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Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limitedby Joe Welsh
Synopses & Reviews
In 1923 the Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited started its travels between Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Two years later the B&O's National Limited linked the nations capital to St. Louis. Almost at once the two lines became household names, famous for the outstanding service and cuisine offered in their Pullman sleepers and renowned dining cars.
This authoritative, illustrated history takes readers back to the B&O's glory years, with a wealth of images, route information, details of the trains passenger motive power, and the inside story on the frugal railroads means of streamlining its equipment with innovative and aesthetically striking results.
Against a backdrop of dozens of black-and-white archival images and period color photos depicting uniforms, dinnerware, stations, period ads and route maps, and interior views of passenger cars, award-winning rail author Joe Welsh discusses how B&O passenger operations led to the demise of at least one of its rival Pennsylvania Railroads passenger trains; and how, ultimately, market forces did in the B&O's passenger trains as well.
Here is the whole story, with the National Limited's failure under Amtrak's auspices--and the 1981 rebirth of the Capitol Limited as one of Amtrak's most popular trains, keeping a legend alive.
About the Author
Joe Welsh is currently a transportation planner for the City of Auburn, Washington. Prior to working in public-sector traffic and rail engineering, he served as a senior transportation consultant to nationally recognized transit agencies. A regular contributor to Trains magazine, he is the author of nine books, including the critically acclaimed Pennsy Streamliners (Kalmbach Publishing), By Streamliner New York to Florida (Andover Junction), and The American Railroad and Classic American Streamliners (MBI). His 2004 book Travel by Pullman (MBI), co-authored with William F. Howes, Jr., was nominated for the 2005 Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Book Award.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Trip on the National Limited, February 1960
Chapter 2 Predecessors and Early Years, 1880s–1923
Chapter 3 The Standard Heavyweight Era, 1923–1938
Chapter 4 The Streamlined Era, 1938–1958
Chapter 5 An Honorable Retreat, 1958–1971
Chapter 6 Running Mates
Chapter 7 The Competition
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