Friday, March 7, 2008

A Shark, a Shay and a Stick of Gum

Sometime back, I published 2 posts of Topps Chewing Gum "Rails and Sails" series railroad cards from 1954. The links are here and here. I recently found this six page article by John Pandosh in the National Railway Bulletin, Vol.55 #2, 1990.

This article gives you some history of the Topps Chewing Gum Company, great color shots of some of the cards and a very cool check list, listing all 130 railroad cards.







3 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Ooops, guess my last comment didn't go through. Anyway, I really dig those train trading cards. Those illustrations are beautiful, and remind me of the best of the 50's style paintings. How can you see these trains and not love them at least a little?

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

These are beautiful drawing. I love trains and these are just fantastic! Did they really build that odd looking Diesel Steamliner by Union Pacific? That thing looks like it's right out of a buck rodgers movie!!! Great post, thanks!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

For Tim at Vintage Disneyland Tickets: The Union Pacific Railroad "City of Denver" was one of four identical 2400 hp diesel-electric streamliner trains with 2-car power sets that were delivered in May through July 1936 by the Pullman Standard Co. Engines and internal locomotive equipment were produced by General Motors Electro-Motive Division.