Category Archives: trains

“Steamliner Memories,” my newest blog

I’ve begun posting my ’50s and ’60s rail fan collection at Above is a Santa Fe post card of their El Capitan in New Mexico, and below is the dining car on the Union Pacific City of Denver, as pictured … Continue reading

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A vintage crime scene: classic cars await the steam-pulled Chippewa at Coleman, WI, 1938.

I love shots like this because I love vintage crime (and I love trains). Photo from Trains magazine archive, reproduced in The Hiawatha Story, Jim Scribbons.

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1930s cars in the parking lot as the streamlined Hiawatha arrives

A train figures into Double Indemnity but not this Milwaukee Road Hiawatha because the novel was set in L.A. But this photo, taken in Greater Milwaukee and credited to the railroad, gives the feel of the era. Photo reproduced from The Hiawatha Story by Jim Scribbins.

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Third and Townsend Station, San Francisco, lunchroom

This atmospheric photo probably was taken a few years after the time of Double Indemnity and is in San Francisco, not L.A., but gives the feel of the era. Photo from Jim Escalante and Mike Jarel collection, reproduced from Southern Pacific Passenger Trains, Volume … Continue reading

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Women’s fashion, mid-1930s, courtesy of Milwaukee Road

This view of the well-dressed woman alighting from the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha was used to advertise the new streamliner that went into service between Chicago and St. Paul-Minneapolis in the summer of 1935. Photo by the railroad, reproduced from The … Continue reading

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