A promotional film made in 1935 by the New York Central Lines. Features a journey on the 20th Century Limited, once America’s premier train.
The New York-Chicago market was the premier intercity passenger service for Eastern railroading and the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited competed with rival Pennsylvania Railroad and its Broadway Limited for top honors (although based from traffic figures the 20th Century Limited did have an edge over the Broadway). While it will likely always be argued which train was the most successful what cannot be argued is their distinctive different styles with the20th Century Limited catering to business travelers and “new money” with its modernistic cool, sleek designs and colors while the Broadway Limited featured light, airy, and cheery accents and accommodated more to the older crowd. Ultimately, the rapidly declining interest in rail travel by the public through the 1950s forced the NYC to give up on its vaunted train and it made its final run in 1967.
Movie-star Kim Novak in the dining car on the New York bound 20th Century Ltd in 1956. Packed with businessmen, all eyes are on the beautiful celebrity.