1964 Western Star Brochure

This is one of my favorite brochures and I had intended to use it when I first mentioned the Western Star more than three years ago. But I wasn’t satisfied with the scans I had made of it, and I haven’t gotten around to rescanning it until now.

Click image to download a 3.0-MB PDF of this brochure.

The main reason I like this brochure is its colorful cover, which was evidently done by the same anonymous artist who did several GN magazine advertisements in the 1960s. It is a stark contrast to the cover of GN’s 1956 brochure for the same train–a cover so boring I didn’t even use it when I posted that brochure. I’ve reproduced it below for contrast.

Click image to download a 4.6-MB PDF of this 1956 brochure.

Inside, the 1956 brochure is actually a little nicer, as it is larger with bigger photos. Although both brochures are 9-inches tall when folded, when unfolded the 1956 brochure doubles in height while the 1964 version only adds 4-1/2 inches. This was apparently an economy measure in an era of declining passenger ridership.

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