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[Early "California Limited" entering Los Angeles]

Description: 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.
Date: 1870~

[The "Banner Limited"]

Description: 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.
Date: 1900~

[Early Passenger Train in Minnesota]

Description: On a winter morning in January 1900, the Great Northern Railway's passenger train stands at the Cokato, Minnesota depot. It is headed by an American type 4-4-0 locomotive bearing the Engine No. 127. This locomotive was built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1882, and scrapped in 1916. Observe this burnished locomotive and its consist of clean and well-maintained equipment.
Date: January 1900
Creator: Barnes, Dwight

[Maiden Run of "North Coast Limited"]

Description: An intriguing photograph of Northern Pacific Railroad's first "North Coast Limited" which made its maiden run on April 29, 1900. The train is headed by a ten-wheeler, type 4-6-0 locomotive bearing the Engine No. 271, with a consist of eight handcrafted wooden cars - all having open platforms and underbody truss rods - heated by potbellied iron stoves and illuminated by kerosene. This was the first electrically-lighted train to operate between the Midwest and the North Pacific Coast - it also introduced such travel comforts as steam heat, baths, and barber-valet service - inaugurating the era of travel luxury on the rails.
Date: April 29, 1900

[Maiden Run of "Pennsylvania Special"]

Description: Heading out of the old Exchange Place Station in Jersey City, a spindly Atlantic type 4-4-2 locomotive and four de luxe coaches begin the maiden run of the "Pennsylvania Special" in June of 1902. Twenty hours and 912 miles later she will enter Chicago having given birth to a new era in passenger travel. On that same day in June the New York Central Railroad's "Twentieth Century Limited" also went into service. By 1929 all of the Pennsy's Atlantics had given way to the famed K4s Pacifics on first-class passenger runs.
Date: June 1902

["The California Limited"]

Description: 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.
Date: 1910~

["The Meteor"]

Description: St. Louis and San Francisco Railway's oldest name train "The Meteor" operating between Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield, Sapulpa, Denison, Sherman, Fort Worth and Dallas - a rail distance of 976 miles. This famous train made its first run on March 17, 1902. Even in this early era "The Meteor" was one of the nation's de Lux long-distance passenger trains. Its dining car service was comparable to that on the Santa Fe, being under the supervision of Fred Harvey.
Date: 1910~

[Suburban commuter train leaving Chicago]

Description: One of Illinois Central Railroad's early suburban trains - headed by Engine No. 1050 - a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive with a consist of five handcrafted wooden cars, having open platforms and under-body truss rods - leaving Central Station in Chicago. At the turn of the century the Illinois Central Railroad was providing commuter service.
Date: 1910~

["Daylight Special" at Chicago Central Station]

Description: One of the Illinois Central's de luxe passenger trains; the "Daylight Special" train No. 19 southbound, stands in the Central Station in Chicago - as passengers entrain - prior to the departure hour : 10:02 AM. This train (and its companion, No. 20 northbound) operated between Chicago, Springfield, and St. Louis. The rail distance was 294.17 miles; and the schedule was 7 hours and 44 minutes: equivalent to a running time of about 40 miles per hour. This photograph was taken in the summer of 1911. This was a modern train in that era - cited in the Official Guide of the Railways (June 1916) as: All steel and electric-lighted. The consist included: chair cars and coaches, cafe-club car and Observation Parlor car.
Date: 1911

[NYC “The Twentieth Century Limited” Engine No. 604]

Description: In an era of long ago New York Central's "The Twentieth Century Limited" headed by Engine No. 604, a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, rolls over the route between New York and Chicago around 1911. Here the abbreviation "L.S. & M.S." (Lake Shore & Michigan Southern) appears below the cab's window instead of on the tender. Both practices were prototypical early in the twentieth century. This all pullman train went into service on June 15, 1902.
Date: 1911~

[First Union Pacific passenger train leaves Ft. Collins]

Description: This photograph depicts one of the most eventful days in the history of Fort Collins, Colorado. The date is July 15, 1911 and the time is 7:20 am as the Union Pacific's first passenger train departs from the city. Observe the beautiful old-time steam locomotive, an American, type 4-4-0 locomotive, heading a consist of handcrafted wooden cars, having underbody truss rods and open platforms.
Date: July 15, 1911

["The Havana Special" over the water]

Description: The Florida East coast Railway takes to the water with its Key West extension. No. 85 southbound, "The Havana Special" goes out to sea about four years after the right of way's completion in 1912. To the right of the viaduct is the Atlantic, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the left. This railroad, badly wrecked by a hurricane in 1936, was abandoned and a motor road was laid over it.
Date: 1912

["Oriental Limited" crossing the Mississippi River]

Description: A proud name in Great Northern Railway passenger train service and history is the "Oriental Limited" a de luxe train seen here crossing the historic Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River linking St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1912. This double-tracked bridge, which has 23 arches in its 1200-foot span, is the only structure upon which James J. Jill, the Empire Builder, permitted his name to be inscribed.
Date: 1912

[Chicago "Pay-Car"]

Description: 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.
Date: 1915~
Creator: Hastman, Lee

["New Orleans Limited" rolling through Alabama]

Description: One Southern Belle - Louisville and Nashville Railroad's "New Orleans Limited" train No.1, southbound, rolls through southern Alabama enroute to New Orleans from Montgomery in the spring of 1915. This de luxe steam powered train with a consist of ten cars of standard heavyweight equipment is headed by Engine No. 197, a K-3 class Pacific, type 4-6-2 locomotive. This engine was built in the year 1912 at the Louisville and Nashville's South Louisville Shops.
Date: 1915

["Los Angeles Limited" in Cheyenne, Wyoming]

Description: 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.
Date: 1916~
Creator: Stimson, J.