Budd 1939 Brochure

This brochure is undated, but it lists some of the trains built by Budd and includes a map of routes covered by those trains. One of them is the Seaboard Air Line’s Silver Meteor, which started service on February 2, 1939, but Atlantic Coast Line’s Champion, which began service on December 1, 1939, is not shown. So the brochure must be from 1939 and was probably given out at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

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In addition to promoting stainless steel’s strength and light weight, the brochure specifically promotes Budd’s innovation of all-coach overnight trains, an idea that it sold to SAL and ACL. “The all-chair trains provide luxurious club and lounging space,” it says. “Their roomy, reclining chairs are individually controlled by the passenger.”

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