Transport: Roomettes

For 78 years travelers who went to bed on trains either slept behind the green curtains of standard Pullman berths or paid a premium to use walled compartments, drawing rooms or bedrooms. Last year Pullman Co. built two experimental sleepers, named them Progress and Advance (renamed California and Bear Flag), loaned them to various railroads in the East and West for tryouts. Progress was a crack modern observation car; Advance a de luxe double-decker with nine rooms "down stairs" and seven on the upper level reached by individual stairs. This spring another...

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