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[Burt C. Blanton at the Depot in Erwin, Tennessee]
The author - Burt C. Blanton - stands on the open platform of the Clinchfield Railroad's Office Car No. 100, which is located on a siding adjacent to the passenger depot at Erwin, Tennessee. The time is noon, Sunday, June 10, 1979. This was a modern car with a complement of conventional equipment. The exterior was painted dark green. The cars letterboard bore the name "Clinchfield" plus the number 100 positioned on either side, centered below the windows, all in gold leaf. There was a gold stripe near the car's base, running along each side and across the rear-end platform. Office Car No. 100 was formerly an Atlantic Coast Lines dining car bearing the name "Orlando" and the car was rebuilt in the Clinchfield's Erwin Shops.
[Clinchfield's Railroad's Special Excursion train]
A survivor of the "Glory Days of Steam" - the author: Burt C. Blanton - momentarily delays departure of the Clinchfield Railroad's special excursion train wich is standing at the Marion, North Carolina Depot; scheduled to leave at 9:00 am on Sunday morning, June 10, 1979. The train is headed by the Clinchfield's passenger locomotives, No. 200, type FP-7A, and No. 800, type F-7A. The consist was eight cars. The train's route was in a northerly direction from Marion to Erwin, Tennessee - a rail distance of 82.3 miles. The Clinchfield Railroad is a typical mountain line (standard gauge) - 275 miles in length - completed on February 9, 1915, at an average cost of $201,000 per mile. It's rails traverse a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the railroad crosses the Eastern Transcontinental Divide in the Blue Ridge Tunnel which has a length of 1,865 feet. There are 55 tunnels on the route, ranging from 154 to 7,865 feet. This excellent short line railroad extends from the southern terminus, Spartanburg, South Carolina, via Marion, North Carolina to Erwin, Tennessee; and thence to the northern terminus at Elkhorn City, Kentucky.
[Burt C. Blanton and G. Robert Freeman, Jr. in Denison, Texas]
Burt C. Blanton and G. Robert Freeman, Jr. have just de-trained from a trip aboard the "Flying Scotsman" at the KATY Station in Denison, Texas on June 20, 1970.
["The Flying Scotsman" leaving Dallas]
The famed English locomotive, London and North Eastern Railway's No 4472, "The Flying Scotsman" with its nine car consist leaving Dallas early on the morning of June 20, 1970. A southbound KATY freight train waits on the siding.
[Advent of the Streamliners]
This photograph portrays the dawn of a new era in railroading - advent of the streamliners in the late 1930s and early 1940s, plus modernization of the " Age of Steam" streamlining steam motive power. The splendor of Southern Pacific's "The Sunbeam" is shown. This train went into service between Dallas and Houston on September 15, 1937 - traversing the rail distance: 265 miles in 265 minutes. The consist of eight lightweight cars is headed by Engine No. 652, a Pacific type 4-6-2 streamlined steam locomotive with disc drivers, air horn and equipped with a Vanderbuilt tender (an oil burner).
[Amarillo Depot]
The Santa Fe's attractive and well maintained depot at Amarillo, Texas.
["Los Angeles Limited" in Cheyenne, Wyoming]
Photograph of one of the Union Pacific Railroad's most famous passenger trains - the "Los Angeles Limited" headed by an Atlantic type 4-4-2 locomotive, Engine No. 116 as it passes through Cheyenne, Wyoming. The train consisted of seven handcrafted wooden cars - heated by potbellied iron stoves and illuminated by kerosene lamps.
["Los Angeles Limited" In Echo Canyon]
Union Pacific's "Los Angeles Limited" headed by a mountain type 4-8-2 locomotive - Engine No. 7020 with Vanderbuilt tender and a consist of nine cars stands on the siding in Echo Canyon, Utah. "Pusher" locomotive in the rear.
["Argonaut" passenger trains in West Texas]
Long ago in the age of steam, the Southern Pacific's "Argonaut" passenger trains, numbers 104 and 103, east and westbound, respectively, meet in the early morning hours at mile post 450 between Langtry and Pumpville in far west Texas.
["Aztec Eagle" departing from Mexico City]
"The Aztec Eagle" train No. 1 northbound, modern streamlined passenger train of the National Railways of Mexico departing from Mexico City on the 802 mile run to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico located on the Rio Grande opposite Laredo, Texas. Circa 1960.
[The "Banner Limited"]
Wabash Railway's The "Banner Limited" dating from the turn of the century, traverses the 286 mile route between St. Louis and Chicago. It was a daylight train - No. 11 southbound and No. 10 northbound - operating on a schedule of about seven hours. In this photograph the "Banner Limited" is headed by an Atlantic type 4-4-2 locomotive, engine No. 602, with a consist of old wooden cars which have underbody truss rods and open platforms. As early as June 1916, this train was cited in the Official Guide of the Railways as having modern steel equipment, comprising Smoking, Chair, Dining, and Observation cars.
