Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and wish all of you the best in the year to come.

Having returned home again after visiting family and friends for the holidays, I thought it would be cool to show everyone what traveling by train was all about in the 1950's, depicted on Fred Harvey - Santa Fe railroad postcards.

A way of travel that has many great memories for yours truly. ENJOY!

The Famous Santa Fe Streamlined Fleet - Super Chief, The Chief, El Capitan, Texas Chief, Chicagoan - Kansas Cityan, The Tulsan, Golden Gate and San Diegan. These swift streamliners provide daily service between Chicago -- California -- Texas and between points in California and the Southwest.

Under the shadow of the lofty precipitous Sierra Madre Range lies beautiful San Gabriel Valley. The Valley contains about 100 square miles of territory, nearly all of which has been transformed from sterile desert into a succession of small homes and thriving little cities.

One of the unique features of the dining cars on the "SUPER CHIEF" is the specially designed china, featuring Indian designs found on the centuries old pottery of New Mexico.

Fitted with roomy sofas, comfortable big chairs and small tables facing a modernistic bar, the lounge car on the "SUPER CHIEF" has panelled walls of exquisite woods with inlaid Indian ceremonial figures and authentic Navajo patterns in the window shades and decorations.

Passengers relax leisurely for a luxurious Fred Harvey meal in the Santa Fe's streamlined transcontinental El Capitan.

Cajon Pass at the summit of the Coast Range is the Santa Fe's gateway to Southern California. In the descent from the summit (altitude 3,819) a drop of 2,700 feet is made in twenty-five miles.

Santa Fe's streamlined "SAN DIEGAN" train arriving at the Santa Fe station in San Diego, California.


Gunnar and Sherry said...

Happy New Year to you, Richard!

TokyoMagic! said...

Happy New Year, Viewliner!

Major Pepperidge said...

For about the zillionth time, I wish I could hop back to the era when train travel was the way to go; first class, of course!

Heidi Ann said...

Wouldn't you just LOVE to be traveling like that, back in time?
Happy New Year!!

Paul Duca said...

Happy New Year...and speaking of the Santa Fe, I hope you have read the Fred Harvey biography "Appetite for America". I did...fascinating book.