First Anniversary of the New Oriental Limited

Great Northern introduced a new Oriental Limited in 1924, and this brochure advertises its first birthday. I photographed the brochure at the Minnesota History Center, which doesn’t allow the use of scanners, so there are some slight parallax issues.

Click image to download an 2.7-MB PDF of this brochure.

“This New Oriental Limited is more than just a train,” says the brochure (note that “new” was made a part of the train’s name), “it is a complete system within the greater system of the railroad, and every day seven of these trains are following the banks of the Mississippi, crossing the plains of North Dakota and eastern Montana or traversing the low passes of the Rockies and the Cascades, while three more are at the terminals preparatory to their departure.” It is somewhat astounding to realize that the railroad needed ten entire train sets to serve this route, while the 1947 streamlined Empire Builder needed only five.

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