Away from It All on the 20th Century Limited

This March 10, 1954 menu offers whitefish meuniere, shrimp, capon, veal steak, roast ribs, and charcoal broiled sirloin steak. Prices for complete meals range from $3.90 ($33 in today’s dollars) to $5.85 ($49 today). For those with more modest tastes, there is also a club sandwich for $2 ($17 today), and if you want a glass of milk with that, it is an extra 25 cents ($2 today).

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The back of the menu invites passengers to watch the passing lights from their rooms–as an overnight train, the 20th Century didn’t offer a lot of scenic viewing opportunities–or to visit one of the train’s two lounge cars once they were done with dinner in the diner.

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