Sunday, June 19, 2011

The UP City Trains

Here are some vintage 1940's Union Pacific Railroad "City Trains" luggage labels. Awesome stuff! ENJOY!

The City of Portland was a named passenger train operated by the Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago and North Western Railway between Chicago, Illinois, and Portland, Oregon. It started in June 1935, using the M-10001 streamliner trainset with only one set of equipment the train left each of its terminals five times a month. It was the first of the Chicago-to-Coast streamliners, and its 39 hour 45 minute schedule became the standard. (More on Wikipedia)

The City of San Francisco was a streamlined passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago and North Western Railway, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The train ran between Chicago, Illinois and Oakland, California, with a ferry connection to San Francisco.

The City of San Francisco is perhaps best remembered for the January 1952 event when a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains entrapped the train for six days at Donner Pass, California. (More on Wikipedia)

The City of Denver was a passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago and North Western and Union Pacific railroads. The train operated on both railroads' rights of way between Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. In 1955 the Milwaukee Road assumed the service, replacing the Chicago and Northwestern between Chicago and Omaha. This train service was the fastest long-distance passenger train in the world when it debuted in 1936. (More on Wikipedia)

The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train that ran between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, via Omaha, Nebraska and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles, the train was operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. East of Omaha, the train was operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway until 1955, and by the Milwaukee Road thereafter.

This train was the top-of-the-line for UP, which marketed it as a direct competitor to the Super Chief, a streamlined passenger train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the Golden State, a streamlined passenger train jointly operated by the Rock Island and Southern Pacific railroads. (More on Wikipedia)

4 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Never seen those before! My mom once found a box of hundreds (and hundreds!) of luggage labels at a thrift shop. She still has them.

The Viewliner Limited said...

Hey Major. Tell your Mom I want to buy them :-) if she doesn't want them anymore. I love this stuff.

Paul Duca said...

Very nice...but which line handled the only one with the honor of a song written for it--the City of New Orleans?

Tom Hoffman said...

As an avid passenger train buff, I'm very familiar with these and other UP trains. When the M-10001 started running, it saved an entire day between Chicago and Portland. Prior to that, the only option was the agonizingly slow Portland Rose.