Business & Finance: Train to Nowhere

"ALL ABOARD !" cried a Great Northern conductor in St. Paul last week. "ALL ABOARD!" but none of the passengers knew their destination. Neither did the engineer until, steam-up, he opened sealed orders. The trip was the road's first "mystery excursion." For $2 the passengers were taken to a secret destination, allowed to golf on a good course, boat, bathe and fish, dance in the evening, eat chicken dinners. The road hopes to make pin-money by such trips, compete with automobiles.

The idea originated in London where Southern Ry. starts its trains out of...

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