Locomotives and Trains in the Age of Speed and Style

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1627887741

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 8485

See the streamlined trains of the 1930s in all of their sleek glory. In the 1930s, streamlined styling was applied to everything from kitchen appliances to farm tractors as it captured the American imagination. Keen to regain passenger traffic lost to automobiles and expanding roadways, railroads hired industrial-design giants like Raymond Loewy, Otto Kuhler, Henry Dreyfuss, and Brooks Stevens to produce sleek, futuristic shrouds for locomotives. These streamlined locomotives and trains became the most iconic in American history. Even today, classic designs like stainless-steel Zephyrs, shrouded Hudsons, and EMD E-units remain the popular conception of what a locomotive "looks like." Streamliners : Locomotives and Trains in the Age of Speed and Style explores the historical and scientific context for the development of streamlined locomotives and trains, the designs that became standard-bearers of North American speed and luxury, and the contemporary popularity of the streamlined look in popular culture. Illustrated with rare historical photographs in both black and white and color, as well as period advertising, route maps, and patent design drawings, Streamliners elucidates the story of this fascinating design trend by following the various technologies and styling trends and how they changed the look of American railroading. Profiles of prominent designers and preserved streamliners in use today round out and complete this picture every railfan will want. Streamlining was the product of the last great era of American passenger trains, when elegantly styled, named trains connected cities across the continent on fast schedules. Streamliners thoroughly explores the connections between style, speed, and the rails.

Classic American Streamliners

Author: Mike Schafer,Joe Welsh

Publisher: MBI Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780760303771

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 5632

The streamlined style of the trains of yesteryear reassured passengers that they were the fastest, most-efficient vehicles ever to cheat the wind. Wonderful examples of Classic American Streamliners and the aura of high-speed, high-efficiency travel they created, are included in this book of the same name. These pages include all the great trains from 1933 through the 1960s, a time when people knew these streamliners by name. 150 color illustrations, 50 b&w.

Vintage Diesel Power

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1610601203

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 8843

This formative period of diesel locomotive evolution is examined with the help of more than 250 modern and period photos depicting passenger, freight, and switching locomotives. Author Brian Solomon covers every prominent manufacturer of the period—including Electro-Motive, Alco, Baldwin, and GE—as well as iconic models like Geeps, E and F units, PAs and FAs, sharknoses, U-boats, and more. The photographs take in the grand geographic and technological breadth of North American railroading and are accompanied by detailed captions identifying the locomotives pictured and explaining their roles in this crucial era of American railroading.


A History of a Railroad Icon

Author: Mike Schafer,Joe Welsh

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 0760313717

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 2380

"Streamliners tells the steamliner story and takes you aboard a wide range of steamliners, from UP's historic M-10000 to America's most talked about train, the California Zephyr, whose descendant was still making tracks across the continent as late as the 1990s"--Back cover.

All Aboard!

Images from the Golden Age of Rail Travel

Author: Lynn Johnson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811817479

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 131

View: 3860

A study of the graphic images used to advertise and market rail travel in the twentieth century.

North American Locomotives

A Railroad-by-Railroad Photohistory

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1610586859

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

View: 711

Spanning more than one and a half centuries, this treasure trove examines the steam, diesel, and electric locomotives that have have kept North American commerce on the rails since the middle of the nineteenth centuty. Prolific rail author Brian Solomon takes an encyclopedic approach and describes every major type. And because locomotive-building has long been a made-to-order business, the book is arranged alphabetically by railroads from across the United States and Canada to show the variant technologies that railroads ordered to best suit their specific needs, whether for freight or passenger operations. The 75-plus railroads covered range from the best known historical lines such as Canadian Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Baltimore & Ohio, to today’s giant Class I roads, commuter lines, and selected short lines. The result is a profusely illustrated and beautifully presented reference guide that features more than 400 locomotive gems from throughout the ages, including historic machines such as New York Central’s J3a Hudsons, Pennsylvania Railroad’s GG1 electrics, and EMD’s classic E- and F-Units, to today’s most powerful modern diesels. All the major builders—past and present—are represented, including such heavyweights as Baldwin, Alco, Lima, EMD, GE, and more.

