When Train Travel Was “It”

This is a fun film to go with our review of Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad.
The film is obviously aimed at children, but still, it reminds us of how rail travel has changed.

The station at the beginning is Washington D. C.’s Union Station, and the ending of the film (after the awkward splice with “Bobby” showing up out of nowhere) is in Lamy, New Mexico. At one time, Lamy was the closest stop to Santa Fe. Now there is a branch line to Santa Fe, and you can take an excursion to Lamy from Santa Fe and have lunch.

Thanks to Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, for pointing this film out on Facebook. The Philbrook in Tulsa Oklahoma has amazing collections of American Indian Art, including Quincy Tahoma, and also a deep collection of historical art and other objects.

If you would like to see more films about railroads and other stuff, go to http://www.archive.org/details/passenger_train

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler’s Library, recreating her family’s past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

Vera Marie Badertscher – who has written posts on A Traveler's Library.


About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

One thought on “When Train Travel Was “It”

  1. loved watching the little film. I did so love traveling on trains- things have changed quite a bit. Have something I’ll send your way- this made me think of it.

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