“The Flying Yankee: An Early Streamlined Articulated Trainset”

The Flying Yankee was a diesel-powered streamliner built in 1935 for the Maine Central Railroad and the Boston and Maine Railroad by Budd Company and with mechanical and electrical equipment from Electro-Motive Corporation. It was also the name of a passenger train, the third streamliner train in North America after the Union Pacific Railroad’s M-10000 and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad’s Pioneer Zephyr; the Flying Yankee was, in fact, a virtual clone of the latter, except that it dispensed with the baggage/mail space to seat 142 in three articulated cars.


“Seaboard Streamlined Steam Locomotive at the Seaboard Railway Station, St. Petersburg”

Postcard depiction of one of the finest Seaboard Air Line Streamlined Steam Locomotives at the Seaboard Air Line Railway Station at St. Petersburg, Florida, “The Sunshine City.”
This is a linen type card that was popular circa 1930s to early 1950s. Streamlined locomotives and trains began in the early to mid 1930s with the lightweight diesel trains such as the Pioneer Zephyr. By the late 1940s to early 1950s, diesel powered locomotives were in common use for passenger service. This card is likely from the 1930s to 1940s.

Electric Blues: Show 209

You don’t want to miss this!

The Playhouse Classic Blues

Once again that Voice Vixen plays tribute to the electric blues on the Playhouse.

Question: what happens when a band friends B on WordPress and “LIKE”s her all up?  Well we all know she’s easy, but when it comes to the blues, she only plays the best.  Texas Johnny and the Night Owl Blues Band asked if B would play two of their new songs, she gave them a listen.  In her own words, “If I like it, I KNOW your gonna love it” 

Joining Texas Johnny on tonight’s show: Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Lightnin’ Hopkins and more…

Another show not to miss


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“The San Diegan: The Original Surfliner”

The San Diegan was one of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and a “workhorse” of the railroad. Its 126-mile route ran from Los Angeles, California south to San Diego. The Los Angeles-San Diego corridor was popularly known as the “Surf Line”, and the first San Diegan ran on March 27, 1938 as one set of equipment making two round trips a day. See more at http://www.ClassicStreamliners.com and follow us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/RailStream.

“The New Streamlined Olympian Hiawatha Speedliner, circa 1947”

The streamlined Olympian Hiawatha operated from 1947 to 1961 and was one of several Milwaukee Road trains to carry the name “Hiawatha.” The Olympian Hiawatha was designed by industrial designer Brooks Stevens and included the distinctive glassed-in “Skytop” observation-sleeping cars, and later featured full-length “Super Dome” cars. See more at http://www.ClassicStreamliners.com and follow us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/RailStream.