America's Great Railroad Stations

Author: Roger Straus,Hugh Van Dusen,Ed Breslin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101545313

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

View: 9893

An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to America's railroad stations. For much of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the railroad station or depot was the communal hub of every American town that could boast of train service. There, citizens gathered before they sent loved ones off to college, marriage, or war-and where they greeted them on their return. Most of these buildings were architectural gems, and while many are still in service, certain others now house museums, banks, restaurants, and more. In fact, in cities like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, renovated stations are destinations unto themselves even for those not boarding the train. And in other places, whole sections of towns have been remade around these structures, restoring their vitality in novel and interesting ways long after the last train has left the station. In America's Great Railroad Stations, award-winning photographer Roger Straus III, and two lifelong railroad buffs, Ed Breslin and Hugh Van Dusen, join forces to tell the astonishing story of these enduring structures and the important role they still play in the country's landscape. Journeying from the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Union Pacific to Michigan Central and more, readers will be dazzled by the Beaux Arts monuments of New York and the adobe buildings of the Southwest. Filled with both new and archival photographs and drawings, this volume is a glorious salute to the institution that transformed our nation.

Travel by Pullman

A Century of Service

Author: Joe Welsh,Bill Howes

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760318573

Category: Transportation

Page: 156

View: 7662

Every evening for much of the twentieth century, 50,000 or more travelers snuggled under crisp Pullman linens, falling asleep in one state and awaking in another. This nostalgic look back at what was essentially a rolling hotel company contracted by the nation's railroads to provide guest accommodations, covers every aspect of Pullman operations, from the emerging popularity of steam-powered rail travel in the early twentieth century to its diesel-powered zenith and its eventual nadir in the 1950s and 1960s. Pullman's entire complex network of employees and services is featured, from the ticket offices that manually handled millions of reservations each year to the six car shops spread across the nation to perform heavy maintenance and repairs, and all of Pullman's porters, mechanics, cleaners, electricians, cooks, barbers, shoeshiners, and more. Illustrated with both black-and-white and color period views depicting Pullman interiors and facilities, as well as memorabilia and sales literature.

Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760348901

Category: Architecture

Page: 176

View: 6121

From the railway's beginnings, the station building, itself, had civic importance greater than ordinary structures. Let historian Brian Solomon show you how beautifully it filled that role. Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals is a unique book about some of the finest, most interesting, and most famous railway stations. Contemporary photographs, historic images, and postcard views provide an in-depth look at the architectural gems that dot the railroad landscape. The railway station has a special role in people's lives. Stations have served as the gateway to the world's great cities and the point of contact for remote towns. The inherent nature of the station is different from that of other buildings; it is an entrance, an exit, a place to rest, and a stop along the way. It can be the first thing a traveler sees and the last memory of a favorite city. Facing both the street and the tracks, the station is naturally a point of departure and a face of the city it serves. Brian Solomon, one of today's most accomplished railway historians, leads you through a one-of-a-kind exploration of the history and architecture of depots, stations, and terminals.

The Second Age of Rail

A History of High Speed Trains

Author: Murray Hughes

Publisher: History Press (SC)

ISBN: 9780750961455


Page: 192

View: 486

Speed on steel wheels has fascinated engineers for nearly two centuries, and a string of stunning records in the last twenty-five years has pushed railway engineering towards new frontiers. Japan – pioneer of high-speed train technology – set the precedent with its legendary bullet trains in 1964; since then a dozen countries have joined the high-speed revolution. Today, China is setting the pace as it crafts a nationwide network of super-railways, and Morocco and Saudi Arabia are on the cusp of launching trains that travel at 300km/h. The USA lags far behind, outpaced by Asia and Western Europe, where Eurostar links London to the international high-speed network – although a new-generation railway to northern England is still missing. Here is the full story of high-speed trains, retold in a journey across countries and continents. The Second Age of Rail is railway history in the making.

The Art of the Streamliner

Author: Bob Johnston,Joe Welsh,Mike Schafer

Publisher: MetroBooks

ISBN: 9781586631468

Category: Transportation

Page: 144

View: 7291

By the early 20th century, as the railroad became a vital means of moving people and goods, trains and locomotives became the focus of some of the world's finest mechanical engineers and industrial designers. From this increased attention arose perhaps the most elegant land-based form of transportation in human history: the streamlined train. Relive their glory through magnificent photographs of these cars, which show both their elegant interiors and their graceful shapes speeding across the countryside. Here are the ever-more luxurious rolling accommodations for the discriminating traveler, with increasingly spacious sleeper cars and dining rooms that came to resemble those in four-star restaurants. Written and researched by a team of veteran transportation historians and illustrated with more than 175 black-and-white and full-color pictures, this tribute honors not only the dazzling passenger cars, but also the legendary designers, and presents the gorgeous promotional brochures and posters used to entice passengers.

