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["The Owl" at Oakland, California]

Description: Southern Pacific's "The Owl" at Oakland, California depot (also designated as 16th Street) at 7:53 am enroute to San Francisco. This was a fast overnight train operating between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Date: c. 1938
Item Type: Photograph

["Yankee Clipper" in Forest Hills, Mass]

Description: The New Haven Railroad's "Yankee Clipper" headed by Engine No. 1396 - a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, enroute through Forest Hills, Massachusetts, on June 11, 1934. Operating between Boston and New York on a 4-hour and 45-minute schedule, this All-Pullman train comprised Club car, two Parlor cars, Dining car, and Sun Parlor Observation car. The "Yankee Clipper" rolled over the New Haven's main line rails - between Grand Central station (New York) and Back Bay, South Station (Boston) - a rail distance of 229.5 miles - at an average speed of 51 miles per hour. This was an excellent schedule for the era.
Date: June 11, 1934
Item Type: Photograph

[Photograph of "Sunset Limited" crossing the Mississippi River]

Description: Photograph of Southern Pacific's "Sunset Limited" train No. 1 westbound, aboard the ferry barge "Mastodon" accompanied by Engine No.73, a steam switcher, type 0-6-0, with a slope-backed tender - is being ferried across the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Avondale, Louisiana.
Date: 1930~
Item Type: Photograph

["The Hustler" arriving in Shreveport, Louisana]

Description: Known in the Pelican State as the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway's "The Hustler," train No. 4-203, northbound, arriving in Shreveport, Louisiana from New Orleans on an April morning in 1939. The small Pacific, type 4-6-3 locomotive, which heads this passenger train, carries the train's name etched on a metal plate attached to the boiler front, positioned below the headlight. These overnight trains - operating between New Orleans and Shreveport were popular over a long span of years, making the approximate 329.4 mile run in about 10 hours. A portion of the route was over Louisiana and Arkansas rails and also over Louisiana Railway and Navigation company's rails. This subsidiary of the Kansas city Southern Lines was known as the "Edenborn Line".
Date: April 1939
Item Type: Photograph

["North Coast Limited" in Livingston, Montana]

Description: Northern Pacific Railway's "North Coast Limited" headed by Engine No. 2608, class A, Northern, type 4-8-4 locomotive, makes a station stop at Livingston, Montana. This was a Northern Pacific train from Seattle to St. Paul and a Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy train from St. Paul to Chicago.
Date: c. 1938
Item Type: Photograph

[Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad's suburban passenger train]

Description: 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.
Date: c. 1934
Creator: Hastman, Lee
Item Type: Photograph

["The Pennsylvainia Limited" westbound]

Description: This scene became commonplace by 1929 - Pennsy passenger trains headed by famed K4s Pacifics on first-class passenger runs - because the Atlantics had been retired. In this view, "The Pennsylvania Limited" train No. 5 westbound, headed by a K4s Pacific, type 4-6-2 locomotive, Engine No. 5375 rolls on the high iron at more than a mile a minute with ten cars of standard varnish.
Date: c. 1930
Item Type: Photograph

["The Montrealer" near Montreal]

Description: Photograph of one of America's most unique passenger trains. Depicted in this photograph is the "Montrealer" train No. 21, northbound, on the last portion of its journey near Montreal, Canada. The famous old name train - headed by a C,ational's Engine No. 231 - a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive with a consist of five standard heavyweight cats - was om service for a number of decades. "The Montrealer" was a Pennsylvania train from Washington D.C. to New York; a New Haven train from New York to Springfield; a Boston train from Springfield to White River Junction; and a Canadian National train from White River Junction to Montreal. The rail distance was 669.7 miles. Over a span of years "The Montrealer" departed from Washington at 4:00 pm and arrived in Montreal at 8:55 am. This schedule was equivalent to an average running time of about 40 miles per hour.
Date: January 1938
Item Type: Photograph

[Six Texas & Pacific Trains head to the 1936 Rose Bowl]

Description: Texas and Pacific Railway's six special trains, which carried football fans to the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California, which was played on January 1, 1936, await the hour of departure in the Dallas Union Terminal Station on Sunday afternoon, December 29, 1935. Train No. 1, christened the "Flagship" headed by Engine No. 905, a 900 Class Mountain type 4-8-2 locomotive, stands on the track at extreme right.
Date: December 29, 1935
Item Type: Photograph

["The Ranger" near Arbuckle, Oklahoma]

Description: Santa Fe's No. 1, with two diesel units heading "The Ranger" train No. 6, northbound, with a consist of ten cars, in Big Canyon near Arbuckle, Oklahoma. The image has been attributed to photographer Preston George.
Date: April 1937
Item Type: Photograph

["The Green Diamond"]

Description: Illinois Central's original train "The Green Diamond" which went into service between Chicago and St. Louis in 1936. The consist included a combine baggage-mail car, four coaches, dining car, and observation parlor car.
Date: c. 1936
Item Type: Photograph

[Santa Fe Train in Chicago]

Description: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's Train No. 6, northbound headed by Engine No. 3422, a Pacific type 4-6-2, with a consist of ten steel cars rolls past the Chicago suburbs near Weston Avenue on August 14, 1932.
Date: August 14, 1932
Item Type: Photograph

[Roundhouse at Gainesville, Texas]

Description: Santa Fe Railway's nine-stall roundhouse at Gainesville, Texas on February 27, 1938. Locomotives, laying over between freight runs, are two Consolidations, type 2-8-0, Nos. 1904 and 1910; one Mikado, type 2-8-2, No. 4051; and one yard switcher, type 0-8-0, No. 787.
Date: February 27, 1938
Creator: Mizell, Charles M.
Item Type: Photograph

["Gouldsboro" ferry boat]

Description: Texas and Pacific Railway's "Gouldsboro", a steam powered ferry boat, transports a passenger train across the Mississippi River at New Orleans, circa 1938.
Date: c. 1938
Item Type: Photograph

[Cincinnati Union Station]

Description: One of the nation's greatest railroad terminals, the Cincinnati Union Station, March 1933. This terminal was designed to accommodate, daily, 17,000 people and 216 trains (108 inbound and 108 outbound). This station has eight platforms serving 16 tracks. Each platform has length of 1,600 feet. This terminal represents a total investment in excess of forty-one million dollars.
Date: March 1933
Creator: Nowak, Ed
Item Type: Photograph

[South Station in Boston]

Description: South Station in Boston, June 1930. At this date the large train shed was being removed as part of the overall modernization of the station. Platform canopies were the replacement. This large terminal had twenty stub end tracks. In the background a steamship is moored at the wharf and in the foreground are the tracks and depot of the Boston Elevated Railway.
Date: June 1930
Item Type: Photograph