First at New Orleans’s Union Terminal

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The first train arrives at Union Passenger Terminal, January 8, 1954. The train was the Southern Pacific’s Sunset Limited, which came in from the West Coast on track 12 at 4:35 p.m. Mayor Morrison and other officials and guests boarded the train at the Carrollton Station and rode it into the new terminal. At 5:00 p.m., the Illinois Central’s Panama Limited became the first train to leave the station, bound for Chicago.

[Photograph by Leon Trice. New Orleans Railroad Terminal Board Series, Municipal Government Photograph Collection]

At Chillicothe

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ATSF, Chillicothe, Illinois, 1947 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art

Santa Fe Railway passenger train “Second 24,” the second section of the eastbound Grand Canyon Limited behind streamlined 4-6-4 steam locomotive no. 3460, drifts to a stop at Chillicothe, Illinois, on August 3, 1947. Photograph by Wallace W. Abbey, © 2015, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Abbey-02-091-03

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Pendulum car

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CB&Q 6000 “Silver Pendulum”, a Unique Coach by Marty Bernard

In September 1964 while bumming around the CB&Q coach yard in Aurora, IL, I happened upon something unique, CB&Q Coach 6000 “Silver Pendulum” (first photo). In I found these statements. Robert Bullerman wrote: “Unique pendular suspension 60 seat chair built in 1940 by the Pacific Railway Equipment Company. 1 of 3 such cars, 1 each owned by the Burlington Route, Great Northern, and Santa Fe.” And Chuck Zeiler wrote: “A pendulum car truck is designed to support the car body 14 inches above the center of gravity and secure easy riding around curves at high speed”. This is very different from say the Talgo Pendular cars in Oregon and Washington. A little more research led me to this… And years ago I purchased a slide (see next photo), photographer unknown, taken January 1, 1955 in in St. Joseph, MO. of CB&Q Doodlebug 9767 (built by EMD-Pullman) pulling, unbelievably, Silver Pendulum. What an odd combination. Not exactly high-speed. The doodlebug like many of CB&Q’s was recycled. It became the Beardstown Engineers Locker Room.

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You probably wouldn’t want a room there, but…


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The Hammond Times… by Zeolite C O on Flickr.

Caption: “Here we view downtown Hammond in times gone by. The summer of 1974. Back then you could still get a room, shoot a game of pool and get a cold one at the Hotel Goodwin (in the background here). You probably wouldn’t want the room though.

This Norfolk and Western transfer is heading eastward down the former Nickel Plate. ”

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