Pullman: America's Hotel on Wheels

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Pullman: America’s Hotel on Wheels covers great Pullman trains, first-person recollections from employees and passengers, how Pullman routed its cars, the various types of accommodations, and much more!

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Description

This 108-page special issue from Classic Trains features the luxury and excellence of Pullman trains.  These compelling stories will take you back to the era of train travel at its best! They include first-person recollections of Pullman employees and passengers, how Pullman routed its cars, and the various types of Pullman cars and accommodations.

This special edition features a variety of stories, including:

  • To Los Angeles on the Chief, by Frank P. Donovan Jr.
  • Empire of Hospitality, by Joe Welsh  
  • Pullman — from the Peak of Troop Travel to the Impact of the Jet, by William Moedinger  
  • Tales of the Century, by Harry Lee Stuart  
  • Birth of the Broadway, by Frederick Westing  
  • And more!

Pages: 108

Pullman: America's Hotel on Wheels is now available in a convenient digital format so you can enjoy your favorite hobby on your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone and select Android devices version 2.2 or higher. Powered by Zinio™, digital editions are compatible with PC, Macintosh®, Android™ via Google Play™ app, iOS™ via App StoreSM, and Win8 devices.

Reviews

In 1945, the legendary Pullman Company, one of the most successful enterprises in America, was operating more than 5,500 cars nationwide. Incorporated in 1867, Pullman’s business ballooned as the nation’s railroad network swelled from 39,000 route miles to 229,000 miles. As rail routes became longer, the Pullman Company provided what was considered an essential element of rail travel, with passengers often journeying overnight to reach their destination. By 1899 already Pullman was a virtual monopoly on the rails, handling 90% of the railroad sleeping-car business.

Pullman, America’s Hotel on Wheels is a 9 x 11” comprehensive glossy, color-cover, 106-page compilation of this iconic company and its many achievements. One advantage the company had was shifting its railroad cars between railroads in different parts of the country, depending upon demand, either because of the seasons, or because of large conventions in certain cities. And during WWII Pullman was essential in moving as many as 125 million passengers and troops.

All of the inviting articles—there are 14 of them—are laden with facts, large black and white or color photos, and even humor in some cases. Some of the articles include “I’ve Been Riding the Pullmans," where a traveler looks back on 35 years of overnight train rides; a feature on Santa Fe's Chief, an all-Pullman extra-fare streamliner that ran between Chicago and California; a story on Pennsylvania’s 1902-1903 Special between New York and Chicago; and details of B&O’s roundabout Capitol Limited route to Chicago. There’s even a picture gallery of passenger trains entitled “Pullman in Pictures,” highlighting such roads as the Pennsy, L&N, FEC, ACL, Wabash and the Milwaukee Road. 

In all, this is a keepsake publication, loaded with stories and facts, that deserves space on your bookshelf.

—Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co. 

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