A subject near and dear to my heart! I have been thrilled to own the Overland Trail (former SP 2981) for 31 years. As far as I know, the last operating railroad barbershop anywhere. As a writer above noted, it has always been important to me to have a barber cutting hair on any special train we were involved with (last year's New River Train may well have been our last account the current Amtrak debacle), as I felt it was a significant part of railroad history.
I personally never missed an opportunity and have been shorn by at least a dozen different barbers, with, perhaps, 50 haircuts performed at speed. My first thrill was the maiden public voyage of the former Santa Fe 3751 from Los Angeles to Bakersfield ... our maiden voyage as well and we had a barber aboard cutting hair ... I was the first one in the chair and had the time of my life recreating history (I have read that the Super Chief may have been the last train offering such services and that may have ended circa 1957).
The most memorable experience: the Overland had been a part of the Reno Fun Train for 13 years or so (dance car) ... on a whim for the 2016 season, one trip only, I sought permission from Key Holidays to invite a barber along. With permission granted, I (and a number of other passengers as well) enjoyed the tonsorial arts performed over Donner Pass aboard a car that was originally built for the very route!!
It seems that many of the nationwide premium trains (the ones patronized by the well heeled business traveler) carried a barbershop (say from the turn of the century up until the 50s) and provided a number of services well received by the aforementioned business traveler (not that he was the only partaker). On board the SP 2981, for example, a traveler could visit the barber, and partake of a shower, a haircut and leave a suit behind for pressing ... all dandy and ready to step off the train, hail a taxi and make his 11:00 appointment in his destination city!
The Overland Trail, BTW is a classic club lounge built by Pullman Standard in 1949 for Southern Pacific's San Francisco Overland. It features the barbershop, of course, but also a quarter circle bar and a stunning streamline modern, 39 seat lounge.
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