Sunday, November 29, 2009

Inspection cars for railroad inspectors to look over the rails in style and comfort, Packards, Pontiacs, Buicks and more

Coolest new find in a railcar!:

Above two are from

Above: a trio of DeSoto 4 doors and Below: A Willys

Saving the best for last, Nik just told me he'd posted a gallery from Life's archives of Alaska in the 1950's, and these were in his post: Nik finds the coolest stuff!

Aint that cool?!

Sorta makes the next one look really big

For a very unusual rail car, a WW2 armored vehicle:

Above: 1929 Packard
Above: 1946 packard

1957 Pontiac Chieftain Safari Station Wagon that a family used to cruise across Canada

above and below 1947 Cadillac

Above: a Paige

above: late 1920's Packard

Above: 1934 Buick

above: 1930 Buick
Above: 1932 Buick
1938 Buick Special

Above: 1938 Chevrolet
Below: 1929 Packard and 1938 Buick Special

For inspecting the rails with motorcycles, or just traveling by motorbike on the rails:


    You can find a few more railroad cars here, clicked in Alaska in 1950:

  2. The 5th from the top is a Polish FSO Warszawa (check Wikipedia for details!), but this vehicle is operated by the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) in the 1950's. I am not sure who and when made the modification, but my guess is made by MÁV. The car is on the picture is on display at the Hungarian Railway Museum ( and still in operational condition. You can find a much better picture of it here:

    Also a Russian GAZ M13 (Chaika) is displayed at the same place. The story is the same as with the Warszava. Check it out: