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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/13/07 at 12:30:06 - 'CN_Dining_Car_Notice.jpg' 39 KB
This is a note given to passengers aboard Canadian National trains advertising dining car services. The reverse side is in French. From my collection.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 13:21:10 - 'Santa_Fe_Super_Chief_Dining_Car_Interior.jpg' 54 KB
In the streamlined era, the Santa Fe's modern scheme is solidly reflected in this dining car interior on the Super Chief'.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 12:01:32 - 'KCS_Southern_Belle_Dining_Car.jpg' 39 KB
As we move further into the post-war era, we see more experimentation with seating arrangements. The Kansas City Southern's 'New Southern Belle' dining car shown in this card is a product of ACF. The reverse inscription reads, 'Travel Perfection between Kansas City and Five Gulf Ports - New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, La.; Port Arthur and Beaumont, Tex.' Note the color quality and tone of the card as compared to the one above. The coloration makes the people look 'undead'!

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 11:54:31 - 'Pere_Marquette_Dining_Car.jpg' 38 KB
This postcard view is of a Pere Marquette's dining car interior. These beautifully styled cars were the first post-WW2 dining cars to feature a break with the usual table and seating arrangements. The reverse inscription reads,  'The PERE MARQUETTES', operating between Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, are the first postwar streamliners to present novel dining cars with tables set diagonally into alcoves along the wall. Waitresses and elimination of tipping are among other distinctive Pere Marquette dining features.'

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 11:27:12 - 'Challenger_Meal_Close-Up.jpg' 31 KB
Here's a close-up of a 'delicious, substantial' meal aboard the Challenger. Ig you compare this car view to the inset in the postcard above, you'll notice that it's the same.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 10:25:13 - 'UP_Challenger_Dining_Car_Color.jpg' 35 KB
This color card gives us a better view of the dining car interior. Note the inset 'From the Dinner Menu'. The reverse inscription reads, 'Delicious, substantial, low cost meals are a feature on the North Western-Union Pacific's Challenger. This famous comfort-economy train for coach Tourist Sleeping Car passengers operates daily between Chicago and the Pacific Coast.'

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 10:17:17 - 'UP_Challenger_Dining_Car.jpg' 44 KB
This is another view of a 'Challenger' streamlined dining car.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/11/07 at 10:15:05 - 'Challenger_Dining_Car.jpg' 35 KB
The Depression of the 1930s didn't stop all passenger rail travel, but it did alter the way that railroads provided long distance services. While it is true that wealthier travelers were still riding the Broadway Limited and the 20th Century Limited, the larger traveling public was being conservative in its spending when it came to train travel and especially when it came to spending money in a dining car. The following link is to an excellent article that discusses how 'The Challenger' was started in 1935. Operating between Los Angeles and Chicago by the UP and the C&NW. The Challenger was a successful attempt to offer a lesser expensive 'limited' with all of the appointments of a more expensive train.  
 
LINK URL
 
This first postcard from the '30s shows a pair of travelers enjoying an affordable meal on the train.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 17:07:48 - 'Diesel_Era_400_Dining_Car.jpg' 39 KB
By comparison, this is a postcard from the diesel era C&NW's new  '400' series showing the interior of its streamlined dining car. This car is postmarked 1941. Note the interior differences between the heavyweight and streamlined versions.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 17:04:06 - 'Steam_Era_400_Dining_Car_Reverse.jpg' 25 KB
...and this is the reverse side of that card.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 17:03:23 - 'Steam_Era_400_Dining_Car.jpg' 41 KB
The competition for passengers on the Twin Cities and Chicago route was fierce. The Milwaukee Road ran its famous 'Hiawata' and the Chicago North Western ran the equally famous '400'. This is a view of the dining car on the steam era train.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 16:59:38 - 'Frisco_Snack_Car_Reverse.jpg' 15 KB
...and here is the reverse side of the card. Again, we see an emphasis on 'meals with budget appeal'.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 10:07:22 - 'Frisco_Tray_Meals.jpg' 35 KB
Here is another Frisco card advertising low-cast meals in order to attract traveling families during the '30s. Here are a happy Mom 'n Dad 'n Junior 'n Sis enjoying affordable tray meals available in chair cars and coaches.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 09:55:25 - 'MoPac_Dining_Car_Lounge_Interior.jpg' 42 KB
The Missouri Pacific advertised itself as 'A Service Institution' and the interior of this lounge-dining car proves it! Running on MoPac's 'Sunshine Special', this air-conditioned car was 'de luxe' in every way.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 09:44:55 - 'Frisco_Dining_Car_Interior_2.jpg' 33 KB
Here is another view of a Frisco dining car interior from the same period. 'Frisco Famous Food. Served in that home like style.'

