Traversing Colfax County, New Mexico and Las Animas County, Colorado, Raton Pass is a mountain pass that was used by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. This Fred Harvey postcard has this description on the reverse:
Raton Tunnel, the highest point on the Santa Fe. Altitude 7,622 feet. The Tunnel at Raton Pass is fifteen miles beyond Trinidad. The Santa Fe has recently completed a secon Tunnel considerably below the original Tunnel.
This painting by Herbert D. Stitt shows The York, a locomotive that won a $4000 prize in 1830 for being the best practical locomotive design.
In service from 1902 to 1978, the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway was engineered by the Otis Elevator Company. The track and cars had been damaged by fire several times over the years, and the then-dormant railway was consumed in its entirety in 1983. Efforts are currently underway to rebuild the historic railway, and you can read about it here.
Mailed in 1910, this postcard shows the C.B. & Q. (Chicago, Burlington and Quincy) Train Station in Creston, Iowa. As notated on the front, the card was published by The Ten Cent Store.
Mailed in 1914, this postcard provides a view of the circular bridge at Mt. Lowe, California. You can see another view of the bridge here.
Published by Souvenir Publishing Company of San Francisco (1907-1915), this postcard view shows the key route train in Berkeley, California.
While the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington D.C. may be the intended subject of this postcard, the focus is clearly on the “Cherry Blossom Special”, the free train service that shuttled visitors around the grounds. Of course this miniature train isn’t a train per se, as it rolls on tires rather than tracks.
Here’s two postcards, both published by Western Publishing & Novelty Co. and both illustrating trains passing through California orange groves. The first, white border postcard dates from the 1920s, whereas the linen postcard is from the 1940s. Oranges hadn’t changed, but the trains are very different!
This one struck me as odd, as the sentiment seems out of step with today’s thinking. What do y’all think about it?
How about the sweet lines on this Union Pacific Station in ‘Vegas?