The MTH Trains HO 2 Car Parlor/Diner Passenger Car Set New York Central models the Parlor and Diner Cars of the Empire State Express, a streamlined stainless steel passenger train the New York Central introduced ironically on December 7, 1941 ( We are sure the train did not make the headlines!) The new train was a daytime train offering a superior level of service including stewardesses, reserved coach or parlor car seating, and two tavern/lounge (Diner) cars.
Parlor Car: Alfred E. Smith Diner Car: George Clinton
New York Central named some of the Empire State Express cars after New York Governors
Road Name and Empire State Express History:
New York Central Railroad: For many years New York Central Railroad would "battle it out" with arch-rival Pennsylvania Railroad on the New York to Chicago route with ever more luxurious, ever faster passenger trains. While not a competitor on the entire route, the 1890s Empire State Express was the flagship train of the New York Central & Hudson River (a New York Central predecessor) on the New York to Buffalo, and later Cleveland, "Water Level Route". The Empire State Express was the first train to exceed a 52 mph scheduled speed and also once had a 143 mile non-stop scheduled run from New York to Albany, the longest non-stop run of that time period. As noted above, in 1941 the Empire State Express was completely refitted with all stainless steel cars of the most modern design built by the Budd Company, and a J-3a Hudson (4-6-4) steam locomotive which was also "streamlined". The train survived until Amtrak's taking over US passenger trains in 1971, and Amtrak has honored the name by calling its New York State services "Empire Service".
Historic Fact: In May 1893 the Empire State Express powered by the famous 4-4-0 New York Central & Hudson River #999 which may have been the first locomotive to break the 100 mph barrier, reaching 112 mph on the Batavia-Buffalo line (While there is some doubt that speed was reached, the #999 still became a very famous locomotive).
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