Departing 6:00 PM for Chicago.
The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train on the New York Central Railroad from 1902 to 1967, advertised as "The Most Famous Train in the World." The train traveled between Grand Central Terminal in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago along the railroad's "Water Level Route." NYC inaugurated this train as competition to the Pennsylvania Railroad, aimed at upper class and business travelers. It made few station stops along the way and used track pans to take water at speed. Beginning on June 15, 1938, when it got streamlined equipment, it ran the 958 miles (1,542 km) in 16 hours, departing New York City at 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time and arriving at Chicago's LaSalle Street Station the following morning at 9:00 A.M. Central Time, averaging 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). Its style was described as "spectacularly understated ... suggesting exclusivity and sophistication". Passengers walked to the train on a specially designed crimson carpet which was rolled out in New York and Chicago. "Getting the red carpet treatment" passed into the language from this memorable practice. Image via 20th Century Limited Pinterest.
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