Much of the history in the beautiful countryside is being preserved.
The bridge in the background, that no longer meets modern specs,
is being moved intact to where it can be used rather than being
Our return trip was in car 107 with its beautiful patterned tin
ceiling, called a Wunderlich ceiling.
In my youth, these double-decker 1940's-era Zephyr Vista Dome
cars were the epitome of first-class travel. I had always wanted to
see one, but it wasn't until this trip that I climbed on one with the
cleaning crew hard at work. Fortunately, I found this picture on
the Arkansas & Missouri web site sans cleaning crew and vacuum
This picture blurred as I tried to take it from the train as we flew past,
but it was important enough I felt it should be seen anyhow. The
construction on the Winslow Tunnel began on Sept. 26, 1881 with
a 300-man crew. Conditions were severe, and once inside the tunnel,
the air was scarce and stale. Men's skin turned yellow as they
grew weaker. Then smallpox swept through the crew with many
deaths, some buried in nearby cemeteries, some buried right along
the tracks they were laying. With the warming of spring, malaria
was added to their health challenges. The work had to be completed,
but the railroad president felt so bad about the toll in human life
(a condition I doubt we'd see in American industrial life today),
that he stipulated in his will that his body be returned to lay with
his workers on the mountain, and here he lies between two of
Greater Downtown Winslow. There is one more red building
to the left of these.
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad still runs passenger service from
The perfect Ron Howard-styled movie set.
Sunset on the Talimena Trail.