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.
The Royal Blue was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s flagship passenger train between New York City and Washington, D.C., beginning in 1890. The Baltimore and Ohio also used the name between 1890 and 1917 for its improved passenger service between New York and Washington launched in the 1890s, collectively dubbed the Royal Blue Line. Using variants such as the Royal Limited and Royal Special for individual Royal Blue trains, the Baltimore and Ohio operated the service in partnership with the Reading Railroad and the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Principal intermediate cities served were Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore. Later, as Europe reeled from the carnage of World War I and connotations of European royalty fell into disfavor, the Baltimore and Ohio discreetly omitted the sobriquet Royal Blue Line from its New York passenger service and the Royal Blue disappeared from their timetables. Beginning in 1917, former Royal Blue Line trains were renamed: the Royal Limited (inaugurated on May 15, 1898), for example, became the National Limited, continuing west from Washington to St. Louis via Cincinnati. During the Depression, the Baltimore and Ohio hearkened back to the halcyon pre-World War I era when it launched a re-christened Royal Blue train between New York and Washington in 1935. Sadly, the Baltimore and Ohio finally discontinued passenger service north of Baltimore on April 26, 1958, and alas, the Royal Blue faded into history. Come celebrate the glory of vintage passenger trains and our classic fallen flag railroads at http://www.classicstreamliners.com or visit our Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/railstream.
The fine furnished cars and other amenities were the trademark of the beautiful streamlined passenger trains of yesteryear. The Classic Streamliners Facebook Page is a non-profit organization exploring vintage passenger trains, fallen flag railroads, train travel, rail museums, and just about everything else rail-related. They are on a mission to entertain, enlighten and educate all who climb aboard. Like them at http://www.facebook.com/RailStream.
The Texas and Pacific participated with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the operation of the “Texas Eagles” from St. Louis, with one going to and from Dallas-Fort Worth and all the way to El Paso, Texas, and the other going to Houston and San Antonio. In 1950 Planetarium dome cars were ordered for the Eagles, and at that time, the Texas and Pacific owned 45 passenger locomotives (10 of which were diesels), and 209 passenger cars.