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McAdoo WG
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« on: Sep 25th, 2015, 9:28pm »
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With His Holiness Pope Frances about to wrap up his New York pilgrimage, I thought it would be interesting to pass on some information on papal trains and the Vatican City State Railway, obscure operations not familiar to most rail enthusiasts.....
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_Vatican_City
 
http://www.sinfin.net/railways/world/vatican/vaticanrail.html
 
"Mc WG"


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 9:35pm »
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In a related note, here is an outstanding site dedicated to the 1926 "CARDINAL'S TRAIN" (New York-Chicago); here you will find an excellent collection of rare photos, text, etc.
 
Imagine such a grand train today!
 
http://www.themetrains.com/cardinals-train-main.htm


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 9:37pm »
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1926 "Cardinal's Train" roster......
 
http://www.themetrains.com/cardinals-train-roster.htm


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 9:42pm »
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At one time, toy/model replicas were available replicating the "Cardinal's Train"; these trains were offered in N, HO, and Standard Gauge (a modern Standard Gauge version debuted in 2005)......
 
http://www.themetrains.com/cardinals-train-memorabilia.htm


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 10:14pm »
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When the "Cardinal's Train" arrived at Chicago, its travelers boarded a specially decorated and appointed CNS&M electric train for the trip to Mundelein, where the 1926 International Eucharistic Congress was being held.
 
So tremendous were the crowds attending this event, the North Shore built a temporary terminal at the site to handle the massive crush-load crowds that traveled to this magnificent event.
 
Indeed....THIS had to be SOMETHING to see.....
 
"Mc WG"


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CHESSIEMIKE
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Re: Papal trains/Vatican Railway
 
« Reply #5 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 10:32pm »
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According to TRAINS News Wire they ran a steam excursion on Sept 11, 2015:
 
Holy smokes: steam engine leads first excursion train from Vatican City
 
 
 

 
CHESSIEMIKE


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 10:55pm »
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CHESSIEMIKE:
 
MAGNIFICENT pic!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
That engine is truly a Euro classic, as well as the train itself!!
 
Man, talk about LIVING history!!!!!!!!!  


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 12:06am »
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Also of interest (from 1951)
 
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/papal-train-moves-again
 
(courtesy: britishpathe.com)


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 12:15am »
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Second photo down is of interest......
 
http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A574-Cars.htm


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 12:20am »
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Chapel cars....today a virtually forgotten chapter in the history of American railroads.....
 
http://www.chapelcars.com/


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 12:27am »
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See also:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railroad_chapel_car
 
http://www.worshipweekly.com/110430.html


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« Reply #11 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 7:27pm »
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on Sep 25th, 2015, 9:35pm, McAdoo WG wrote:       (Click here for original message)
In a related note, here is an outstanding site dedicated to the 1926 "CARDINAL'S TRAIN" (New York-Chicago); here you will find an excellent collection of rare photos, text, etc.
 
Imagine such a grand train today!
 
http://www.themetrains.com/cardinals-train-main.htm

 
This was the 1926 version of a private jet-- given the coverage of Pope Francis' visit so far, I can't help but wonder-- if such an opulent conveyance were provided for this visit, would he ride it?


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McAdoo WG
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 7:54pm »
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on Sep 26th, 2015, 7:27pm, Norm_Anderson wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
This was the 1926 version of a private jet-- given the coverage of Pope Francis' visit so far, I can't help but wonder-- if such an opulent conveyance were provided for this visit, would he ride it?

 
 
Norm:
 
Given His Holiness' dedication to simplicity and sidelining the usual pomp and granduer, I can easily imagine him riding from NYC to Chicago in an ordinary coach, and then slumbering the miles away in a humble upper berth!
 
Too, recall, back in 1926, Pomp and Majesty were indeed the bywords for any Catholic event, especially one of this magnitude......in any event, this handsome train must have been an unforgettable sight, for those who witnessed its passing along the rails en route to the Windy City.......
 
"Mc WG"


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