The four passenger trains on the cover of this timetable showing are deceptive, as by 1964 the Nickel Plate operated only two trains a day: one from Buffalo to Chicago and the other from Chicago to Buffalo. The former was called the City of Chicago, while the latter was confusingly called the City of Cleveland. Between Chicago and Cleveland, the trains included sleeping cars and a club-diner-lounge, but only coaches between Cleveland and Buffalo.
At least as late as 1960, the Nickel Plate and Lackawanna offered through trains between Chicago and New York City (or Hoboken, where the Lackawanna terminated), but by 1964 passengers had to change trains in Buffalo. This wasn’t so bad westbound, as travelers could leave New York City on a 9 am ferry, catch the train in Hoboken, and change trains during a 25-minute layover in Buffalo. Eastbound was a lot less convenient as it required a five-hour layover in Buffalo and the Erie-Lackawanna train then arrived at Hoboken at 4 am. Since the ferry didn’t begin operating until 7, New York-bound passengers would take a PATH train to Manhattan.