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New Video – San Francisco Chief Santa Fe Streamliner

The Santa Fe launched the San Francisco Chief in June 1954. The new California Express streamliner ran daily between San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Chicago.  Pullman and Chair Car accommodations were featured, plus Dining Cars, Dome and Pullman Lounge cars traveling via Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Kansas City, ... Read More »

SS Andrea Doria Sinking Disaster with Hollywodo Movie Stars Aboard in 1967

Andrea Doria, Sinks, Stockhom

In July 1956, the SS Andrea Doria sank on the last night of its voyage from Italy to New York City. With over 1,134 passengers aboard, including Hollywood movie stars Ruth Roman and Betsy Drake, barely 100 short of her passenger capacity of 1,241. There were 190 first-class passengers,  267 ... Read More »

American flag Delta Line Cruised to from New Orleans to South America – 1947 to 1967

The Delta Line introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years in 1947, with the liners lasting in service until 1967. In keeping with the company’s trade name, “Delta Line,” the three vessels were given “Del” names DEL NORTE, DEL SUD, and DEL MAR. ... Read More »

Nazi TITANIC Movie 80th Anniversary WW 2 epic never released in Germany

The strange tale of the banned Nazi World War II epic Titanic. Before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, the Hollywood Titanic of 1953, the 1958 British film A Night to Remember, and the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic – there was the Nazi German film RMS Titanic. Excellent video on making of ... Read More »

‘Sound of Freedom’ Beats ‘Indiana Jones’ in Incredible Box-Office Coup

Action movie Sound of Freedom has defied expectations at the Box Office and beaten Harrison Ford‘s swansong, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The movie centers around the real-life story of the founder of the anti-sex trafficking charity Operation Underground Railroad, Tim Ballard. It’s seen as a surprise that ... Read More »

Titanic sub incident – OceanGate suspends operations after Titan submersible implosion

Nearly three weeks after its submersible vessel Titan imploded, killing all five people on board, OceanGate is suspending all exploration and commercial operations. The organization posted on its website on Thursday that it would no longer be sending individuals down to the wreckage of the Titanic, or elsewhere. OceanGate declined ... Read More »

4th of July – Celebrating Independence Day At Sea

National holidays were celebrated onboard liners and cruise ships with special events and elaborate menus. From Russian Caviar to Filet Mignon to Ice Cup, Independence Gourmandizes. The menus are classics in cuisine prepared onboard and not the fresh frozen cruise meals aboard today’s cruise liners. Here are a number of ... Read More »

RMS Titanic Historic Photos

Almost everyone knows about the tragic story about the sinking of the world’s largest “unsinkable” ship. The legend of the RMS Titanic has lived on in the movies, books, television, and of course, James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film. The facts and history of the Titanic also live on in photos ... Read More »

Can Florida’s Brightline High-Speed Rail reverse California’s fiasco attempt at bullet trains?

LOS ANGELES — Getting to Las Vegas from Los Angeles has always been problematic. Flying is fast but expensive. Driving is cheap but slow. In just a few years, however, there will be another option: a train that will whisk visitors across California and into Nevada in half as long ... Read More »

Retro: City of Las Vegas Streamliner connected Los Angeles and Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas was a streamlined passenger train operated by the Union Pacific Railroad between Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California from 1956 until 1968. It operated from 1956 to 1968. It was one of several trains to operate with the experimental General Motors Aerotrain, although this experiment was ... Read More »