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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 »

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 »

All-Pullman Pittsburger Streamliner – Pittsburg to New York

The Pittsburgher was a premiere passenger train operated between New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania over the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Main Line. The PPR’s overnight all Pullman service-connected the Steel City with New York via the railroad’s mainline. It was initially launched during the mid-1920s, for many years the train pampered ... Read More »

The Sunset Limited – Southern Pacific Streamliner to Amtrak Hi-Level

Let’s look at a legacy American train. Thibault Constant, host and producer of top-quality train reviews, takes onboard Amtrak’s Sunset Limited. Simply Rail onboard Amtrak’s Sunset Limited To learn more about Simply Rail and how Thibault started his channel check out the Interview  in VoyageSTL magazine. The Original Sunset Limited Like ... Read More »

“Luscious” Lucius Beebe, gay raconteur image of celebrity!

From the 1930s until his death in 1966, a self-proclaimed hedonist, he was the image of a celebrity. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet, and bon vivant extraordinary – this amazing personality was one of the first gay men to have a publicly open relationship.   Columnist Walter Winchell called ... Read More »

Fear of Flying for DAVID BOWIE just 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 »

SP Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was world famous!

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train in the 1940s, 50s, and early 1960s. Linking Los Angeles and San Francisco via San Jose on a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. During the early ... Read More »