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Great Trains Heartland

Great Trains Heartland

Great Trains Heartland covers the golden age of rail travel when luxurious streamliners raced across the American Midwest. This special collectors edition honors these great trains with fresh layouts and new photos, including rare color images. Featured trains include the Panama Limited, Zephyrs, Pan-American, Hiawatha, and more

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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flyover country? no way!

People who jet from coast to coast have been known to dismiss the vast territory 36,000 feet below their airliners as “flyover country.” The term has entered the lexicon as derisive shorthand for the dozens of states inhabited by tens of millions of people that coastal folks don’t think much about, let alone visit.Of course, those high-flyers are missing more than they know. That’s true now, and it was true before the era of JFK–LAX nonstops, back in the heyday of 20th century rail travel when the nation’s midsection was crisscrossed by some of the most stylish passenger trains on the continent. The Zephyrs, Rockets, and other famous fleets, together with standouts like the Panama Limited and Southern Belle, established records of speed, innovation, and luxury that rank with coastal…

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burlington road of passenger progress

Tomorrow at dawn we’ll be on our way!” With those words, spoken over a nationwide radio broadcast on the night of May 25, 1934, the president of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad not only announced a coming event but foretold the future. For with the heralded dawn-to-dusk nonstop run of the first Zephyr from Denver to Chicago, the Burlington Route was indeed “on its way” to a new high in passenger service.It was not without misgivings that boss Ralph Budd spoke those words into the microphone. For even as he said them, the Zephyr lay, a cripple, in the railroad’s shops in Denver. A last-minute checkup had revealed a cracked bearing in a motor armature — and the little train was a foreigner in a land ruled by steam.…

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texas special

Frisco 1400, a 2-double-bedroom 1-drawing- room observation lounge named Stephen F. Austin, brings up the rear of the northbound Special (Katy’s car was 1350 Joseph Pulitzer). After Frisco exited, Katy in 1964 cut the train back to Dallas, and the last run occurred July 1, 1965. As built, each set also had an RPO-baggage car, three coaches, a coach-buffet-lounge, a diner, and seven sleepers. Through cars ran from Fort Worth and to Kansas City, plus Washington and New York via PRR. (Jim McClellan) ■…

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to new orleans on the l&n

The sign at Gate 6 in the beautiful Cincinnati Union Terminal says simply The Pan-American, implying that to say more would be as superfluous as explaining the meaning of “U.S.A.” The 24 years’ continuous operation of this fine train by the Louisville & Nashville has, indeed, made its name a byword to everyone who travels. Just to say the train’s name is enough.Let’s go down to the platform and take a look at the fine, fast train that will carry us to fabulous and glamorous New Orleans. Up ahead, the 4,000 horses inside a two-unit set of Electro-Motive E6A diesel-electrics are murmuring idly, humming to themselves as they await the signal to go.Our train No. 99 is long and heavy, but the twin diesels are more than capable of handling…

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meadowlark and whippoorwill

C&EI’s other regional streamliner was the Meadowlark, which made a daily turn from tiny Cypress, Ill., to Chicago. Inaugurated on October 6, 1946, the train consisted of an RPO-baggage-lunch counterlounge car and four coaches. In this April 1948 photo, the northbound train makes its next-to-last stop, 63rd Street (“Little Englewood”), the Chicago & Western Indiana station that served five railroads. (John Proebsting)All 12 cars built for C&EI’s regional streamliners were named. The parlor-obs was Chicagoland, and it looks sharp on the rear of the Whippoorwill departing Terre Haute, Ind., on August 28, 1947, during the first half of the train’s daily round trip to Chicago. Alas, the dapper Whippoorwill was discontinued the following year and its cars dispersed to other trains. (Frank and Todd Novak collection) ■…

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sp’s lone star streamliners

Pacific 650 leads an all-streamlined Sunbeam consist out of Dallas Union Station at the start of the train’s 4-hour 25-minute dash to Houston. Departing their terminals in late afternoon, the Sunbeams make only two conditional stops on their 264-mile trips.For streamliners that are Texan to a T, Southern Pacific’s Sunbeam and Hustler are strangely foreign in their ancestry. The two trains (which are basically abbreviated red-and-orange duplicates of SP’s original 1937 Daylights in California), were ordered in San Francisco, built in Chicago, and are usually hauled between Dallas and Houston by 4-6-2s transferred from SP’s western lines to its Texas & New Orleans subsidiary or by new diesels assembled by Alco-GE in Schenectady, N.Y. All of which bothers traveling Texans not in the least. Like the Lone Star State, the…