Starting in 1936, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway offered service from Chicago to Los Angeles on their luxurious new train the Super Chief. The line was the Southwestern-colored-art-deco-themed flagship service that became known as the “The Train of the Stars” because it was the preferred mode of transportation by celebrities traveling cross country. The Super Chief â€”which by 1937 was offering daily service â€” was the first ever all-Pullman sleeper car train in the United States and featured fine dining in the exclusive Turquoise Room.
The Super Chief is one of the most iconic and recognizable rail lines in the United States and was the pinnacle of travel in its day. Eventually passenger railways were consolidated into Amtrak which ended the service in the 1970s. Today, the classic red and yellow styling lives on in Lego and old photographs like Jack Delano’s beautiful 1943 Kodachrome (top image) of the Super Chief being serviced in Albuquerque, NM.