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Train Travels Via Pullman 1950 by [Brown, Richard H.]
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZDYG
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This is a fascinating account of a golden age of travel. Reading the account of Pullman sleeper travel in the USA in the 50's you can almost feel you are actually there experiencing the impeccable Pullman servings and snuggling up in the sleeper berth, then waking up and enjoying a wonderful breakfast in the dining car as fascinating ever changing scenery glides past outside. To think that just for the sake of speed all this was abandoned so that we could 'enjoy' the hassle of crowded airports, with overpriced everything, ghastly security procedures, crammed in to a flying tube with if you are lucky some barely edible food to sustain you.
Read this and find out what REAL travel was like in a bygone world where life was,t so rushed and travel could!d be a pleasure instead on an endurance test.
Very well written. Get it worth the price many times over an absolute gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Train Travels Via Pullman 1950 (Kindle Edition) 14 April 2012
By Chet Copeland - Published on Amazon.com
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The author's aim is to bring us along for the ride & I must say he usually succeeded for me.

His descriptions can be every bit as good as what I read in Train history mags!

The book was written recently (not in 1950). Responding to an earlier Amazon review Mr Brown added this:

"Primary objective was to leave a record of what it was like, while there are still a few of us around who experienced it."

Because Mr Brown only reviews trains he had the chance to ride much of U.S. gets left out:

The Upper Midwest (except for Omaha & Chicago), NY-Florida trains, Trains up the Pacific Coast etc.

He rode Seattle-Butte on the Milwaukee Road but went no further East (Great Northern & Northern Pacific Trains were not taken).

I bought this ebook not quite realizing it was a "Kindle Short" (45 pages). My first time
with this buying one.

Alas there's a typo or grammatical error on almost every page! The subject matter (I'm an armchair train 'foamer') allowed me to overlook those & continue on the journey with him. I hope he corrects these!

The other reviewer mentions photos. Later he says it was his error--there indeed are none.

I do recommend 2 websites as side by sides (Mr Brown could have added some links too now that he's got our interest!).

Timetableworld.com has an online copy of the 1952 Official Railway Guide

Also see Streamlinerschedules.com for more info and sched's for many of these trains.

Unfortunately I had come to the book's end by the time I was ready to curl up next to my computer's various Official Guides!

For the $1 price I'd buy it again.

Chet C
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it.. 31 Dec. 2011
By Michael Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't torture yourselves, folks, with how things used to be in America. The levels of convenience and comfort and style depicted in these pages bear absolutely no relation to what we have these days. It's a melancholy occupation contemplating America's glory days, and this book reads like some sort of fairy tale now. But unlike fairy tales this was all real. Could be again if only America would snap out of its apathy and complacency. Still, if you love trains, and especially trains of a certain era (though, God knows, give me Amtrak any day over flying)you'll appreciate the sweet nostalgia contained within its pages. Some real nice photos too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Returning to a time that never was (for me) 28 April 2012
By s-kaf - Published on Amazon.com
The author writes this book, as if you were experiencing these trips first-hand. I have read this book 5 times, and it truly feels like I am on these journeys, as the author vividly describes. It certainly feels like traveling in a time machine. The book does contain a few grammatical and spelling errors, but they in no way detract from 'living' the experience. Very highly recommended, especially for those who grew up in the Amtrak era (like me), and didn't have the chance of experiencing train travel on a Pullman. This is just like jumping into a time machine, and taking a trip back to January 1950. Five stars and more, for the truly immersive experience, that I rarely feel when reading any book. I only wish more train trips were covered, as this is a quick read, but still extremely satisfying nevertheless. Well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book 30 Mar. 2014
By Marc Grenier - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the Kindle version and found it rather interesting despite its rather short length. I think the book would be more enjoyable had the author gone into more detail on the company considering Pullman cars were such an important part of the American passenger train history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good snapshot of mid-50s passenger travel. 29 Nov. 2013
By Jimmy Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Great short read of the passenger's perspective of train travel in the 1950's. Sparse prose covers a lot of ground and conveys sense of this time passed.
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