The next major event on the road to Amtrak took place in 1967 when attorney Anthony Haswell formed the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Born in Dayton, Ohio and educated at the University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan, Haswell was no doubt familiar with and frustrated by the declining level of passenger trains offered by the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads. In 1969, Haswell persuaded the Senate committee to hold hearings on nine different bills that ranged from offering the railroads some financial support to having the federal government take over the trains.
As it happens, 1967 was also the year that the New York Central discontinued its flagship train, the Twentieth Century Limited. The train made its last run on December 3. The Pennsylvania’s Broadway Limited would survive into the Penn Central merger as indicated by this dinner menu.