A postcard depicting a General Motor’s Aerotrain. From the back of the card: The New York Central System “The Road to the Future.” A General Motors “Aerotrain” is shown on display here at Buffalo, New York in Feb. of 1956. The train failed in regular operation and was in service on the Central less than a year. It was part of a futile effort to upgrade passenger service. Similar units were used briefly on the Pennsylvania and the Union Pacific Railroads. By 1969 the Road to the Future had proved to be the Road to Ruin. The card was distributed in 1970 by Owen Davies, Bookseller.
Postcard photo of the streamliner City of Los Angeles near Sterling, Illinois and traveling along the Rock River. The train is pulled by a EMC E2 locomotive. The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California via Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles it ran on the Union Pacific Railroad; east of Omaha it ran on the Chicago and North Western Railway until October 1955 and on the Milwaukee Road thereafter. This train was the top-of-the-line for the Union Pacific, which marketed it as a competitor to the Super Chief, a streamlined passenger train on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the Golden State, a streamlined passenger train jointly operated by the Rock Island and Southern Pacific railroads. As with the City of Los Angeles, many of the train’s cars bore the names of locales in and around its namesake city. Circa late 1940s.
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The Missouri Pacific Railroad owned and operated a fleet of more than 1,500 diesel locomotives and was a pioneer in the early days of computer-guided rail technology. It was a major hauler of grain, trailers on flat cars, coal, ore, autos and dry goods. When they merged in 1982, the MoPac owned newer locomotives, owned more locomotives and operated more track than partner Union Pacific Railroad (UP). The Missouri Pacific had merged with the Union Pacific and Western Pacific Railroad companies to create the largest system in its day, the “Pacific Rail Systems,” under the holding company Union Pacific Corporation, but kept its own corporate and commercial identity. In December of 1989, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas and the Galveston, Houston & Henderson were both merged into the Missouri Pacific after the Union Pacific acquired them in 1988. By 1994 all motive power of the Missouri Pacific was repainted and on January 1, 1997, its corporate and commercial identity officially merged into the Union Pacific. The Union Pacific continued to use the MoPac headquarters building in downtown St. Louis for its customer service center until February of 2005.