Friday, December 16, 2011

On Board the UP

Here are some great 1950s postcards from The Union Pacific Railroad depicting interior views of some of their iconic streamlined "City" trains.

"Astra Dome" dining car on the "City of Los Angeles" Domeliner - Here's an unusual travel treat; the enjoyment of wonderful food, freshly prepared, while viewing the constantly changing scenery... the verdant valleys and rolling hills, palisades of vari-colored stone, and other typical western scenery.

The "City of Denver" Dining Car - When you board this sleek overnight Streanliner in Chicago or Denver, you're assured of a marvelous meal, graciously served, in the attractively appointed dining car. Traveling in Pullman or reserved Coach seat you arrive fully refreshed.

Pullman Rooms Offer Privacy and Comfort - You enjoy the comfort and facilities of a hotel room when you reserve sleeping car room space on Union Pacific trains. The touch of a button provides convenient "room service" by a thoughtful porter.

9 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

These really make me wish I had experienced train travel (say, New York to Los Angeles) back in the heyday!

Ed "ICE" Berg said...

Terrific postcards!

Davelandweb said...

I second what Major says...those photos sure make it look fun!

JG said...

I remember riding in a vista car much like that card, and a dining car like the second one.

I miss train travel, the Europeans have it good, except for all the economic turmoil, of course.

JG

Roger Colton said...

Oh, that last view... Pre-war sleeping cars. With no annex for toilets. Just no fun of any kind.

Pilsner Panther said...

I just took the Amtrak California Zephyr from Chicago to S.F. (actually, to Emeryville on the other side of the bay, that's the end of the line). There are still "viewing" cars on the train, but the windows don't extend above the roof line like those of the old dome cars. So the view isn't as good, especially since you can't look forward or back, only out the sides.

Debbie V. said...

Hard to believe this actually existed. Merry Christmas :)

Paul Duca said...

The only thing better than dining by a window is dining by a winder where the view changes.

A Snow White Sanctum said...

The "Astra Dome" was sure something. What a pleasure it would have been to experience the train in this way.