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Beatles first trip to America aboard the Congressional Limited in 1964…

Beatles first trip to America aboard the Congressional Limited in 1964…

  • The Beatles were so excited to be madly popular in America they were going to fly down from New York, but a big snowstorm hit Washington and they took the train.

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  • The Beatles reserved a couple of cars on the train and got tickets for the press traveling with them. They couldn’t have had a better time.

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  • They were always looking for something to do.

Great video of the Beatles trip… 

  • They had a race up and down the car, and two of them went up and over the seats and two of them crawled in the baggage racks. And then they grabbed the waiters’ uniforms and served drinks.

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  • All kinds of funny things happened on the train. They were behaving for the camera. Ringo carried some camera bags and worked his way through the coach. They were strangers in a new land, enjoying that kind of fresh experience. A young meet Ringo and the conversation they had was so endearing.

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The Beatles aboard the Congressional Limited from New York to Washinton... in 1964...

The Beatles aboard the Congressional Limited from New York to Washinton… in 1964…

Linda Binns Liles, a train passenger, remembers the Beatle trip… “Well, I got two of their autographs, I think I need all four.” I was 9 years old, not a crazy teenager — when we stopped at stations, there were teenagers jumping up and down, trying to look in the windows — so I was able to get back there. I introduced myself to Ringo Starr and he promptly sat down and started talking with him. “You went to New York for the first time? So did I.”We had a normal conversation. I was sure he was interested in my fourth-grade teacher as much as I was interested in what he was doing. Paul McCartney, who had me calling him Uncle Paul, asked me if i was coming to their D.C. concert, and I was like: “No, I’ve got to go to school tomorrow!” I was perfectly serious.”

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