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O. WINSTON LINK esq.
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« on: Jul 7th, 2007, 5:40pm »
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   I had no idea that my "Head End Mania" thread was going to become so popular, with now well over 600 posts!! Thanks to the valuable contributions of others, so much in the way of historical images and info has been posted. Given the success of this thread, I thought I would start a similiar thread dedicated to dining cars. There is so much of great interest out there regarding diners and diner operations, that I thought a thread solely dedicated to them would be quite interesting. I look forward to those who have so generously contributed to my head-end thread getting on board here, celebrating the glory days of the American Dining Car! Bon Appetite and All Aboard!!  John

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O. WINSTON LINK esq.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 5:47pm »
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                 Let's start our nostalgic culinary journey by rail with this 1960s view of E-L diner No. 770 at Marion. (I can just smell the savory aromas wafting from the galley!!) http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/el-d770ae.jpg

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 5:50pm »
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  Here is a heavyweight DL&W Buffet-Lounge at Hoboken in 1939. "GONE WITH THE WIND" and "THE WIZARD OF OZ" premiered in that same year!   http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/dlw-bl788blb.jpg

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 5:53pm »
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       Here's Erie diner No. 979 at Hoboken. Back in the 60s, such cars were still commonplace down at the Hoboken yards! http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/erie-di939abd.jpg

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« Reply #4 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 5:57pm »
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        Here is a pic of Erie diner No.942, circa 1940. It is easy to see why such cars were termed "HEAVYWEIGHTS"!  http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/erie-di942abd.jpg

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« Reply #5 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 5:59pm »
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    Here is E-L's No. 742.....a CLASSIC diner indeed!!  http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/el-di742ajh.jpg

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« Reply #6 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:03pm »
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   Here's the inside of an E-L menu from 1966......GREAT selection and GREAT prices!!  http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/dinner1.jpg

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« Reply #7 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:06pm »
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     Judging by this E-L breakfast menu, you certainly could start off the day with a good, hearty meal, while savoring the sights along the Route Of Miss Phoebe Snow! http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/break.jpg

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« Reply #8 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:09pm »
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 Back in the early years of the 20th century, diners like this handsome car were commonplace on the B&O, long known for outstanding meal service: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo-d1006ahn.jpg

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:11pm »
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       This was the scene awaiting hungry B&O passengers aboard Diner-Lounge No. 2024, back in 1964. http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo-l2024r.jpg

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« Reply #10 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:14pm »
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   B&O diner No. 1035 makes for an impressive sight at Pittsburgh in 1965: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo-di1035cbr.jpg

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:16pm »
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        B&O No. 1083 is today preserved at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, happily cheating the torch!  http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo-d1083br.jpg

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 7th, 2007, 6:23pm »
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                       ....pardon me, fellows....I'm feeling a mite hungry now....be back later.....   John

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Lucius Beebe introduced us to the reason why railroad travelers had such luxurious accommodations in the beginning of dining by rail. As soon as cross country rail travel was possible, and overnight travel in particular, those individuals wealthy enough to make such a journey certainly weren't going to put up with uncomfortable sleeping arrangements and bad food! While the evolution of passenger car service in the late 1800s saw the development of coaches and sleeping cars, dining cars, too, began to come into use. The railroad's patrons who sat in the comfort of a Wagner or Pullman palace car would also want to dine in equal luxury. Yes, there were other dining accomodations available to the railroad passenger such as Harvey Houses and station-stop restaurants, but none...NONE...would ever surpass the height of culinary altitudes or equal the luxury appointements of the heavyweight-era dining cars. Let's take a look at some fine examples of this time in our history that is all gone but the photos and some recipies. First, here's an early 20th Century postcard from my collection showing the interior of a B&O dining car circa 1907. Note the style of the chairs and the small lamps on the tables.

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The Richmond-Washington Line was the name of given to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac RR and the Alexandria and Fredericksburg Railway operated by the Richmond-Washington Company. Here is a postcard view of the parlor section of the parlor-diner car 'Powhatan'. From my collection.

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The Reading left the old wood car days behind and entered the steel car era that included luxurious decor that would dare to compete with any railroad dining car anywhere. Again, note the chairs.

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Nopt to be outdone in the least, The Milwaukee Road offered its transcontinental guests a touch of the finest available on any railroad in the land. Here is the interior of The Olympian providing exquisite meals between Chicago and Seattle. From my postcard collection. Note the stained glass panels above the windows.

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This is another postcard view of a Reading dining car interior, circa 1905. Note the upholstered chairs instead of the traditional wood chairs in the earlier steel car view. Again, from my collection.

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   This retired Santa Fe diner is seen at Houston, TX, back in 1978: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/atsf/atsf-d1488r.jpg

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             Here is Milwaukee Road's No. 170 back in 1978. Note boarded-up windows; obviously, the car had been already out-of-service for some time. Still, a very sleek car: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/milw/milw-d170ary.jpg

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