Golden Age of Beer

You may have noticed that I write about beer from time to time.  I am not an alcoholic and certainly don’t condone excessive consumption, but I do enjoy a cold brew or two.  I am particularly interested in the interface between the rail industry and beer production as some of my earlier posts explored–see here for just one of them.

Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado.

Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado.

There has been a close relationship between the two industries.  At one time, a large percentage of beer was shipped by rail.  While rail is used less for delivery throughout the nation, the raw materials are often brought in by rail to the larger breweries and some medium sized breweries as well.

Miller Brewery in Irwindale, California.

Miller Brewery in Irwindale, California.

Covered hoppers bringing in ingrediants at the Shiner brewery in Shiner, TX in 2011.  --photo by C Hunt

Covered hoppers bringing in ingredients at the Shiner brewery in Shiner, TX in 2011. –photo by C Hunt

I am making this rail link only to give me an excuse to write about what I really want to share, advertisements from the golden age of brewing in the United States.  The brewing companies really knew how to make great ads that were often fun, sometimes used subtle sex-appeal or resonated with the desire of men to be outdoors (or at least see themselves that way).

Below is a collection of some of my favorites.  (If your thinking this isn’t very rail oriented, remember my tag line, “AND A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF OTHER STUFF.”)

What a manly ambiance PBR evoked!

What a manly ambiance PBR evoked with this one!

Old school, but nice!

Old school, but nice!

That's an attractive bunch of folks.  Drinking Ballantine apparently enhances your looks.

That’s an attractive bunch of folks. Drinking Ballantine apparently enhances your looks.

More manliness.  Makes me want to grab a Hamm's and warm up at the fire too.

More manliness. Makes me want to grab a Hamm’s and warm up at the fire too.  I can almost smell the fish on the fire!

The National Beer of Baltimore!  Ninety percent of Natty Bo's sales are in the Balitimore area even today.

The National Beer of Baltimore! Ninety percent of Natty Bo’s sales are in the Baltimore area even today.

Notice the high heels.  Subtle, but very effective.

Notice the heels. Subtle, but effective.

Here's a Texas beauty wanting to hand you an ice cold Shiner.  As they say, "Nothing is finer than an ice cold Shiner!"

Here’s a Texas beauty wanting to hand you an ice cold Shiner. As they say, “Nothing is finer than an ice cold Shiner!”

If only you drank Genny's beer, you'd have a sweetheart waiting to give you a beer.

If only you drank Genny’s beer, you’d have a sweetheart waiting to give you one.

Great ads…I may just have to go find a cold one myself.

ATSF (and Burlington Northern) Heritage, Part II (Are there more?)

Yes.  There are more.

BNSF #480654 between Matfield and Aikman KS on Sep 21 2014. ©photo by Dan Rohrback.

BNSF #480654 between Matfield and Aikman KS on Sep 21 2014. ©photo by Dan Rohrback.

Here is at least a partial list of the 26 Heritage Cars of the BNSF.  (There were 27, but sadly one was wrecked.)
477432, Great Northern Heritage
477433, Great Northern Heritage
480539, Frisco Heritage
480654 SP&S Heritage
482111, SP&S Heritage
482554, SP&S Heritage
482825, Colorado and Southern Heritage
483110, Frisco Heritage
484002, Santa Fe Heritage
485059, Burlington Northern Heritage
485171, Santa Fe Heritage
485233, The Denver Road Heritage
485609, Northern Pacific Heritage
485704, Burlington Northern Heritage
485980, Colorado and Southern Heritage
486114, Burlington Route Heritage
486742, Frisco Heritage
486868, Colorado and Southern Heritage—-Destroyed 4/14. Unknown if will be replaced.
487379, The Denver Road Heritage
489368, Great Northern Heritage*
*This information is courtesy of — http://twincitiesrailfan.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2154
BNSF #483110 in Aberdeen, SD on Feb 27 2013.

BNSF #483110 in Aberdeen, SD on Feb 27 2013.  Photo by Nick Smith, courtesy of www.rrpicturearchives.net.

Interestingly, Overland Hobbies announced today that Athearn will produce HO cars in the Colorado and Southern, the Denver Road and Santa Fe heritage schemes.  See —

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4015dc2e-4540-4e7b-bf6f-bbbd709b115d&c=f62f7350-526b-11e3-b371-d4ae52710c75&ch=f6fcae60-526b-11e3-b3fe-d4ae52710c75
These three cars were featured in part I of this series.
Keep an eye out for these interesting cars!

ATSF (and Burlington Northern) Heritage

A number of railroads are commemorating their heritage through special locomotive paint schemes.  The BNSF, created when the ATSF and Burlington Northern merged in 1996, chose a different method.

BNSF has painted a number of covered hoppers in commemorative schemes.  Unlike the normal boxcar red of most BNSF covered hoppers…

BNSF #   in Brady, Texas    2008.  photo by C. Hunt

BNSF #486489 in Brady, Texas June 20, 2008. –photo by C. Hunt

…these cars are light gray so they really stand out in BNSF consists.

BNSF  485171 Kansas City_MO_John_Rus_2014-09-03_82209

BNSF #485171 in Kansas City, MO September 3, 2014. ©photo by John Rus, courtesy of http://www.railcarphotos.com/ (Opening photo is also a portion of this nice photo by John Rus.)

BNSF 477433 in Fort Worth TX May 8, 2013.  ©photo by Roberto Alaniz, courtesy www.rrpicturearchives.net/

BNSF #477433 in Fort Worth TX May 8, 2013. ©photo by Roberto Alaniz, courtesy http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/

This car honors the Great Northern.  The GN became part of the BN in 1970.

BNSF 485609 Old Monroe MO May 13 2014 Shane Gillam copyright rrpa

BNSF #485609 in Old Monroe, MO on May 13 2014 ©photo Shane Gillam, courtesy http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/

The Northern Pacific became part of the BN at the same time.

What is also great is that the BNSF has chosen to honor its lesser known heritage roads.

BNSF 486868 in Barr Lake,  CO on Dec 30 2013.  http://www.railpictures.net/

BNSF #486868 in Barr Lake, CO on Dec 30 2013. ©photo by John Shine, courtesy of http://www.railpictures.net/

Though formally part of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy for decades, the Colorado and Southern was absorbed into the BN in 1981.

BNSF 485233 in Fort Worth, TX on Dec 6 2013. Roberto Alaniz rrpa not copy

BNSF #485233 in Fort Worth, TX on Dec 6 2013. ©photo by Roberto Alaniz, courtesy of http://www.railpictures.net

Though long affiliated with the Colorado and Southern Railway, the Fort Worth and Denver, “The Denver Road,” became part of the BN in 1982.

Thankfully, each of these great photographers captured these cars before any tagging (graffiti) occurred.

I hope this effort on the part of railroads to honor their heritage continues!