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A most enjoyable thread. While it was before my time, it must have been a wonderful experience riding passenger trains during the Golden age of the 30's, 40's and 50's. My wife Paula and myself travel the USA exclusively by train in bedroom accommodations w private bath, and it is quite comfortable for long distance travel. We've been to New Orleans, Chicago (several times), Wisconsin Dells, Twin Cities, Seattle, Denver , Washington DC and many other places. If you have the time, it is a nice way to travel. I will start a picture thread and show everyone what it is like in the year 2015, tomorrow.

Wonderful idea for a thread, Dennis.  Looking forward to tomorrow's thread.
 
Originally Posted by Dennis LaGrua:

A most enjoyable thread. While it was before my time, it must have been a wonderful experience riding passenger trains during the Golden age of the 30's, 40's and 50's. My wife Paula and myself travel the USA exclusively by train in bedroom accommodations w private bath, and it is quite comfortable for long distance travel. We've been to New Orleans, Chicago (several times), Wisconsin Dells, Twin Cities, Seattle, Denver , Washington DC and many other places. If you have the time, it is a nice way to travel. I will start a picture thread and show everyone what it is like in the year 2015, tomorrow.

 

In addition to "The Great Big Potato," NP also used the Lewis and Clark expedition as an advertising, marketing, and decorative element of their trains.

 

In this photo, a duplicate of the one Mill City posted, a NP NCL "stewardess" is describing the expedition on the mural painted on the wall of the "Traveller's Rest" observation car:

 

 

NP LC art obs car Traveller's Rest

 

And here is a photo of a NP NCL brochure on the Traveller's Rest observation car: 

 

NP LC Traveller's Rest booklet

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But mostly I think of the NP North Coast Limited's Raymond Loewy two-tone green paint and the vista domes:

 

 

NP LC art NCL 4 dome art

 

The same picture Mill City posted, but with advertising text included:

 

NP LC art vista dome ad

  

NP LC photo 1970 after Burlington no nose herald

 

The photo above is after NP's merger in 1970 with the CB&Q, hence the absence of the NP herald on the nose.  The NCL died in 1971 when Amtrak took over and dropped the NCL in favor of the former GN Empire Builder.  But we retain the great photos, artwork, and other memorabilia of the train.

 

The next photo is unusual since it shows dome cars coupled together.  Typically, there would be a non-dome car between domes.

 

NP NCL domes photo

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Tiffany, I don't know how the many others who are posting artwork and/or photos in this thread get their images.  After I quickly exhausted my very modest supply of images, I'd just Google a railroad or name train, and then select and save the images to post in this thread.
 
For example, I did a Google search for "Amtrak Empire Builder images" and these are the results.
 
Give it a try.
 
Originally Posted by Tiffany:

hello guys and gals.........

 

Out of ten pages, there's not much pictures of posters of the Amtrak   We rode on the Amtrak in 1986 from San Diego to Los Angeles. Bummer

 

Tiffany

 

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In response to Tiffany's request for some Amtrak coverage, here's a picture of a poster I have in my own collection. Understandably, Amtrak actively promoted its Metroliner service. The "Metroliner" MU cars eventually gave way to consists of an AEM7 and Amfleet cars. I believe this particular item was issued in '73.

 

Bob

   

AMTKPOSTER1

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Not to sidetrack the thread, but I like to cook and duplicate menus (often feebly) from famous restaurants, including train diners. So I have several books with recipes and menus from everything from the Napa Valley Wine train to the great big baked potato. 

 

If anyone else would like to give this a try, I would suggest starting out with From the Dining Car by James D. Porterfield. If you're planning an operating session, this could be a fun way to start the whole thing off!

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