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When you could ride the rails in style: Train cars from the 1940s

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Ride the rails in style Train cars from the 1940s
During World War II, the railroad companies had to devote their resources to the war effort by transporting troops around the country.

After the war ended and the soldiers made it home, the trains came back into play for businessmen, vacationers, families and anyone else who wanted to travel.

Here’s a look back at some of what the railroads were offering to entice passengers back in the late ’40s!

Pullman-Standard Great Northern Empire Builders – Diner (1946)

Now building by Pullman-Standard. For faster, finer service to the Pacific Northwest, Great Northern’s new Empire Builders.

Railroad - 1946 Pullman-Standard Great Northern Empire Builders - Diner


New York Central trains (1946)

The Magic Carpet rolls out again. It’s century time!

Railroad of 1946 - New York Central trains


Sleeper cars on Pullman railroads (1946)

Sleeping car restrictions removed! Now you can sleep goign anywhere you go by train. Sleeping car service on runs of 450 miles or less — banned since last July — has been restored. No need now to waste valuable daytime hours traveling.

Trains of 1946 - Sleeper cars on Pullman railroads


Pullman-Standard builds 2 new Chicago Streamliners (1946)

For deluxe, fast service between Chicago and its Illinois and Indiana terminals, the C & E I will introduce its Chicago-Liners — two of the latest type Pullman-Standard-built streamliners.

They will augment the present daily service, with faster schedules and the last word in pleasant accommodations for daytime travel. Both trains will feature up-to-the-minute Pullman-Standard innovations… the new diner, with diagonal seating… a hospitable grill room… coaches with reclining chairs… and the luxurious observation-lounge.

Among experienced travelers, C & E I service from Chicago to Florida — via The Dixie Route — is popular and widely-known.

C & E I chose Pullman-Standard to design and build the Chicago-Liners, because they wanted passengers to have the safest and finest equipment available.

Pullman-Standard engineers, designers and craftsmen know, from generations of experience, the factors which make for structural soundness, smooth riding and all-around performance… the types of equipment Passengers prefer… how to make the best use of materials, space and dimensions… where to use stainless steel, and where other metals do the job better. These qualities are identified by the Pullman-Standard name plate on each car.

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There is no substitute for experience.

THE CHICAGO-LINERS: Chicago-Marion and Southern Illinois — Chicago-Danville-Terre Haute-Evansville

Observation-Lounge Car for one of the fast Chicago-Liners now being built for the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

PULLMAN-STANDARD CAR MANUFACTURING COMPANY Chicago – Illinois Offices in seven cities… Manufacturing plants in six cities

Pullman-Standard builds 2 new Chicago Streamliners 1946


Pullman Standard Train (1947)

Railroad - 1947 Pullman Standard Train


Trains of 1947 – Investigated by Sherlock Holmes

Trains of 1947 - Investigated by Sherlock Holmes


Dining cars on GM locomotives (1948)

The Fiesta, a luxurious diner-lounge on the new GOLDEN STATE, is one of the most picturesque passenger cars ever built. Is canopied ceiling, tiled floor, adobe bar and hand-carved furnishings are appropriately in the Mexican-Southwestern motif, for this streamlined train runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, and is jointly operated by the Rock Island and the Southern Pacific.

Trains of 1948 - Dining cars on GM locomotives


All-new, all-coach streamliners (1949)

Railroads of 1949 - New all-coach streamliner trains


Pennsylvania Railroad vacation (1949)

All aboard! For a happy vacation, go by train!

Trains of 1949 - Pennsylvania Railroad vacation

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