L&N 1955 Dinner Menu

Judging from the “C-NO-NO-C” code on the bottom of page 3, this menu was used on one of L&N’s two Cincinnati-New Orleans trains, the Humming Bird or Pan-American. The former left Cincinnati in the afternoon and New Orleans in the morning, the opposite of the Pan-American.

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The menu features a Gulf Coast Seafood Platter that includes crab, shrimp, trout or mackerel, and oysters, for $3 (about $21 today). It also has a few other Southern-style dishes, including broiled Gulf Coast fish, fried pork chops, and turkey-and-ham croquettes. The most expensive thing on the menu is a sirloin steak dinner for $4.50, more than $32 in today’s money.

This L&N publicity photo shows the blue stripe above the windows in the seven-car train, which could either be the Humming Bird or the Georgian. Click image for a larger view.

The Humming Bird and Georgian were post-war streamliners that each originally consisted of five streamlined coaches, a diner, and a tavern-lounge-observation car, all built by American Car & Foundry. The original cars were made of Cor-Ten steel with stainless steel sheathing, the only paint being a blue letter board above the windows.

L&N publicity photo showing the Humming Bird crossing Biloxi Bay. Click image for a larger view.

The above publicity photo was obviously used to make the colored postcard below. Note that part of the tree branch has been edited out to make room for a stationary hummingbird. The back of the postcard, which appears to have been sent to a New Haven agent in 1949, announces that a “six double bedroom, six section Pullman sleeper is now being operated” on the train.

Postcard based on the above photo. Click image to download a PDF of this card.

After just a few years, the cars suffered severe corrosion behind the stainless steel sheathing, leading the railroad to remove the sheathing and paint the cars entirely blue. The postcard below is the same scene updated to show the blue-painted train, now much longer than seven cars because of the addition of Pullman sleepers and a Chicago section.

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