TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN’ (1890)

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The year is 1890. According to the Just A Car Guy blog, this photo was taken in Mexico. Perhaps a train enthusiast can confirm this. If it is Mexico, I’m thinking maybe this is Oaxaco, which has similar terrain. That might make this a Mexico Southern locomotive. So far, it’s a mystery, but this is a very thrilling image – and even more so in color. This kind of image is what comes to mind whenever I hear the classic Johnny Burnette song, “the train kept a-rollin’ all night long – with a heave and a ho . . .”

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1890 - Train Kept A-Rollin'

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KITCHEN WITH DINAH (1949)

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The year is 1949 – and someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah!This photo was taken by noted African-American photographer, Addison Scurlock, of Washington, DC. These gentlemen are the dining car cooks aboard a passenger train – most likely in the Washington area.

In the 1940s, train travel was a magical experience, and gleaming rails criss-crossed the United States from Atlantic to Pacific and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. They’re all but gone now, but we have vintage films and photos to show us what real train travel was like.

And then, there are those wonderful train tunes: “I’ve Been Workin’ On The Railroad”, “Mystery Train”,”Wabash Cannonball, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, “Ballad Of Casey Jones”, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe”, “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”, “Take The ‘A’ Train”, “King Of The Road” . . . So much history there.

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1949 - Dining Car Cooks

UNION LOCOMOTIVES (1864)

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The year is 1864. A central Virginia town at the junction of the James and Appommatax Rivers, City Point became a critical Union port and supply hub during the Civil War. It’s also the likely location of this fantastic photo showing three classic locomotives. Color is by yours truly at American Photo Colorizing.com.

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CRAZY TRAIN (1895)

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The year is 1895. An engineer racing his locomotive to make up lost time, crashes through a wall of Gare Montparnasse in Paris, France – and VOILA! No doubt “texting” was involved.

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1895 - Loco Locomotive

HAWAIIAN RAILROAD (1882)

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The year is 1882. Hawaiian Railroad aka Kohala Railroad consisted of track that covered 20 miles near Kohala on the Hawaiian main island. rail cars transported tourists and sugar from nearby plantations.

Gallon upon gallon of fresh water needed to operate the steam engine, Kinau – had to be shipped from Honolulu, then transported by mule team from Mahukona port to the spot where the train refueled.

Though the route looks innocent enough in this photo – in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more harrowing 20 miles of track. At various points, the 36-inch narrow gauge tracks were laid on bare lava, negotiated steep cliffs, and crossed deep gulches. There were sharp curves and trestles suspending the train up to 60 feet in the air. Despite achieving a top speed of only 12 miles per hour, taking a trip on the Kinau had to have been akin to riding Space Mountain or even Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

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1882 - Hawaii - Railroad

1882 - Hawaii - Kohala Railroad

GRAND CANYON – RAILROAD AD (1908)

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The year is 1908. Here is a beautiful magazine ad for the Santa Fe Railroad’s “California Ltd.” locomotive train. The ad looks pretty good even in black & white. But, add color to it – and the Grand Canyon with the young couple on the cliff above simply “pops” to life.

1908 - California Ltd. (O)

1908 - California Ltd.

UNION LOCOMOTIVES (1864)

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The year is 1864. A central Virginia town at the junction of the James and Appommatax Rivers, City Point became a critical Union port and supply hub during the Civil War. It’s also the likely location of this fantastic photo showing three classic locomotives. Color is by yours truly at American Photo Colorizing.com.

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1864 - Locomotives at City Point, VA<