Sunday, April 13, 2014

Train Deck

This is a curious picture from 1920 of passengers riding on the deck of a train car. The fabulous scenery, and lack of cover of the train car would possibly suggest that this was some sort of sightseeing ride. However, the passengers appear to be mostly men, and the men appear somewhat disinterested in the scenery. So I must say that I am not quiet sure what is going on here.


  1. Do you know the location? My guess in looking at the photo is that the train is transporting men either to or from work; possibly a mine job.

  2. People did seem to dress in their Sunday best more then than now, but it's unlikely that these people are on their way to work in a mine. Woman on the left is wearing a fur. It also appears that there are three conductors.

    Sometimes, when they are being pampered, wealthy people do seem to appear "bored... I would contend that these are wealthy people and they're sightseeing. Back then, maybe something like this was the closest thing to a 'Limo' that was available.

  3. On the right, about three rows from the back, sitting on the outside, is a woman wearing a wide brimmed hat. Also, it's very odd that the man sitting by himself (fourth row on the right) seems to be wearing sunglasses, possibly a luxury item back then.

    1. I don't know about the 1920s, but sunglasses were a normal part of life in both Europe and America from about 1650 to well after the Revolution, which is where my interest in history lies. There were even convertible glasses, which I will try to explain. Imagine two "D"s, facing each other, with the nose piece in between. The hinges are very high, and a second, colored, "D" shaped piece could be swung out over the "vision" lenses, or flipped back along the earpiece when not needed. Hope that makes sense.

  4. Scenery does look nice doesn't it.

    All the best Jan

  5. Appears to be a CP or GN car, def in the western Rockies -