NYC New Fall Schedules, 1948

This 4-page brochure announces new schedules for the new trains advertised in yesterday’s timetable. The back page includes condensed schedules for 21 trains between New York/Boston and Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, and other major cities.

Click image to download a 2.9-MB PDF of this brochure.

Nearly a whole page of this brochure is given to the “all-new” 20th Century Limited, which is described as “America’s only all-private-room premium-fare train between the Heart of New York and the Heart of Chicago–overnight every night–with never a business hour lost!” Pennsylvania’s post-war Broadway Limited wouldn’t arrive until 1949, but even the 1938 edition of that train was an all-private-room train, so I wonder in what way the Century was the “only” train that fit the brochure’s intricate definition. I also question the “never a business hour lost,” as the eastbound train did not arrive in New York until 9:30 am.


NYC New Fall Schedules, 1948 — 1 Comment

  1. The Broadway Limited still had some compartments until the 1949 upgrade to complete streamlining. The NYC’s claim to the only all private rooms is technically correct because it had no open sections. The Broadway Limited was also not extra fare, so the NYC further qualified the train as “premium fare”. The Century ran on standard time all year and ignored daylight savings time. The actual local time in Chicago or NYC would have been one hour earlier, 8:00 or 8:30. It would have been back to 9:00 and 9:30 local on September 26, when DST ended. I suppose, as long as it was DST, you didn’t lose any business time on arrival, and you left Chicago or NYC at 5:00 or 6:00, so you didn’t lose any time on the afternoon end of things. It’s all pretty tricky definition.

    I’m a little confused about the all-Pullman trains they had. There were five of them, the Century, New England States, The Detroiter, Cleveland Limited, and Commodore Vanderbilt. Then we have the Water Level, listed as all Pullman, which only shows up on the timetable as a westbound train. Was that a mistake? Did it turn into some other train eastbound? Seems pretty odd.

    I also note that the car rental section only promised you a “late model” car, which could mean whatever Hertz wanted it too. By late 1948, car production rates were starting improve, but they weren’t able to keep up with orders. I imagine Hertz had to keep 1946 and 1947 models on hand so they’d have enough cars to meet the rental demand. It wouldn’t be acceptable to get a two year old car today from Hertz, but people understood the situation and I imagine there wasn’t much complaining. Most people were still driving prewar cars, so even a 1946 model was a step up.

    Regards, Jim

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