A B&O brochure calls the Columbian “The Train of the Year.” Although the Pennsylvania Railroad had completely re-equipped the all-Pullman Broadway Limited just 45 days before the B&O introduced the new Columbian, the nation’s oldest railroad could make the case that, as the only dome-car train in the East, it deserved the title of “The Eastern Train of the Year.” However, it could not compete with the five-domed California Zephyr, which had been inaugurated the same day as the renewed Broadway.
The railroad loved to publicize photos of its trains on the Thomas Viaduct, one of the nation’s oldest railway bridges. Located just south of Baltimore and completed in 1835, it is still in use today by B&O successor CSX.
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Here are two pictures that may have been taken the same day; they show the same locomotive, but that could be a coincidence.
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