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Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited (Great Passenger Trains)
Synopses & Reviews
Inaugurated in 1923 and 1925, respectively, the Baltimore & Ohio’s Capitol Limited and National Limited became household names in cross-country transportation. Their outstanding service and cuisine offered in Pullman sleepers and the railroad’s renowned dining cars quickly established both trains as market leaders.
This authoritative and illustrated history from Joe Welsh, one of the most-respected passenger train experts in the United States, provides railfans with an in-depth study of both trains’ motive power rolling stock, services, and facilities through each train’s demise. Dozens of archival black-and-white and color photography from collections around the country, depict the Capitol Limited and National Limited all along their respective Baltimore–Washington–Chicago and Baltimore–Washington–St. Louis routes. Complementing the rare and evocative photography are period ads, timetables, and menus, all comprising a stunning visual account of the heyday of passenger train travel aboard two of the nation’s finest “name” trains.
Welsh also delves into B&O passenger operations dating as early as the 1880s, describes the roles of major players in the railroad’s passenger operations, examines the railroad’s 1938 entry into the streamline era, and analyzes the B&O’s major competitors. In addition, special tables describe Capitol and National Limited consists, and Welsh even re-creates a typical journey aboard the 1960 National Limited.
The illustrated, authoritative story of two of America’s best-known lines, linking the nation’s capital with Chicago and St. Louis.
The illustrated, authoritative story of two of America's best-known lines, linking the nation's capital with Chicago and St. Louis.
With 40-plus years of passenger service already to its credit, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1923 inaugurated the Baltimore–Washington–Chicago Capitol Limited. Two years later, it followed with the Baltimore–Washington–St. Louis National Limited. The two trains would become renowned for outstanding services and cuisine.
Noted passenger-train authority Joe Welsh (Travel by Pullman and Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway Limited), takes readers along on a marvelously illustrated account describing the development, motive power, and amenities of both trains from the heavyweight era through their respective demises in 1971 and 1968. Illustrated throughout with rare archival photography in both black-and-white and color, along with period ads, timetables, and menus, this look back at the heyday of the passenger train in America also describes the Capitol’s and National’s principle competitors, as well as their B&O running mates. The result is a fitting tribute to one of the most celebrated “name” trains in the annals of U.S. railroading.
In 1923 the Baltimore and 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.
About the Author
Joe Welsh is a transportation planner for the City of Auburn, Washington. A regular contributor to TRAINS magazine, Welsh has appeared on the History Channel and is the author of nine books, including The American Railroad, Classic American Streamliners, Travel by Pullman, and Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway Limited.
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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