["Blue Bird" near St. Louis, Missouri]
Wabash Railroad's famous streamliner "Blue Bird" train No. 24 northbound, powered by diesel locomotive No. 1002 with domes on Pullman cars and coaches. glides through beautiful Forest Park, St. Louis, enroute to Chicago.
["The Bluebonnet" in Cuba, Missouri]
St. Louis - San Francisco (Frisco) Railway's de Luxe passenger train - "The Bluebonnet" (jointly operated with the Missouri - Kansas - Texas Railroad) train No. 8, northbound, headed by Engine No. 4501, a Northern type 4-8-4 locomotive, rolls on the high iron at a speed of a mile a minute through the town of Cuba, Missouri, enroute to St. Louis.
["C.P. Huntington" locomotive]
Southern Pacific's No. 1 locomotive - the C.P. Huntington - type 4-2-4T, built in the shops of Danforth, Cooke and Company of Paterson, New Jersey, in 1863. This diminutive steam engine was the first to cross the Huey P. Long Bridge spanning the Mississippi River during opening ceremonies on December 16, 1935.
["The California Limited"]
Santa Fe's oldest name train - the California Limited stand in the Los Angeles California depot. This de Luxe passenger train headed by a beautiful ten wheeler, type 4-6-0 engine No. 53, with a consist of six superb passenger cars, all handcrafted wood - having open platforms and under body truss rods - has consummated its long journey - approximately 2,267 miles - requiring about 68 hours - from Chicago.
["California Zephyr" in Colorado]
The superb Vista-Domed streamliner, "California Zephyr", rolls over Western Pacific rails through Feather River Canyon in California, circa 1960. Mountains and a river are in the background.
["California Zephyr" in Colorado]
The famous "California Zephyr" roll through Colorado on Denver and Rio Grande Western Rails, circa 1960. This modern Domeliner traveled a route of 2,532 miles from Chicago to Dan Francisco. The luxury train was jointly operated by the Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads.
["El Capitan" climbs towards Raton Pass]
Climbing towards the crest of Raton Pass, Santa Fe's "El Capitan", a high-level consist, affords passengers an opportunity to enjoy the mountain scenery of southern Colorado near the famous Wootton Ranch.
["The Capitol Limited"]
Baltimore and Ohio's "The Capitol Limited" train No. 6, eastbound rolls through Halithorpe, Maryland enroute to Washington D.C. circa 1959.
["The Capitol Limited" in Potomac River valley]
"The Capitol Limited" one of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's classic trains in the Potomac River valley. This train provided excellent facilities and cuisine between Chicago and Washington D.C.
[Chesapeake and Ohio's "The George Washington"]
Awaiting the hour of departure the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway's "The George Washington" train No. 2, eastbound, headed by Engine No. 307, a mighty Hudson type 4-6-4 locomotive, stands in the Cincinnati Union Station as the conductor and engineer make a last minute check of the time indicated by their respective watches, circa 1943.
Illustration of "Chessie" the cat, mascot for Pullman passenger rail line (the Chesapeake and Ohio) with the slogan "Sleep Like a Kitten". This cat is depicted sleeping in a Pullman berth which constitutes a framed picture mounted on the wall where entry is made into the Pullman car.
[Chicago and North Western Railway's passenger station]
This photograph depicts one of the nations finest railroad passenger stations - Chicago and North Western Railway's Chicago passenger station. Sign above the station says" Streamliners, North Western, Union Pacific"
[Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad's coach yard]
Aerial view of the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad's fabulous 51st Street coach yard and facilities in Chicago. At this time the destruction of the nation's great network of rail passenger service was only about two years away.
[Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad's suburban passenger train]
This photograph depicts one of the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad's suburban passenger trains departing from 64th Street Station Chicago. The train is headed by Engine No. 210 - a Prairie type 2-6-2 locomotive, with a consist of five standard heavyweight passenger coaches.
[Chicago "Pay-Car"]
This photograph portrays an unusual rail consist: Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad's Engine No. 202, a 2-6-2 type heading the "pay-car" in Chicago. In this era the railroad's tracks were being elevated throughout the metropolitan area.
[Chihuahua - Pacific Railway train on Santa Barbara Bridge]
Chihuahua - Pacific Railway's passenger train on the horse shoe curve of the Santa Barbara bridge in a region of mountain vastness in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico around 1963.
[Clovis, New Mexico depot]
For many years this depot at Clovis, New Mexico was one of the busiest passenger terminals on Santa Fe rails, circa 1960. This was the junction point for passenger trains operating to and from the Texas cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston; also, for the mainline trains operating via Amarillo to and from Chicago and the West Coast.
["Colorado Special" rolls through the Texas panhandle]
Forth Worth and Denver Railway's "Colorado Special" train No. 1, northbound, headed by Engine No. 553, a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, with a consist of eleven cars, rolls through the Texas Panhandle High Plains enroute from Dallas to Denver.
[Commuter Train]
Commuter train on the electrified division of the New Haven Railroad between New York and New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1960.