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/09/07 at 09:41:45 - 'Frisco_Dining_Car_Interior.jpg' 32 KB
This is a heavyweight dining car interior view from the Frisco and was issued by the railroad circa '30s. The reverse inscription reads, 'Frisco dining cars reflect an atmosphere of refinement and elegance - food is the finest the markets afford and the prices are reasonable. All cars air-conditioned.' Note that this is the first time that affordability of meals is mentioned. This card was issued during The Depression and the general traveling public was willing to bypass expensive dining car meals in order to save money.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/08/07 at 20:47:23 - 'Overland_Ltd._Dining_Car-2.jpg' 42 KB
The one train that stood head and shoulders above all others in this circa '20s era was, of course, The Overland Limited. The reverse inscription on this card speaks for the train itself:
 
'Overland Limited. The only extra fare train between Chicago and San Francisco.Runs daily via Chicago & North Western, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific. Saving a business day enroute. THE TRAIN OF QUALITY.
 
Distinctive features of this new train
Barber
Ladies Maid (hairdressing and manicuring)
Valet (clothes pressing service)
Baths
Stenographer
Library and periodicals
Vapor heating
Electric lighting
Electric ventilation
Sanitary bubbling drinking fountain
Telephone
Telegraphic news service
Stock and market reports
Buffet club car service
Dining car service
Compartment and drawing room cars
Observation cars.'
 


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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/08/07 at 09:15:53 - 'Lehigh_Valley_Black_Diamond_Express_Diner.jpg' 42 KB
Not to be left out of the market for luring well-financed patrons, the Lehigh Valley ran 'The Black Diamond Express'. In this circa 1905 postcard view, we see not only the galley operations, but also a glimpse of the fine appointements of the dining car as well. Note the details in this galley view as compared to the one above.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/08/07 at 07:47:11 - 'Panama_Ltd_Galley.jpg' 34 KB
This is a classic view of the Panama Limited dining car galley in operation.  Some of the finest meals ever served originated from galleys such as this one.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/08/07 at 07:42:47 - 'Panama_LTD_Dining_Car.jpg' 38 KB
Flagship trains such as the Illinois Central's 'Panama Limited' were all-pullman trains. The Panama Limited set sail from Chicago for St. Louis and New Orleans. In this postcard view, we see well-dressed patrons enjoying the soup d'jour and partaking of the bottles of mineral water on the tables. Note the chairs in this view, too...They appear to be wood framed with stuffed leather or fabric cushion insets. The interior of this car is rich yet simple without an over-the-top decor.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/08/07 at 04:04:29 - 'C_and_EI_Cafe_Lounge_Car_Lounge_Eend_View.jpg' 42 KB
Here's a view of the same car, but from the lounge end.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/08/07 at 03:46:28 - 'C_and_EI_Cafe_Lounge_Car.jpg' 108 KB
Not all dining cars were built by Pullman in the heavyweight days. This is a railroad-issued postcard from the Chicago & Eastern Illinois showing the interior of a 'cafe-lounge' car designed and built in their own shops.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/07/07 at 22:19:19 - 'CM_Electric_RR_Dining_Car.jpg' 59 KB
Interurban roads also had dining car service. Here is a card from my collection showing a dining car of the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric Railroad. Note the wicker seating.

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/07/07 at 22:15:46 - 'Canadian_National_Dining_Car_and_Recipie_Card.jpg' 104 KB
And here's one from the Canadian National...

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/07/07 at 22:14:45 - 'Burlington_Dining_Car.jpg' 90 KB
Some of the recipies onboard the dining cars were made famous through the release of pstacrds like this one from the CB&Q:

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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/07/07 at 20:06:30 - 'Reading_Dining_Car.jpg' 72 KB
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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Re: Diner Mania! - By hudsonelectric on 07/07/07 at 20:02:57 - 'Dining_and_Parlor_Car_Powhatan.jpg' 73 KB
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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Re: PICTURES OF DINING CARS - By silver_champion on 07/29/06 at 08:11:14 - '96.jpg' 188 KB
Look what they did to this full dome and turn it into a dining car.

