Amtrak Alco Century Lunch-Dinner Menu

Union Pacific liked big, powerful locomotives, and in 1963 it asked Alco, General Electric, and General Motors to design Diesels that could produce at least 5,000 horsepower. Alco responded with the Alco Century 855, the most powerful Diesel built up to that time. The locomotive wasn’t very successful; UP bought only three and retired them after just eight years while it bought twenty of GE’s entry and 27 of the General Motors version plus 47 of the GM’s follow-up.

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Despite its problems, Howard Fogg portrayed the Alco locomotive with an early container train in this centennial painting used by Amtrak on another Travelers Rest lunch-dinner menu. This menu offered grilled veal, fried chicken, fried perch, hot beef sandwich, and, of course, the famous “grilled ground beef pattie on toasted bun topped with slice of American cheese.”

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