Passenger Rail Service
For a while, I’ve been collecting pics on rail travel during the golden era of passenger service.
The first pic is a 1942 station photo – seeing the troops off.
I found a series of pics taken of Pullmans. I don’t have much info, but they show the opulence at the high end of Pullman service. First is a baffle connector between the cars:
Nothing like the observation deck of a classic Pullman:
Check out the railing on this observation platform:
high end Pullman car interiors:
Some Pullman lounge cars
Even the coaches were fantastic:
This pic was taken in 1947 aboard the Empire Builder – this is a long haul coach. Unlike modern airliners, you could recline your seat without ending up in the lap of the passenger behind you – even in coach class:
This is an interesting interior of a dining car that was displayed at the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair:
Here’s a streamliner art deco lounge car interior:
This is a 1940 PRR art deco lounge car interior:
This is a Southern Pacific Coast Daylight lounge car:
This is a UP passenger car interior:
A lounge car on the City of Salina of the UP in the 1950s:
bunks on a UP sleeper:
elegant dining on a UP dining car:
I’m not sure of the year of this photo, but it appears to be either around our era, or maybe the early ‘60s – a UP dome car interior:
The guys in the photo are the Chicago White Sox, February 27, 1910 – at the Royal Gorge in Colorado on their way to San Francisco for their spring training.
And this is a completely different level of riding the rails!