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Drawing of a dining car with people seated at tables and a waiter carrying a tray. Interior of a palace hotel car used on the Pacific Railroad, sketched by A. Waud. Harper’s weekly, 1869, May 29, p. 348.  Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. //


Foster, George H., and Peter C. Weiglin. The Harvey House cookbook: memories of dining along the Santa Fe Railroad. Atlanta, Longstreet Press, c1992. 193 p.
LC call number: TX715.F74 1992

Frattasio, Marc. Dining on the Shore Line Route: the history and recipes of the New Haven Railroad Dining Car Department. Lynchburg, VA, TLC Pub., 2003. 106 p.
LC call number: TF668.F84 2003

Greco, Thomas J., and Karl D. Spence. Dining on the B&O: recipes and sidelights from a bygone age. In association with the B&O Railroad Museum. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. 170 p.
Includes bibliographical references.
LC call number TX715.G811473 2009

Hollister, Will C. Dinner in the diner: great railroad recipes of all time. 3rd ed. rev. Los Angeles, Trans-Angelo Books, 1970? c1965. 144 p.
LC call number: TX715.H744 1970

Kitchenside, G. M. The restaurant car: a century of railway catering. Newton Abbot, Eng., North Pomfret, VT, David and Charles, 1979. 48 p.
LC call number: TF668.K52

Loveland, Jim A. Dinner is served: fine dining aboard the Southern Pacific. San Marino, CA, Golden West Books, c1996. 241 p.
Bibliography: p. 234-235.
LC call number: TF668.L68 1996

McKenzie, William A.  Dining car line to the Pacific: the “famously good” food of the Northern Pacific Railway. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2004. 164 p.
Originally published under the title: Dining car line to the Pacific. St Paul, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.
LC call number: TF668.M38 2004

Peironnet, David R. Santa Fe’s last dining car service instructions. Kansas City, MO, D. Peironnet Books, 1999. 95 p.
LC call number: TF668.P45 1999

Porterfield, James D. Dining by rail: the history and the recipes of America’s golden age of railroad cuisine. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1993. 384 p.
Bibliography: p. 367-372.
LC call number: TX715.P848 1993 SciRR

Porterfield, James D. From the dining car: the recipes and stories behind today’s greatest rail dining experiences. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2004. 289 p.
Includes indexes.
LC call number: TX715.P849 2004

Quinzio, Jeri.Food on the rails: the golden era of railroad dining. Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 175 p.
Includes bibliographical references.
LC call number: TF668.Q56 2014 SciRR

The Southern Railway dining car cookbook: a historical reference. Compiled by E. Gordon Mooneyhan. Middletown, DE, The Author, 2013. 101 p.
LC call number: In-process



Armstrong, William Patrick.  Fred Harvey, creator of western hospitality.  Bellemont, AZ, Canyonlands Publications, c2000.  30 p.
Bibliography: p. 27-28.
LC call number: TF668.A76 2000

Estes, Rufus. Rufus Estes’ good things to eat: the first cookbook by an African-American chef.  Dover ed.  Mineola, NY, Dover, 2004. 144 p.
Originally pub.: Good things to eat, as suggested by Rufus. Chicago, R. Estes, 1911
Estes was the first African American railroad chef, not the first African American chef.
LC call number: TX715.E8 2004

Kachel, Edwin. A quarter of a century with the traveling public and what it taught me.  Seattle, Progressive Printing Co., c1937. 113 p.
LC call number: TF668.K3

Leyendecker, Liston E. Palace car prince: a biography of George Mortimer Pullman.  Niwot,  University Press of Colorado, c1992. 323 p.
Bibliography: p. 307-316.
LC call number: HE2754.P85 L49 1991

McDonald, Paul R. Forty-one years in the D.C. & H.: Jules Hansink and his career in the Dining Car and Hotel Department of the Union Pacific Railroad. Cedar Falls, IA, P. R. McDonald, c1983. 74 p.
LC call number: TF140.H27M38 1983



Kratz, Charles G. American railroad china, image and experience: the Jay W. Christopher transportation china collection. Valparaiso, IN, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, c2008. 71 p.
Bibliography: p. 69-71.
LC call number: NK4005.K73 2008

Luckin, Richard W. Dining on rails: an encyclopedia of railroad china. 2nd ed. v. 1- Golden, CO, RK Pub., 1990-
Includes index
LC call number: NK4005.L83 1990

Luckin, Richard W. Teapot treasury (and related items). Denver, RK Pub., 1987. 152 p.
Includes index.
LC call number: NK4695.T43L83 1987

Maffett, Everett L. Silver banquet: a compendium on railroad dining car silver serving pieces. Collectors ed. Eaton, OH, Silver Press, c1980-c1990. 2 v.
Bibliography, v. 1, p. 191.
LC call number: TF668.M34 1980

McIntyre, Douglas W. The official guide to railroad dining car china. Lockport, NY, D. W. McIntyre, c1990. 204 p.
Includes index.
LC Call number: NK4005.M37 1990 FT. MEADE



American Association of Dining Car Superintendents. Proceedings. New York, The Association, 1915-
LC call number: TF668. A1A5

Railway epicurean. Chicago, T. Burdine, 1905-1909.
LC call number: TF668.A1R3
LC is the only Library reporting holding this journal of which it has v. 1-2; 7-8.
Lists menus of many railroad lines.



American tells of dining on European trains. Railway epicurean, v. 8. July 1909: 33-34.

At a mile a minute: housekeeping on the dining car. Woman’s home companion, v. 37, Mar. 1910: 23.

Before there was plastic: collecting … dining car crockery and cutlery. Americana, v. 17, Jan./Feb. 1990: 50-53.

Caboose cuisine. Saturday evening post, v. 213, Apr. 19, 1941: 25, 81-82, 84.

Dining cars here and abroad. By Jarvis Pennington. Harpers weekly, v. 54, Feb. 5, 1910: 11.

Dining on wheels. Transport history, v. 10, issue 1, 1979: 41-62; v. 10, issue 2, 1979: 139-142.

Dining railway style. Journal of the West, v. 31, Jan. 1992: 31-35.

Dinner trains. Petersen’s photographic, v. 22, Aug. 1993: 36-39.

Forty miles of dinner deluxe. Sunset, v. 30, June 1913: 790-795.

Hints to chefs for the Thanksgiving dinner. Railway epicurean, v. 7, Nov. 1908: 15-16.

Quick-lunch cars. Outlook, v. 106, Jan. 3, 1914: 10-11.

Railroad eating. Scribner’s magazine, v. 43, May 1908: 635-636.

Railroads in the saloon business. Literary digest, v. 44, Apr. 27, 1912: 886-887.

Riding the rails in Fremont: … dinner train … bringing 1940’s-style rail travel back to life. Nebraska life, v. 11, no. 3, 2007: 58-63.

Sanitary dining car. Literary digest, v. 49, Oct. 10, 1914: 683-684.

Training of dining car employees. Monthly labor review, v. 17, Dec. 1928: 1231-1232.

Trying to feel at home in a dining car. By Homer Croy. Colliers, v. 52, Dec. 6, 1913: 28.

Upholding the standard. Railroad history, issue 199, fall/winter 2008: 18-29.

What we eat in dining cars. Literary digest, v. 89, May 8, 1928: 70-71.

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