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Amtrak Celebrates National Train Day with Ceremony Honoring Pullman Porters in Chicago

  CHICAGO – Amtrak, in partnership with the Chicago-based A. Philip Randolph Museum, will host a ceremony during National Train Day this Saturday (May 10, 2008) to honor the contributions of the legendary Pullman Porters to the nation’s railroads. Amtrak employees will gather to give heartfelt thanks in person to six porters who proudly served as far back as the ... Read More »

Cruising the Past: Celebrating National Train Day – May 10 – Will America ever have great rail passenger service again? Not if John McCain is president. He wants to destroy Amtrak.

This site is usually not political but when it comes to the future of Amtrak — presidential candidate John McCain is worse than Bush. National Train Day owes nothing to John McCain. America. Europe, Australia, South Africa and Japan have great rail service. But not America. There are Republicans that are very pro-Amtrak who are not in the “Bush/McCain league”! ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” sailed away on the French Line’s S.S. LIBERTE – Installment 1 – Cruiseships or Liners in the movies…

Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) being driven by her father (John Williams) to sail away on the S.S. LIBERTE. This is one of the final scenes from Paramounts SABRINA directed by Billy Wilder in 1954. Sabrina Fairchild ( Audrey Hepburn) is seated in the front seat of a limousine with her chauffeur father (John Williams). Audrey is being driven into New York ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Special CLASSIC TRAINS Issue … When “cruising” started on trains operated by THE PULLMAN COMPANY that connected with the great liners…

For great coverage of The Pullman Company and deluxe All-Pullman sleeping car trains such as the Santa Fe SUPER CHIEF check out the latest issue of Classic Trains and click on this link to order a copy. The Pullman Company operated the deluxe trians that acted as “boat trains” to provide rail travel so passengers could connect with such Atlantic ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Holland America Line’s R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM – One of the largest, most luxurious and modern vessels every built…

The fabulous R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM on youTUBE. Our thanks to the excellent website ROYAL REGALS – a History of Ocean Liners for various photos and information on this ship. Other photos are from Holland American Line brochures in the Cruise Line History collection. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a statement in Art Deco. The style was seen as elegant, functional and ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – THE SS NORMANDIE in happier times…

A wonderful newsreel short from youTUBE on the S. S. NORMANDIE… The extraordinary French ocean liner began her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on May 29, 1935. Acknowledged as the center of High Society on the North Atlantic, the Normandie was the grandest, most luxurious and artistic ocean liner ever built. Until 1940 it was the largest ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – THE ANCHOR LINE to India and Pakistan

In 1838 two brothers, Nicol & Robert Handyside set up business in Glasgow as ship brokers and merchants trading with Russia and the Baltic ports. Towards the end of 1852 Thomas Henderson, an experienced ship master, joined the firm. It was not until 1856 that the title of Anchor Line was adopted and the service between Glasgow and New York ... Read More »

Cruise History – Anchor Line’s “S.S. THE CITY OF ROME” the first great cruise liner. More souvenirs from the golden gage of cruising.

THE CITY OF ROME – Constructed of iron, clipper stem, three funnels, four masts, single screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 271-1st, 250-2nd and 810-3rd class passengers. She was considered by many to be the most beautiful steamer ever built and was one of the first ocean liners. 1894 – 4th Of July – Menu ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – 1930s

The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Passenger Liners 1952  The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY Passenger Liners – 1935 Passengers on deck enjoying shuffleboard aboard an Alaska Steamship Line steamer in the1930s. En route from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Steamship Company poster – 1930s HISTORY of the Alaska Steamship Company. Regular monthly boat service from U.S. ports to Alaska began in ... Read More »

CRUISE LINE HISTORY – Around The World aboard American President Lines – first class – 1960 – $2500 per person

Cruise Line History – Traveling in Style aboard the AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES The second President Hoover was built in 1939 as the Panama for the Panama Lines service from New York, via Haiti, carrying 216 first class passengers and cargo. She was sold to American President Lines in 1957, renamed the President Hoover, and put into service on a Pacific ... Read More »