The MTH HO Scale 2 Car Sleeper Passenger Set New York Central models the New York Central 20th Century Limited sleeping cars as designed by industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss for the 1938 train. Dreyfuss was a pioneer in the concept of streamlining (very modern for the 1930s) products across many American industrial products, including locomotive and passenger car design. This set of two sleeper cars would have been typical of the consist of this famous train.
Road Name and History of the Twentieth Century Limited:
New York Central: The New York Central was one of the four great Eastern trunk lines. The Central spent much of the late 19th Century and the first half of the 20th Century as the chief rival to the largest US rail company, the Pennsylvania Railroad. Ironically in the critical New York -Chicago market the New York Central Railroad's 20th Century Limited was the premier train on this route, arguably eclipsing the Pennsylvania's Broadway Limited. One of the most famous passenger trains of all time, upper income and business travelers (and sometimes Hollywood stars and politicians) walked the red carpet to this glamorous train, just to experience the luxury opulence of outstanding dining, sleeping, bar, cafe, barber shop, plus many other amenities. The 16 hour travel time (which the Pennsylvania of course matched) also was a big selling point for the more privileged set. Another important selling tool for the NYC was their route, the Water Level Route, would be smoother than the Pennsy's route that included hills and mountains.
Interesting Fact: The 20th Century Limited played a major role in the classic 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film, North X Northwest.
We recommend for Ages 14 and Up.