Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Daylight, U. S. A.

Daylight was a passenger train originally run by the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, via SP's coast line. In the eyes of many the "most beautiful passenger train in the world," it featured a stunning red, orange, and black color scheme. The streamlined Daylight began running in March, 1937. The Daylight continued to run behind steam until January 7, 1955, long after most streamliners had been powered by diesel.

Congressional Limited Express, U. S. A.

In 1885, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) began passenger train service from New York City to Washington with limited stops along the route. This service became known as the "Congressional Limited Express." The service expanded, and by the 1920s, the PRR was operating hourly passenger train service between New York and Washington. The slogan for the Congressional’s route was “Every Mile Electrified”.

Hiawatha, U. S. A.

The Hiawatha was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (also known as the Milwaukee Road), and traveled from Chicago to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The train takes its name from the song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Traveling at over 100 miles per hour twice daily it was known as America’s Fastest Train at that time (1838).

Supper Chief, U. S. A.

The Super Chief was one of the passenger trains and the flagship of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It was often referred to as "The Train of the Stars" because of the many Hollywood celebrities who traveled on the streamliner between Chicago and Los Angeles. The Super Chief was the first Diesel powered all-Pullman sleeping car train in America.. The Super Chief commenced its maiden run from Dearborn Station in Chicago on May 12, 1936. From that day forward the Super Chief set a new standard for luxury rail travel in America. The train maintained its legendary high level of service until the end of Santa Fe passenger operations on May 1, 1971.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The 20th Century Limited, U.S.A

The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1902 to 1967, during which time it would become known as a "National Institution" and the "Most Famous Train in the World". In the year of its last run, The New York Times said that it "...was known to railroad buffs for 65 years as the world's greatest train". The train traveled between Grand Central terminal in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago along the railroad's famed "Water Level Route". The supper fast journey in 16 hours between the two cities catered to the business travelers.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Skopje Railway Station, Macedonia.

The Skopje Central Railway Station is approximately 2 kilometers east of the city center. It is part of the "Transportation Center" complex, built in the 1970s to replace the first railway station that was destroyed by the 1963 earthquake. The new station has 10 platforms and is suspended on a massive concrete bridge about 2 km long.