The “Copper King” (Feb, 1939)

The “Copper King”

EMBODYING the latest scientific streamline design, with interior decorations of sparkling copper and featuring Polaroid windows, which provide the basis for the claim that it is the world’s first light-conditioned observation lounge car, the “Copper King” has been placed in service by the Union Pacific Railroad as an addition to the railroad’s famous diesel-electric streamliner “City of Los Angeles.”

Each of the 29 windows of the “Copper King” consists of two 27-inch Polaroid discs, mounted one over the other in such a way that the inside disc can be revolved by turning a knob, enabling the passenger to regulate the amount of light passing through the discs.

School Car Follows Shifting Camps in Canada Wilderness (Mar, 1930)

School Car Follows Shifting Camps in Canada Wilderness

Every child likes a train so what could be better than for them to go to school in a railway coach fitted up as a school room? Geographical necessity and circumstances have made this a reality in the scantily populated wilderness regions of the Lake Superior district in Ontario, Canada, where the snow lies deep for over half the year. Here a beautifully outfitted school car has been put in operation for the first time. In this vast region there are few people and no schools. The population consists largely of people following lumbering operations which are continually shifting to new timbered areas so that in most cases it hasn’t been possible to provide permanent schools.

Portland’s Zoo Railway (Feb, 1959)

Looks like this train, plus two others are still going strong at the Portland Zoo.

Portland’s Zoo Railway

HAPPY tots and smiling adults ride around the new $3,859,000 Portland, Ore., zoo on America’s latest railway—the Portland Zoo Railroad Co. The rocket-styled, Diesel-powered Zooliner hauls three gleaming Skydome coaches and a luxurious club car which tote 99 adults or 132 kids. The pike is headed by famed Pacific Northwest author and historian, Stewart H. Holbrook, Chairman of the Board, and John H. Jones, President. All aboard!



Monorails promise swift and economical transportation for congested cities.

By Archie Robertson

HERE’S a brand-new way of travel for American commuters—the overhead, suspended train. In a monorail coach, light and roomy as a luxurious airliner and faster than a surface train, you will skim along above the crowded downtown streets, looking with thankfulness at your escape from a misery of crawling cars, traffic fumes, honking horns, whistling cops and squealing brakes. Whether you’re just going downtown to shop or commuting to work 50 miles from your home, a monorail will take you where you’re going two or three times as fast as conventional surface transportation.

Home for Aged Trolley Cars (Nov, 1955)

Home for Aged Trolley Cars

THE Seashore Electric Railway of Kennebunkport, Me., is a short stretch of track going nowhere. It’s run by and for people who miss the rattle-clang of the streetcars that have been discarded by Progress in favor of malodorous diesel buses. Fifteen years ago three sentimental Bostonians acquired a 12-bench open trolley; now the New England Electric Railway Historical Society has 300 members and owns rolling stock from points as far away as Denver and Minneapolis.

World’s Largest Vacuum Cleaner Keeps Rail Bed Clean (Feb, 1930)

World’s Largest Vacuum Cleaner Keeps Rail Bed Clean
THE Pennsylvania railroad has perfected the largest vacuum cleaning machine in the world to keep clean the right of way near principal terminals. The powerful machine lifts the stone ballast and foreign matter from along the track into a great cleaning chamber and then redistributes the thoroughly cleaned ballast rock along the rails and ties. It accomplishes the work at the rate of thirty-three feet in three minutes.

The 400-Mph Passenger Train (Apr, 1965)

The 400-Mph Passenger Train

It may ride on air cushions rather than on rails, and be driven by jets or even rockets. A number of far-out ideas are competing for serious development. And industry is studying a big new market.

By 1980, unless something drastic is done about it, traffic in the populous northeast corridor of the U.S. between Boston and Washington will have reached an imbalance and impasse of monstrous proportions. Already, superhighways in key metropolitan areas are reaching congestive saturation, though close to $2 billion has been spent on those in the corridor alone since 1945.

Railroads Run Special Cars For Amateur Photographers (Sep, 1938)

Railroads Run Special Cars For Amateur Photographers

IN ADDITION to their special trains for hikers, bicyclers and other hobby enthusiasts, railroads are now running special observation trains for the accommodation of amateur photographers. Many unusual photos are obtained as the amateurs “shoot” passing trains, entrances and exits from tunnels, sharp curves, etc.

Over-and-under monorail — a single beam tor two-way taxis (Jul, 1980)

Over-and-under monorail — a single beam tor two-way taxis


Munich, West Germany Starting next year, the people of Hamburg will be able to peer down on the city from a Cabintaxi, a personalized urban conveyor with a difference. It has small electric cars moving in both directions, but on a single elevated track. Cars run both above and below the slim, lofty beam. This unique mass-transit system was designed here by Messerschmidt-Bolkow-Blohm, Germany’s leader in aerospace and a high-technology innovator in other fields.

Passengers’ Luggage Handled Speedily by Monorail Line (Jul, 1929)

Passengers’ Luggage Handled Speedily by Monorail Line

HANDLING package freight to and from ocean-going vessels near Hamburg, Germany, is done in an extremely efficient and satisfactory manner. A unique monorail line carries bundles, trunks, etc., over an extensive tract of land and water to the passenger depot.

The cars are drawn by a gasoline motor along a rail suspension line at a rapid rate of speed. By this means, passengers’ luggage is quickly transported to and from a ship. Steel ribbed girders support the rail.