is the train that was featured in an I Love Lucy episode. Lucy thought a jewel thief was in the room next to theirs and kept pulling the emergency cord, bringing the train to an abrupt halt. Each time … Continue reading

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Happy holidays and safe travels. See you here in the new year.

The Milwaukee Journal photo above was taken during the blizzard of January 29, 1947. The photo is reproduced here from the book Milwaukee Road Remembered, Jim Scribbins. The photo below is from a promotional flyer in my private collection. It … Continue reading

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Hairstyle for Lady Gaga, from 1915 Santa Fe poster

The poster is reproduced here from Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, The Trains We Rode, vol. 1, 1965 (in my personal library).

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Santa Fe “de Luxe” loading to depart L.A., c. 1915. “Junior patently doesn’t want to go. The porter has begun in advance to hate his passengers, and the woman on the steps is getting ready to file complaints before the train moves out of the depot.”

The quote above is from the caption to this photograph in The Trains We Rode, vol. 1, Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, 1965 (from my personal library). I like the photo as much for the authors’ interpretation of it as for … Continue reading

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