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Stationary Streamliners: Modernist Railroad Passenger Stations in North America, 1929 to 1965

by Adam Alsobrook

Amidst the dark days of the Great Depression, sleek new streamlined passenger trains captured the imaginations of the traveling public. Some railroads built Modernist passenger stations to accompany their new streamliners.

The presentation on June 8th will consist of three sections: the first section will present some early examples of Modernist railroad passenger stations, the second section will provide historical context and a broad overview of Modernist railroad passenger stations built in the United States and Canada between 1929 and 1965, and the third section will include a closer look at several selected Modernist railroad passenger stations, especially those constructed by the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific.

Adam Alsobrook is a registered architect and architectural historian with twenty years of experience working in the fields of architecture, cultural resource management, and historic preservation. His article on the Nyssa depot, entitled The Stationary Streamliner: The Union Pacific Depot at Nyssa, Oregon, can be found at his website: adamalsobrook.net.

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20th Century Railroad Club is planning more trips as we speak!

On Saturday, June 25, Trip 22-B leaves for a one day adventure to the annual Galesburg Railroad Days and Train and Toy Show at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

This trip comes with two options.

Option 1 has you arrive in Galesburg at 10:21 a.m., giving you the entire day to explore Railroad Day activities.

Option 2 is a tour of three historical towns and railroad depots.

The tour stops in Mendota, Amboy and Galesburg. After a docent-lead tour in Mendota, and lunch, a mini coach will take us to the Amboy Depot Museum, then on to Galesburg and Railroad Days.

Travel by both leave Chicago Union Station aboard Amtrak’s Carl Sandburg Train at 7:40 a.m., LaGrange at 7:55a.m., Naperville at 8:13a.m. or Plano at 9:04 a.m.

The cost for Galesburg only is $75 for non-members, $69 for members. An additonal $50 per person gets you Mendota, Amboy and Galesburg option.

See the Trip 22-B flier for full details.

TRIP 22-C to Iowa canceled

20th Century Railroad Club regrets that, due to a lack of participation, our July 15-17 trip to visit the Boone & Scenic Railway, Amana Colonies and the Threshers museum has been canceled. 

A minimum number of confirmed passengers is needed to make these trips happen. this is especially true for a three-day trip, requiring a motorcoach, confirmed reservations for accommodations and other fixed expenses.

20th Century is committed hosting entertaining and enjoyable trips, such as our upcoming trip, 22-B to Galesburg Railroad Days and a new trip to Galena that's soon to be available. 

As people's interest and comfort level for traveling returns, we hope to be able to provide you with more, multi-day offerings going forward. 


If you're not on our email list please provide your address so we may keep you informed on upcoming trips, meetings and events. Better yet, join the Club and participate in making things happen.  

At 7 p.m. (CST), Nov. 10, 2021 renowned author and historian Bruce Moffat hosted a program on Chicago's abandoned freight tunnels operated by the Chicago Tunnel Company from 1906 to 1959, plus some post-abandonment coverage.

Zoom recordings available

Watch noted rail historian Bruce Moffat take us on a fascinating trip through the Chicago Freight Tunnels. This Zoom recording is available to watch at your leisure.

Longtime rail advocate Andrew Selden shared his vision of an efficient, expanded intercity rail passenger service via the potential massive influx of federal funding from the recently passed infrastructure bill. Enjoy the recording of this Wednesday, Sept. 8 Zoom program that many thought was one of our best of the year.

Watch the recording:

20th Century's April Zoom meeting features the history of Pennsylvania inter-urban line Lehigh Valley Transit. The recording of the April 14 presentation by John Nicholson of the Central Electric Railfans' Association runs just about an hour long. 

Click on the below link to watch: 


20th Century Railroad Club's inaugural Zoom presentation of Wednesday March 10, 2021 featured Dan Bartlett of the Elmhurst History Museum taking us on a history trip on the Galena Chicago Union Railroad.

Dan talked about the earliest history of the Galena Chicago Union Railroad through the western suburbs, its operations, and how the coming of that first rail line from Chicago affected the communities along its path.

The recording of the meeting is available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrzlRoWzpFQ

The Midwest Rail Rangers and the 20th Century Railroad Club "virtual" educational program regarding La Plata, MO and related railfan things of interest remains available. Use this link to view the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WulTvv4fiMc 

If you're a railfan with an inclination towards writing or editing we can use the help with The Fast Mail. Contact us and let us know how you can help.

Your Club needs Board and Committee members to help make things happen. You can help as a committee member with such things as trip planning, meeting planning and Fast Mail production. Please contact our office by email at board@20thcentury.org or phone us at 312-829-4500.

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