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Streamliner Panama Limited – All Pullman – Chicago to New Orleans

The Panama Limited was a first class passenger train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. It operated from 1911 to 1971. Offering the best in American railway deluxe services. The Panama Limited took its name from the Panama Canal, then under construction and ... Read More »

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Vs. SP’s Streamliners Shasta Daylight & Cascade

Southern Pacific’s premier trains the Shasta Daylight, and the Cascade served the northwest from San Francisco to Portland and Seattle from the 1950s into the 1960s. They served dozens of California, Oregon and Washington cities. The Shasta was popular with tourists and the Cascade, a favorite with business people. THE ... Read More »

SPs California’s Del Monte Limited ran from 1895 to 1971 from San Francisco to Monterey

Southern Pacific’s longest-running named train, the Del Monte Limited operated a daily round-trip service between San Francisco, via San Jose, and Monterey.  Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with its first-class observation parlor car, The Del Monte served San Francisco’s grandee families. There were generations of Crockers, Tevises, Morses, and regulars ... Read More »

Pullman Porters Served America’s Passenger Trains From California to New York

Onboard such famous trains as the California Zephyr, Super Chief, Sunset Limited, Lark, 20th Century Limited, Pullman porters served millions of passengers from 1867 to 1968. They provided first-class train service in Pullman sleeping cars. The accommodations ranged from sections (upper and lower births), roomettes, bedrooms, compartments to drawing rooms. ... Read More »

California’s Streamlined Modern Coulter’s Department Store

Streamline Moderne flagship store located on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and completed in 1938-39. Coulter’s stood four floors high, with a rounded exterior of white concrete and horizontal bands of glass block rather than proper windows. A dramatic seventy-two-foot-high panel of glass ... Read More »

Santa Fe’s San Francisco Chief – Bay Area to Chicago

Premiering in 1954, the San Francisco Chief offered First Class Pullman Sleeping Car and Chair Car accommodations daily from San Francisco to Chicago until 1971 when Amtrak eliminated 100s of passenger trains. Competing with the City of San Francisco and the California Zephyr, the San Francisco Chief soon became very ... Read More »

Video – San Francisco’s Fabulous Fox Theatre Movie Palace – 1929 to 1963

When the Fox Theater was built in 1929, it seemed as if there weren’t enough adjectives to describe the movie theatre’s magnificence. The new video features its history and final days in 1963. The San Francisco Chronicle called the opening “a spectacle of such beauty and magnitude that it seemed ... Read More »

Eastern Steamship Lines New York to Maine by night boats during the 1930s

Eastern Steamship Lines operated coastwise overnight passenger services along the Long Island Sound between New York and Boston and to other Northeast Coast ports including Portland, Maine, along with services to Canada and cruises. In 1901, Charles Wyman Morse merged the Boston &. Bangor Steamship Company, the Portland Steam Packet ... Read More »

Video: British Columbia’s Scenic Cruise Steamers lasted into the 1950s…

The Union fleet became synonymous with pioneers and loggers, and for 70 years, ships sporting the company’s black and red funnels plied the coast, servicing logging camps, canneries, mines, and coastal communities. ‘ The Union Steamship Company was the first line to use Vancouver as a homeport. The Klondike gold ... Read More »

David Bowie Traveled by Ships and Trains

David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while ... Read More »