Caption: “In the early 1990’s, Southern Pacific finally made it to Chicago by acquiring the bankrupt Chicago, Missouri and Western’s St. Louis to Chicago line and through trackage rights via BN. To celebrate SP’s entrance to railroading’s Midwestern mecca, the railroad set up a publicity shot at Amtrak’s 18th Street Yard in downtown on July 17, 1992. Here, brand new EMD GP60 No. 9757 sits beneath the Chicago skyline as the twilight settled over the sparkling city.”

Photo by Mike Danneman

We assume that presidents eat better than the rest of us, right?  This 1928 Christmas menu for the Atlantic Coast Line railroad (for regular folks) lists dishes quite different that what President Coolidge, who was traveling on the same railroad, ate for his Christmas dinner:

"Instead of their customary Christmas dinner at the White House a sumptuous meal was prepared for Mr. and Mrs. Coolidge on the train. Under the personal direction of George V. Hicken […] a specially choice of filet mignon or roasted Vermont Turkey with dressing and cranberry sauce, which honeyed sweet potatoes, creamed caulifower, and a variety of desserts, ranging from hot mince pie to strawberry short cake, completed the list." (from The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Me.), Dec. 26, 1928)


Train Stations and Claude Monet , 1877


Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare  -  Art Institute of Chicago IL

Saint-Lazare Station , National Gallery, London

Saint-Lazare Station  Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Saint-Lazare Station, Sunlight Effect

Saint-Lazare Station, Arrival of a Train 

The Gare Saint-Lazare, Arrival of a Train - Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge MA

The Gare Saint-Lazare (Suburban Lines)  Musée Marmottan-Monet, Paris 

Tracks outside Saint-Lazare Station  - Private Collection

 Track signals outside Saint-Lazare Station -Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover