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Why The US Has No High Speed Rail

The U.S. has no true high-speed trains, aside from sections of Amtrak’s Acela line in the Northeast Corridor. The Acela can reach 150 mph for only 34 miles of its 457-mile span. Its average speed between New York and Boston is about 65 mph. FLORIDA IS A HIT Virgin Rail is now running high-speed between Miami and Fort Lauderdale which ... Read More »

1949: 21-Day MISSISSIPPI Cruise aboard the steamboat GORDON C. GREENE – Ten Dollars a Day!

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The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene cruised round-trip from Cincinnati to New Orleans on the Ohio and Mississippi with over a hundred passengers on a 21-Day river journey via Cairo, Paducah, Evansville, Memphis, Baton Rouge. When times were much different. The speed of the boat – was about that of the average of “Low Pressure” boats of Mark Twain’s time. The ... Read More »

DELTA LINE’S STREAMLINED CRUISE LINERS TO SOUTH AMERICA

S.S. Del Norte, S.S. Del Sud, S.S. Del Mar, Delta Line, New Orleans, Steamships, George G. Sharp

With accommodations for 120 First Class Passengers Only, the “Del Triplets” – Del Norte, Del Mar, and Del Sud – were the first modern American flag liners to be built after World War 2 and became a top choice for cruising to South America. The streamline vessels, built at the Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi, were 10,074 tons, 495 feet in ... Read More »

Santa Fe’s Streamliner SAN FRANCISCO CHIEF

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The Santa Fe felt it needed its own streamliner serving the Bay Area and launched the San Francisco Chief in June 1954. The new express train joined Santa Fe’s other legacy trains: the Chief, Super Chief, and El Capitan. The San Franciso Chief offered First Class Pullman Sleeping Car and Chair Car accommodations. San Joaquin Valley cities such as Stockton, ... Read More »

HRH PRINCESS MICHAEL was the honored guest at exhibition of portrait artist JUAN BASTOS just off the famed Sunset Strip.

Looking very chic, HRH Princess Michael of Kent recently attended the opening exhibition of Juan Bastos: California Portraits at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The rich exhibition of 40 portraits of prominent Californians painted by Bastos, the Bolivian-American artist, a longtime resident of Los Angeles. The exhibit was part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Latin American & Latino ... Read More »

The TITANIC sank 107 ago today!

Over fifteen hundred passengers lost their lives on board the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic. She was one of three Olympic Class’ passenger liners commissioned by the White Star Shipping Line. Hailed as a wonder of luxury, power, and style she first rolled into the water from the slipway in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard to much fanfare in May ... Read More »

PART 2 – 71 years ago – SS LURLINE sailed on her post WW 2 voyage to HAWAII from CALIFORNIA.

SS LURLINE

The SS LURLINE, flagship of Matson’s passenger fleet, emerged from a stunning $18-million makeover, following six years as a troop carrier with her white ship sisters, MARIPOSA, MONTEREY and MATSONIA. The Lurline was the Queen of the Pacific and her arrival in Honolulu was greeted with great fanfare. For her April 1948 debut, passengers were greeted with all new staterooms ... Read More »

CHASEN’S – The world-famous West Hollywood Celebrity restaurant. No credit cards, please!

Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! No credit cards were honored! Credit was by house accounts only. Not based on credit scores but on celebrity scores. Now the ... Read More »

RETRO – Brief history of AMERICAN AIRLINES

AMERICAN AIRLINES HISTORY

In the late twenties and early thirties, American Airways was created through the acquisition of dozens of smaller airlines throughout the United States. Great video of American Airlines in the 1930s… Like most airlines, at the time the company profited by carrying United States mail. In 1934 American Airways Company was acquired by E.L. Cord, who renamed it “American Air ... Read More »

PRIVATE TRAIN CARS: A look inside!

President Donald Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago” may be the closest proximity you might have to the illustrious society history of Post Cereals Heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post unless you charter her former private railway car. Originally christened Hussar, the car was built in 1922 for Post and her husband E.F. Hutton. The car was used for company business and personal travel. The famous ... Read More »