This is a fresh and nostalgic look at the streamliners of the Santa Fe railroad from the late thirties to the early seventies. They're all here: the Super Chief, the Chief, El Capitan, and the San Francisco Chief. The book includes many photographs never before seen in other Santa Fe railroad books. Numerous interior pictures of the various cars remind us how wonderful train travel used to be. One chapter is devoted to the art collection of the Santa Fe railroad; it shows how these paintings were reproduced on menu covers and calendars. Another chapter shows most of the depots still standing in New Mexico as well as several of the Harvey House hotels rendered in beautiful hand-tinted photography. A special feature of the book is its extensive coverage of the original advertising materials used to lure travellers west through Indian Country in the Southwest. These include train brochures, timetables, post cards, magazine advertisements -- all of which show the style and luxury afforded the traveller on these famous streamliners. As an added bonus to movie buffs, one chapter deals with the silent film stars who stopped off in Albuquerque as the train was being serviced.
Historical pictures show a lost, glamorous era.
Publisher: New Mexico Magazine
Number of pages: 132
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 255 x 255 x 10 mm
"Fans of these trains will love this handsome book. . . . I loved the book and the look at that wonderful time when travel was a bit slower and a lot more pleasure."
"This volume conveys the excitement and romance of streamlined train travel on the Santa Fe and shows how the railroad used the landscapes and Indian culture . . . to promote travel on its famous trains."
"This is a 'blockbuster' book about a very wonderful time in the past. . . . a memory book filled with photographs, menu covers and timetables. . . . you will enjoy this nostalgic look at what rail travel used to be like. . . . This is a book for all railroad fans as well as for anyone who is interested in our American history."