Santa Fe Chiefs

Author: Bill Yenne

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9780760318485

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 5346

Like lightning flashing across the desert sky, the Chief streaks by, resplendent in its ""warbonnet"" livery. This splendid illustrated history of the Santa Fe Railroad's flagship passenger trains carries readers back to an era of luxury travel on America's rails - when movie stars and moguls booked their places on the Chief for the 40-hour trip from Chicago to Los Angeles - faster even than Amtrak's Southwest Chief today. The story of America's most celebrated passenger train, the nation's first diesel-poweed streamliner - from its first run in 1936 to its takeover by Amtrak in 1971 - also includes cocverage of the Santa Fe's other Chiefs, including the Texas and San Francisco.

New York Central's Mercury

The Train of Tomorrow

Author: Richard J. Cook

Publisher: T L C Pub

ISBN: 9780962200342

Category: Transportation

Page: 60

View: 8699

New York Centrals Mercury Richard J. Cook, Sr.It was a sensation in its time, a train that was a winged messenger of hope for a Depression consciousness. The Mercury, billed by the New York Central as a Train of Tomorrow, appeared on the scene in1936, a completely new streamlined train for the Cleveland-Detroit passenger business. People flock ed to the NYC tracks just to watch the train go by. The Mercurys have been called a turning point inrailroad design. They were the first streamliners done as a unit, inside and out, custom-built, str eamlined and air-conditioned. This is the story of Americas most distinguished train. Sftbd., 8 1/2x11, 6 pgs., 131 b&w ill., 7 color.

The Cars of Pullman

Author: Joe Welsh,Bill Howes,Kevin J Holland

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1610601173

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 5115

One of America's greatest business enterprises, the Pullman Company provided outstanding service aboard a vast fleet of railroad passenger cars that could be found in almost every nook and cranny of the United States. This illustrated history examines Pullman's diverse fleet, from its spectacular custom-built wooden cars of the nineteenth century to steel heavyweight cars in the prewar years and on into the lightweight streamlined era. Author Joe Welsh includes period photos, many in rare color, as well as car diagrams and ads that help trace the development, composition, and evolution of the historically and culturally significant Pullman fleet, including the gamut of sleeper, parlor, and restaurant cars. This is a fitting tribute to the former cultural icons aboard which strode giants of American life, such as Babe Ruth and Clark Gable, as well as first-time travelers from small-town America.

20th Century Limited

Author: Karl R. Zimmerman

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760314227

Category: Transportation

Page: 156

View: 4997

This authoritative history of the 20th Century Limited from 1902 to its 1967 demise examines the train; its steam, electric, and diesel motive power; and its swank passenger cars, services, and amenities. The Century was a train of magnates and movie stars, with a red carpet rolled out for departure from Chicago to New York City. With the finest of food in the diner and a full array of amenities - barber, secretary, shower, maid - the 20th Century Limited set the standards against which all other passenger trains would be measured. This book tells the complete story of this extraordinary train, from its illustrious beginning in the days of opulent wooden cars through its demise in the era of passenger-train cutbacks that lead to the formation of Amtrak.

Way of the Zephyrs

The Postwar Years

Author: Geoffrey H Doughty

Publisher: TLC Publishing

ISBN: 9780976620112

Category: Transportation

Page: 156

View: 4651

In this companion volume to his Burlington Route - The Early Zephyrs, author Geoffrey H. Doughty traces the postwar Zephyr fleet from the birth of the modern dome car in 1945 through to the Burlington Northern merger of 1970. Along the way, readers are introduced to such streamlined passenger train icons as the 1949 California Zephyr and the 1956 Denver Zephyr, as well as lesser lights from the CB&Q's timetables. With the American traveling public increasingly opting for airliners and automobiles through the 1950s and the 1960s, Burlington Route management aggressively pursued railroad passengers even as much of their competitors sought service curtailments in the face of declining patronage and rising labor costs. All of these factors are woven into this fascinating story of The Way of the Zephyrs.

American Passenger Train Equipment


Author: Patrick C Dorin

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

ISBN: 9781583882634

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

View: 6212

Passenger Trains hauled the most important freight—humans! Experience the heyday of passenger trains all over again. Photos, drawings and detailed captions document the huge variety of passenger cars in operations from the 1940s into the days of Amtrak. Includes information such as dimensions, passenger seating capacities, heating and air-conditioning systems, and the types of train services. Long-time railroad author Pat Dorin puts all the various types of passenger equipment and designs into perspective. Even model railroaders are sure to glean new ideas for their modeling projects.

The American Passenger Train

Author: Mike Schafer,Joe Welsh,Kevin J. Holland

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760308967

Category: Transportation

Page: 156

View: 8586

From the Santa Fe "Super Chief" to modern Amtrak high-speed intercity services, this sprawling photographic history rambles through two centuries of passenger trains and presents a wealth of archival imagery and period color photos. 200 illustrations, 150 in color.