trains in history


Interior Pullman Car.

Beveled mirrors, ornate carvings, and polished brass were the hallmarks of travel in a Pullman parlor car, such as the one depicted here from 1893. First-class passengers enjoyed plush swivel seats and could eat their meals in equaling lavish dining cars. The wealthiest Pennsylvanians owned their own luxuriously appointed private cars.

Credit: Courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania


What Happens When You Imprison an Old Timey Strongman,

Born in 1888 in Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire, Alexander Zass was an old time strongman circus performer who is now known as the “Father of Modern Isometrics”. Zass taught that the key to superhuman strength was not just weightlifting, but by strengthening the hands, wrists, and arms through isometric exercise. Zass was very strong. VERY STRONG. Just how strong was he? Working as a circus performer as “The Great Samson”, he would bend iron bars around his legs, neck, and teeth, break chains with his chest, tie bars into knots, he would appear on stage carrying two lions, or suspend a piano from his teeth. One time he even carried on his shoulder a piano compete with pianist and a dancer.

When World War I broke out in 1914, Zass was conscripted into the Russian Army in order to fight the Germans and Austro-Hungarians.  In the midst of battle he was captured by the Austrian Army.  While a prisoner of war, he quickly gained a reputation as an escape artist, making three escape attempts.  On his fourth and successful attempt, the guards locked him in a cell, then shackled him to the floor by his arms and legs for good measure.  One day, when the guards checked his cell, they were astounded to discover that he had broken his shackles, bent the iron bars of his cell window, and climbed to his escape.



Ivory charmeuse pleated and wrapped bodice having gauze short sleeve and bodice insert trimmed in needle lace with orange blossom corsage, open skirt over gathered front panel of gauze on silk decorated at hem with a wavy band of self ruffles, silk piping and orange blossoms, long square train.


Amtrak - Union Avenue by d.w.davidson
Via Flickr:
Amtrak Train No. 346, the Illinois Zephyr, rolls east past the Halsted Street platforms and the former site of Union Avenue Tower, on January 6, 1999.


C&NW 4088A seem from the Oak Street Bridge in Hinsdale, Illinois with Amtrak’s Illinois Zephyr on the BN on August 22, 1973 by Marty Bernard
Via Flickr:
She was an F7A built 4/50, went into commuter service 8/61 and retired 4/76.

Black History Month Follow Train. ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

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Colourized footage showing the dramatic efforts to store, and move the large volume of shells needed at the Verdun Front.

Using over 10,000 shells during an major attack was expected, over 20,000 common. The Germans in preparation for this battle made special arrangements  to maintain a high rate of artillery-fire during the offensive. 

33 1⁄2 munitions trains per day were to deliver ammunition sufficient for 2,000,000 rounds to be fired in the first six days and another 2,000,000 shells in the next twelve.