A short course in Railroading ... For Airline executives (by Southern Pacific 1946)

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A short course in Railroading ... For Airline executives (by Southern Pacific 1946)
Posted by Jones1945 on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 1:55 PM

This advertisement was found in LIFE ( 23 Sep 1946 )

Competition between Railroads and Airlines turned white-hot after the WW II. Limited capacity of early civil aircraft didn’t allow the Airline to further decrease the ticket fares, but later when larger and faster airplanes were available, even the fare was no longer a competitive weapon of railroads. Long distance flight service became the new mainstream travel method globally, a nonreversible trend……
 


We know the rest is history......

Did our fallen flags put enough effort to save the passenger train business?

What would you do, if you were the CEO of the fallen flags and you have one chance to rewrite history?

Please feel free to express your thought! CoffeeCowboy

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 4:03 PM

Airlines have advanced to the point that on many carriers - the 1st Checked Bag is within 50 cents of the computed round trip LA-SF quoted fare.

         

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:44 PM

You need to get your head read to fly these days... and back then as well!

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Posted by Jones1945 on Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:56 AM

I am not interested in civil aviation but I don't mind if train service was replaced by planes or flying boat like the Bristol Brabazon or Dornier DO-X or train like the UAC turbotrain. They were actually interesting and offer roomy space to the passengers......I never enjoy flying, if there is HSR connect to both cities center, I would take HSR instead of airplane if the difference of travel time is less than 3 hours, but if it was a business trip I would have no choice...... Imagine UAC Turbotrain came 20 years earlier......Coffee

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:13 AM

Miningman

You need to get your head read to fly these days... and back then as well!

 
Not at all.  If you demand accomodations similar to sleeping cars, then you are doomed to failure.  First class or business class on the airlines that provide such service is not that different from parlor car accomodations, although swivel seats have vanished from similar service on railroads.  Coach class is a bit tight, but you get what you pay for.
     Long-distance trains as a viable business travel option were doomed beginning in 1958, when the 707 and DC-8 entered service.
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:49 PM

As Jones45 recently posted:

I really like the "positive mood" of this advertisement......There are things that I want to experence when traveling alone.
 
If you choose to fly over a Pullman after the war until around 1955-56 you missed out on the best of the best and probably arrived a white knuckled mess. 
 
If you think that flying today is a joy then you must love misery, annoyance, inconvenience and a whole host of other disgusting nonsense. 
 
60's, 70's first 5 years into the 80's ok to fly , not so nutty. I would still much prefer the train those years regardless of destination. 
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Posted by rrnut282 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:29 PM

As a former airline worker, it was fascinating to tour museums with a railroad ticket office as I recognized a lot of the same equipment (the cosmo validator was EXACTLY like one I used at work) and similar forms.   The airlines 'stole' so much from airlines besides passengers.  

Mike (2-8-2)

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