Thursday, May 16, 2013

Romance of Rail

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Isn't that just a marvellous name? I wish I could hear it pronounced with a lazy southern drawl. The name conjures up so many early television memories. Sadly the company is no more and the railway mainline never made it to Sante Fe in New Mexico. The company's history spanned from 1859 to 1996 when it was absorbed my another company.




Anything blue on the map was part of the company's network.

There was even a song, and having heard it, I now remember it. Mancini is not a favourite of mine but this is the only music that had seemed to have some appropriate footage.


10 comments:

  1. The old trains always have more of a sense of style don't you think?

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    1. Serious style John. You have reminded me of http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2008/07/wednesday-balance-sheet.html

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  2. Now you are talking my language! I have not been on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe system, but I have been on one long distance luxury train trip in Canada and one in the USA. Fabulous!

    Mind you, the train system in the USA was once comprehensive and efficient. I assume it was almost totally closed down because the petrol companies wanted to force people off trains and into cars.

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    1. Hels, that would be Rocky Mountains train in Canada? Marvellous.

      Yes, I think you are partly correct about why the system was much reduced, but the freedom of car travel had a good bit to do with it. Vested interests were certainly very proactive about shutting down tram systems in the US. Now the US is busy building new systems.

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  3. Canada train envy Hels.
    I have AmTrak'd NYC to Washington DC and couldn't stop smirking it was such a movie experience.
    Andrew I must urge you to rethink Henry Mancini. He got 11 movie music OSCARs. Breakfast at Tiffanys, The Pink Panther, and way back in the 60's when I was in High School we could all play his Theme From Peter Gunn
    (a TV detective show) which we thought was so cool and sophisticated.
    and we were right.

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    1. Agree Ann, envy. It costs a good bit though.

      Following the Amtrack path of JFK's funeral train. Couple of photos I just saw on Shorpy.

      I don't doubt Mancini's talent, but I just think bland lift music.

      No idea of that tv show. You aren't that much older than I am.

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  4. Henry Mancini was not the only performer to cover that song (from a 1940's film)- Louis Jordan, Harry Connick, Jr., Mandy Patinkin, The Four Freshmen and John Denver did also.
    Thanks for the fun I had at
    WikiNeedias songs_about_trains. There's LOTS of them and you will be surprised by how many you know when you see the list. Are there Australian songs about trains?

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    1. I liked Johnny Mercer's version. There is a song about the Melbourne/Sunbury train crash, but I can't find it on YT.

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  5. A very stylish lounge at the end of that train. Peter Gunn is one of those themes that will just go on forever. It possibly inspired the theme from Minute Mouse and Courageous Cat, which just shows how good it is.

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    1. FC, I am getting cross now. I know nothing of Peter Gunn.

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