Skip to comments.Art Deco/Streamliner Trains of the 30s
Posted on 07/14/2014 3:27:36 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
WillieGreen ping, en memorium.
Willie been en zotted.
Wow - they certainly had personality!
RR Thank you for posting such great pics.
Nice pics, but when I tried to it the “back” button to return to FR, I got some links labeled “Looking for a red hot conservative chick? Go to _____.com!”
Aside from that, those pics make me want to look into getting new engines for my model train set.
My pleasure- I love this stuff and have ridden a # of steam trains
Sorry about that, ExDemMom- it was nothing naughty, just innocent shots of the Fox News girls, heh
But glad u liked the train pix!
I remember being completely entranced by the silver beauty of the trains gleaming in the sunlight and the "Flash Gordon" aura of the trains.
From the photos, the trains looked like the "Zephyr" pictured, but whether they were actually "Zephyrs" or "Streamliners" I can't remember. Maybe a freeper railroad buff would know.
Pure Dieselpunk. Not hard to see why these things have a certain fanbase.
Just beautiful, Thanks for posting.
Thanks for posting! These are great.
(Loewy's Studebaker "Avanti" design)
As a railfan, those trains were nice. Thanks for posting...
I have an HO scale model of the 20th Century Ltd. NYCentral 4-6-4 that I bought in 1978 and paid $29.99 for. I think the same item today is $300.
Those guys had immense imagination and style.
Oddly enough,my first thought viewing this was about the lack of notable Loewy designs or contributions. For example, PRRs K1, S1, and T1 and some aesthetic contributions to the electric GG1. One of the amazing things about Mr. Loewy’s designs is that we still see many of them every day, especially since he designed many of the logos for gas stations, the shape Coca-Cola still uses for it’s glass bottles (though his design wasn’t the first “hobble skirt” Coke bottle). I still see his logo for the US Postal Service in use from time to time, he designed the liveries for Air Force One and the Coast Guard as well.
Anyway, back to locomotives. . . I also noticed for the absence of the Southern Pacific Daylights, many diesels were streamlined too, though perhaps only a few were included because most streamlined diesels don’t have quite as much of an art deco influence.
Luv’d the observation cab.
I use to ride the train on the east coast and while we occasionally rode 1st class, finding the seating a little bit exclusive.
I had no problem, generally, riding regular train. Seating on the weekend is generally not full and few people ride each car.
Willie would love it
I did the Durango/Silverton route a couple of times. I also remember years ago while taking Amtrak L.A./Chicago we stopped in Denver and on the tracks next to us there were several rail cars that were set up like something out of the late 1800's, very fancy, very cool...wondered if it might have been an "Orient Express" type of touring outfit.
Love the old steam engine locomotives.
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