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Re: PICTURES OF DINING CARS - By hudsonelectric on 08/03/05 at 20:33:28 - 'Overland_Ltd._Dining_Car.jpg' 83 KB
And one last one!  

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Re: PICTURES OF DINING CARS - By hudsonelectric on 08/03/05 at 20:31:06 - 'Wabash_Banner_Ltd._Dining_Car_1907.jpg' 78 KB
And another, postmarked 1907.  

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Re: PICTURES OF DINING CARS - By hudsonelectric on 08/03/05 at 20:26:49 - 'UP_Challenger_Dining_Car_Color_resized.jpg' 198 KB
From my collection.  

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Re: Dining Car Paper - By trainman786 on 09/02/04 at 12:27:14 - 'Im000234-2.jpg' 99 KB
Also I have a 1961 California Zephyr "Cable Car Room" menu

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Re: Dining Car Paper - By trainman786 on 09/02/04 at 12:18:58 - 'Im000279-2.jpg' 76 KB
...And the inside of the same menu.

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Any caption writers out there? [cartoon] - By jaswar on 03/07/03 at 17:47:50 - 'diner.galley.cartoon.jpg' 102 KB
Come on, dining car fans, lighten up and give us a funny caption for this cartoon - obviously in a typically-overworked dining car galley with the steward bringing the chef a huge order...
 
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Re: Dining Car Paper - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 17:21:26 - 'ostew.jpg' 37 KB
And why not one more?
 
A classic ad...

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Re: Plaza Santa Fe - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 15:07:51 - 'PSF_Bar1.jpg' 36 KB
And the bar under the dome...
 
From a Santa Fe Ad, 1952

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Re: Plaza Santa Fe - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 15:06:50 - 'psflounge1.jpg' 63 KB
And the lounge...
 
view by Dasha Clancey  Feb 2002

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Re: Plaza Santa Fe Interior - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 15:04:46 - 'psfdome.jpg' 77 KB
And the dome view...
 
view by Dasha Clancey , Feb 2002

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Re: Vista Domes Forever - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 15:02:49 - 'psfoak1.jpg' 36 KB
Well here's another one from the West...
 
Santa Fe Pleasure Dome Lounge 503 "Plaza Santa Fe"
 
Exterior view by Dasha Clancey at Oakland Coach Yard, Feb 2002

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Re: Uniforms? - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 14:00:05 - 'Label.jpg' 15 KB
And here's the label for it, kind of small

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Re: Uniforms? - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 13:57:22 - 'Jacket.jpg' 20 KB
Here's another one.
 
British Rail.

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Re: Odd one - By Pullman on 09/06/02 at 13:52:33 - 'rrshirt1.jpg' 38 KB
Just bought this one on eBay.
 
Anyone got info on it? Would love to learn more!
 
Santa Fe and tan? by Ottenheimer of Chicago.

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Re: Vista Domes Forever - By Pennsy on 08/23/02 at 15:49:55 - 'Silver_Lariat_Interior.jpg' 52 KB
Hi All,
Let's go inside, and up the stairs, and have a seat near the window, call the waitress and wait at the table for our drinks. Cheers.

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Vista Domes Forever - By Pennsy on 08/23/02 at 15:47:33 - 'Silver_Lariat.jpg' 33 KB
Hi All,
Many of us have never had the opportunity to board a vistadome and look at the interior of the dome, or look out of the windows. The Silver Lariat is ex-California Zephyr, and now available for charter or rental. Enjoy.

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Re: DINING CAR CHINA II - By njmidland on 07/01/02 at 10:49:56 - 'starucca_demi.JPG' 9 KB
Another popular way to get dining car china is the reproduction market.  The C&O historical society has been producing the Chessie pattern for quite a while now and it is very good.  Our Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society has produced a reproduction of th Lackawanna's Phoebe Snow pattern service plate and will be doing the Erie's Starucca pattern later this year.  This is a way to help a good project and get a representation piece for a favorite railroad/train that otherwise would be beyond the collector's reach.


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