[Cotton Belt motor train in Tyler, Texas]
Cotton Belt's motor train No. 401 powered by gas-electric motor car No. 16 arriving in Tyler, Texas.
["The Crescent" in the Georgia mountains]
"The Crescent" on w of Southern Railway's deluxe streamliners, crosses the mountains of north Georgia. It carried private room Pullman cars between New York and New Orleans and reclining-seat coaches between Washington D.C. and Atlanta and New Orleans.
["The Crescent Limited"]
Southern Railway's " The Crescent Limited" famous New Orleans - New York train, headed by engine No.1394, a big Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, enroute between Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina.
[Dallas Passenger Depot]
The Texas and Pacific Railway's Dallas passenger depot located on the south side of Pacific Avenue t the intersection of Lamar Street. This depot was in service until the Dallas Union Terminal was opened in the autumn of 1916.
[Dearborn Station]
Dearborn Station, completed and opened to service in 1885, was owned by the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Company, together with its five owner companies. The station's main floor and mezzanine waiting rooms were completely modernized in 1947. This modernization program included the Fred Harvey operated restaurant and cocktail lounge.
[Depot at south rim of the Grand Canyon]
Typical of early structures in the West is the Santa Fe's Depot located at the terminus of the branch line at the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
[Dining car on Santa Fe's "Texas Chief"]
Dinner being served in the dining car of the Santa Fe's "Texas Chief" train No. 15, southbound, enroute from Chicago to Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Houston.
[Early "California Limited" entering Los Angeles]
One of the early "California Limiteds" entering the suburbs of Los Angeles, possibly dating from the late 1870's. The ten-wheeler, type 4-6-0, heading the train bears an original Santa Fe engine No. 54, indicative of ancient age. At the turn of the century the Santa Fe owned a large fleet of these locomotives: 478 ten-wheelers; these were versatile engines, known as "Jack of all Trades." However, no steam locomotives of this type were built to Santa Fe blueprints later than 1901. Observe the consist: the old weather-worn wooden railway post office car in the lead and the other open-platform wooden cars - all heated by potbellied iron stoves which burned wood or coal, and illuminated by kerosene. In this era, travel by rail had potential hazards but its popularity never waned.
[Engine 183 above the Toltec Gorge]
Rio Grande's engine No. 483 exits from Toltec Tunnel No. 2 on narrow gauge rails between Alamosa and Durango, Colorado. This is above Toltec Gorge with the Garfield Monument located about 100 feet west of the tunnel portal. Rocky cliffs are to the left of the track and a railing is to the right.
[Engine 488 at Chama, New Mexico Depot]
Engine No. 488. a Mikado type 2-8-2 narrow gauge locomotive, heads Rail Fans' Special train at Chama, New Mexico Depot on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.
[Engine on the turntable at the Cadiz St. roundhouse in Dallas]
St. Louis Southwestern Railway's Engine No. 679, a mountain type 4-8-2 locomotive, on the turntable at Cadiz Street Roundhouse in Dallas.
[Ferry Barge and Passenger Train in New Orleans]
Southern Pacific's ferry barge "Mastodon" - with accompanying tug boats - awaits passenger train moving aboard to be ferried across the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana.
[Ferry Barge and Passenger Train in New Orleans]
Southern Pacific's ferry barge, the "Mastodon" with passenger train aboard, is taken in tow by tugboats for the crossing of the Mississippi River at New Orleans.
["The Firefly" entering Kansas City]
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad's "The Firefly" train No. 14-32, northbound, headed by a mountain type 4-8-2 locomotive, entering the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1925.
["The Flying Crow" rolling through Eastwood Hills, Missouri]
Kansas City Southern Railway's " The Flying Crow" train No. 15, southbound, rolls through Eastwood Hills, Missouri enroute from Kansas City to Shreveport, Louisiana, circa 1925. The train is headed by a beautiful Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive with a Vanderbilt oil tender.
[GG1 Electric Locomotive]
Pensy's famous GG1 electric locomotive, number 4868, heads passenger train on the electrified division, circa 1959. This type of locomotive has a capability of pulling a consist of 17 to 22 streamlined cars at speeds up to 90 miles per hour.
["Gouldsboro" ferry boat]
Texas and Pacific Railway's "Gouldsboro", a steam powered ferry boat, transports a passenger train across the Mississippi River at New Orleans, circa 1938.
[Grand Central Station in Chicago]
One if the nation's greatest rail terminals was the Baltimore and Ohio's Grand Central Station in Chicago. The station has a large clock tower on the corner and automobiles outside on the street. Grand Central Station was opened on Dec 8, 1890.
[Grand Central Station in Chicago]
Grand Central Station, Chicago was opened on December 8, 1890. Baltimore and Ohio's passenger service into and out of this terminal was inaugurated in Dec 1, 1891. Sign on the side of the building says, " C & O, B & O Want Passengers? You bet! only $22.15 to Washington - Free movies - Try us - WA.2-2211".
[La Grande Station in Los Angeles]
The old Santa Fe passenger depot, La Grande Station, in Los Angeles, California around 1920.
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