This beautiful advertising artwork was typical of American railroads at the turn of the century. It has a holiday feel, and makes one long for the good old days of vintage passenger train travel. The children are in the Frisco Line depot waiting room. For more on the Frisco and classic passenger train travel go to http://www.classicstreamliners.com/Texas_RRs_-_3.php. To hear the new song “Rockin’ On the Frisco Line” go here: http://www.classicstreamliners.com/TJ_Night_Owl_Blues.php. Happy Holidays!
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The Milwaukee Road aggressively marketed passenger service through much of its history, maintaining a high quality of service until the end of private intercity passenger operations in 1971. The Milwaukee prided itself on its passenger operations, providing the nation with some of its most innovative and colorful trains. The railroad’s home-built equipment was among some of the best passenger equipment ever run on any American railroad. The Milwaukee’s reputation for high quality service was the principal reason that UP shifted its service to the Milwaukee Road for its “City” streamliners in 1955.
The Milwaukee Road’s Pioneer Limited was one of the first named trains and its colorful Hiawatha trains were among the nation’s finest streamliners. The post-World War II Hiawatha trains remain a high-water mark for passenger train industrial design.
The United States government formed Conrail to salvage the profitable lines of several bankrupt railroads, including the Penn Central and the Erie Lackawanna Railway. After regulatory changes, Conrail was able to turn a profit in the 80s and by 1987 was turned over to private investors. In 1997, the last two remaining Class I railroads in the Eastern U.S., the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) and CSX Transportation, agreed to split the system equally, which essentially brought back rail freight competition in the Northeast by undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that formed Penn Central.
Although the Pennsylvania Railroad ranked fourth in total mileage, it ranked first in operating revenues. It also owned the greatest number of locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. In it’s time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, and had a budget larger than that of the U.S. government with a workforce of about 250,000 people. The PRR still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history, as it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for over 100 years in a row.